Another nugget of news out of the NWHL today, and it comes from north of the border. The Toronto Six have re-signed Emma Woods for Season 7.
This will be Woods’ second year in the league and second year with the Six. During her rookie campaign, she played in 4 games, posting 4 assists on the year, while also finishing with a plus 2 rating.
You can check out the full press release here:
THE LAST PIECE TO TEAM CAPTAINCY, TORONTO SIX SIGN FORWARD EMMA WOODS
by Justin Levine
Toronto, ON- With much of the core set in stone to seek redemption, the Toronto Six bolstered their roster on Wednesday, signing Emma Woods, who returns for her second NWHL season.
“I am thrilled to have another shot to win the Isobel cup and bring it back to Toronto for the first time,” the forward said. “This past season definitely didn’t end the way we wanted it to, and I think that makes me even more excited to get back with the team and prove what we are capable of, and believe we can do!”
Woods became the ninth player to sign with the Six for 2021-22 after serving as an assistant captain in the team’s inaugural season alongside Emma Greco and captain Shiann Darkangelo. Her shortened campaign included four games in Lake Placid, New York where she tied for fourth in team scoring with four assists, guiding the Six to a regular season title. She skated on the top line with Darkangelo and league MVP Mikyla Grant-Mentis and helped the team gain valuable playoff experience with an appearance in the Isobel Cup Semifinals in Boston against the Pride.
“We are excited to re-sign Emma Woods to the Toronto Six organization,” said Digit Murphy, President of the Toronto Six. “She is someone who puts the team before herself in all situations, works hard and buys into our mindset. She contributes everyday with her knowledge and experience to the team and her experience in women’s pro hockey will continue to grow and educate our organization, as she knows what it takes to play in our league. She is both a lead by example and vocal player and we are looking forward to what she will do in Season 7-welcome back Woodsie!”
A native of Burford, Ontario, Woods played two seasons of junior hockey between the K-W Lady Rangers and Cambridge Rivulettes, where she was named as team captain in 2012-13. She committed to Quinnipiac University and spent four seasons in the Division I hockey program from 2013-17 and served as the Bobcats captain in her Senior year.
Woods was originally drafted by the Buffalo Beauts back in 2016 with the 14th overall pick. Having played her Sophomore year at Quinnipiac with Darkangelo, the right-handed shooter started her professional career following in the captain’s footsteps in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
She played two years under Murphy in Shenzhen, China, compiling 35 points, tallying 17 goals, while adding 18 assists. The Canadian continued to play overseas at the highest level, making the move to Sweden with Leksands IF alongside Toronto Six centre Brooke Boquist. After helping guide her team en route to the playoffs, the 25-year-old received a call from Murphy to join the newest expansion team in the NWHL.
Anxious to get underway in Season 7, Woods can’t wait for October to fill the seats with supporters and family.
“I think I can speak for our entire team when I say that playing in Toronto, for our family and friends is the reason we signed with the Six,” she said. “Getting to play at home for the first time in my professional career is really special, and I think it is going to bring our game and excitement to another level!”
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