First Round Draft Pick Signs With Toronto

A nugget of NWHL news today, as the Toronto Six sign one of their draft picks for their roster for Season 7.

Here is what I wrote about her on draft night:

5- Toronto Six – D Taylor Davison, York University

The last pick of the Toronto Six in the first round, the defender hails from Oakville, ON. She would play for 4 years at York University. She would play 94 games, in that time frame, she would net 13 goals and add 33 assists for a grand total of 46 points.

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You can check out the full press release here:

TORONTO SIX SIGN DEFENDER TAYLOR DAVISON, FIRST ROUND NWHL DRAFT PICK

by Justin Levine

Toronto, ON- The Toronto Six added their fifteenth player on Wednesday morning, signing first-round NWHL Draft pick Taylor Davison to her first professional contract.

“I’m actually super excited to get started with them,” the defender said. “I think it’s super cool that this is only their second season and is the only team in Canada, I’m excited that I went first round being one of the only U SPORTS athletes because I think that U SPORTS athletics is just as competitive as it is in the NCAA, so it was very important to me and I’m really excited to get started with the team.”

Davison was picked fifth overall on June 29 and was the third of a record eight players chosen by the Six in the league’s annual selection process. A product of York University, the defender spent four seasons in the U SPORTS women’s hockey program. Skating with the OUA’s York Lions, Davison earned conference first-team all-star honours for the first time in her Senior year. The left-handed shooter played in 24 games during the 2019-20 season, where she recorded 20 points to bring her collegiate totals to 46 points in 94 career contests. From 2016-19, Davison played with Erin Locke, who Toronto picked fifteenth overall in the 2020 NWHL Draft.

“Taylor is an offensive defender who makes plays happen from the back end,” said Digit Murphy, President of the Toronto Six. “Her ability to jump into the rush and quarterback the power play in university made her someone we considered strongly in the evaluation process. Her U SPORTS coach, Dan Church, spoke of her amazing character and leadership ability on and off the ice and that sealed the deal. We are excited to have Taylor help us compete for an Isobel Cup in Season 7.”

Prior to attending post-secondary, the criminology graduate played with the Burlington Barracudas in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. During her lone campaign in 2015-16, the 23-year-old amassed 14 points, racking up nine goals, while adding five assists.

Davison joins a defensive core that already includes the likes of Saroya Tinker, Lindsay Eastwood and Emma Greco. The five-foot-six native of nearby Oakville becomes the thirteenth Canadian to sign with the Six for 2021-22.

“Taylor is one of the best players to come through the York Lions women’s hockey program,” said Dan Church, Head Coach of the York Lions women’s hockey team. “She was a leader on and off the ice. I’m thrilled that she will be continuing her hockey career in the NWHL with the Toronto Six. The Six are getting a dynamic two-way defender who will work hard every game and contribute in the community as well. I can’t wait to see what she does at the next level.”

With the tools and skills to succeed at the pro level, Davison says she’s excited to meet her teammates and compete at the highest level.

“I’m really excited to meet everyone. I know one girl on the team [Amy Curlew] and she’s spoken highly of the coaching staff and the players,” she said. “I think that a huge part in the game for me is just my teammates because you’re with them everyday, so having a good relationship with the coaches and the players that you’re constantly with is something that holds a lot of value to me. I’m excited to travel and play other teams at this high level, that is something that I’m very excited to start.”

TXHT will continue to provide NWHL coverage as more signings and news are announced.

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