A nugget of NWHL news today, as Eastwood; Lindsay Eastwood, has re-signed with the Toronto Six. It will be the defender’s second year in the league, and her second year on the team.
In the 6 games she played for the Six, during her rookie year, she scored 1 goal and added 5 assists for 6 points on the year. The lone goal she scored, was the first goal in Toronto Six’s history.
You can check out the full press release here:
FIRST GOAL SCORER IN TEAM HISTORY, DEFENDER LINDSAY EASTWOOD SIGNS WITH TORONTO SIX
by Justin Levine
Toronto, ON- The Toronto Six added a significant piece to their defensive end on Wednesday by signing their tenth player, Lindsay Eastwood, who returns for her second NWHL season.
“I had a ton of fun last year, we had such a good group and we have some unfinished business,” the defender said. “I think first and foremost, we were on a hot run there in Lake Placid and then I think if the situation was different, we would have had a different outcome on the season. I love the team, it was one of the most fun seasons I’ve had in a long time. The City of Toronto is a fun city, hopefully now it’ll open back up and we’ll be able to live a little more normal and hopefully have a regular season as well, so I’m really looking forward to starting fresh and seeing what it’s all about this year.”
The Kanata, Ontario native was one of four candidates for NWHL Defender of the Year and scored the team’s first goal in franchise history. She did so at Herb Brooks Arena on January 24 in the club’s second game of the shortened campaign in Lake Placid, New York.
Playing on a line alongside the likes of Megan Quinn, Eastwood’s abbreviated season included six games at the Miracle On Ice site where she tallied six points on one goal and five assists. This placed her second in team scoring behind MVP Mikyla Grant-Mentis and helped guide Toronto to a regular season title. Eastwood built on her early successes, gaining valuable playoff experience with an appearance in the Isobel Cup Semifinals in Boston against the Pride.
“Lindsay Eastwood is an important signing for the Toronto Six Blue line because her size and strength is an asset she uses effectively in her game and is a deterrent to our opponents,” said Digit Murphy, President of the Toronto Six. “She is also effective on the offensive side of the puck as she has a heavy shot and reads the ice well. On and off the ice she is leader in all respects of the game. She is someone who is constantly working to improve and this positive, ‘learn everyday’ approach is what we define ourselves by at the Six. We couldn’t be more thrilled that she’s re-signed for Season seven.”
Standing tall at six-foot-one, Eastwood played four seasons of junior hockey with the Nepean Wildcats in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. Making the playoffs in each of those seasons, she was named as team captain in 2013-14.
Following an eight-game playoff run to conclude her junior career, Eastwood made her first appearance on the national stage being named by Hockey Canada to the U18 World Championship. That’s where she skated in five games en route to a silver medal in Budapest, Hungary.
She then committed to Syracuse University where she spent four seasons in the Division I hockey program from 2016-20 and served as the Orange captain in her final two years. During her Senior season she ranked first in assists (20) while also sharing the team lead in points (28). Earning recognition for that performance, the Canadian was awarded the prestigious Doris R. Soladay Award for community involvement and “a history of positively influencing their peers personally, academically, and athletically.”
Eastwood was also named a First Team All-Star, and in 2019, helped guide the Orange to the program’s first ever CHA Tournament title. Playing in the heart of New York State, she competed alongside Brooke Avery and Allie Olnowich of the Metropolitan Riveters and also skated with the Connecticut Whale’s Allie Munroe and Emma Polaski.
With a drive to go all the way in Season 7, Lindsay can’t wait to get the band back together.
“I’m just so excited to get back out there on the ice with the girls,” Eastwood said. “I love the team and we have a great thing going, so just being a part of the team and getting on the ice and messing around with the girls and having a good time.”
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