Sunday night at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Toronto, 66 players were drafted into the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Of that 66, 13 had laced up for a U SPORTS women’s hockey program in their careers.
Ailish Forfar (Ryerson University ’18) was the first U SPORTS alumna selected, taken 9th overall by the Markham Thunder. Forfar was pre-signed last week ahead of the draft, but still heard her name called and received her Thunder jersey and cap on stage.
BREAKING: The Thunder announce the pre-signing of draft prospect @ailishforfar
— Markham Thunder HC (@ThunderCWHL) 21 August 2018
Kelly Gribbons (Guelph University ’18) was the next U SPORTS grad taken, 31st overall, joining Forfar on the reigning Clarkson Cup champions. Gribbons was the first of three-straight alumnae taken, as Venla Hovi (University of Manitoba, ’18) went 32nd to the Calgary Inferno, while Marie-Joëlle Allard (Concordia Univesity ’18) was selected by Montreal with the last pick of the 6th round at 33rd overall.
Congratulations to all the draftees ! pic.twitter.com/nxab9re1Bs
— CWHL (@TheCWHL) 26 August 2018
In Round 7, forward Kaitlin Willoughby (Saskatchewan ’18) and the lone AUS representative, blue-liner Emma Martin (UPEI, ’18) were taken 37th and 38th respectively.
In Round 8, the Toronto Furies called out their first and only U SPORTS product, defender Emma Pearson (Western Mustangs ’18). The Richmond Hill, Ont. native suited up in 94 games for the ‘Stangs, scoring 7 goals and adding 18 helpers, including three points in Western’s run to the national championship final last season.
McGill’s Olivia Atkinson (’18) went 48th to Montreal, while Cheyann Newman (Calgary ’18) and Maude Gélinas (Montreal ’16) were scooped up with the final two picks in the 11th round by the cities where they played their university hockey.
Best of luck this season ! pic.twitter.com/qdFWYBdqkb
— CWHL (@TheCWHL) 26 August 2018
Despite announcing on August 22 that she has signed a deal with SK Gorny in Russia, Tatiana Rafter (University of British Columbia ’15) was selected in Round 12, 61st overall by the Calgary Inferno. The 2017-18 Isobel Cup champion spent the last three seasons in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)—the other North American professional women’s hockey league—with the Beauts and Riveters organizations. She was one of four NWHL players to be drafted into the CWHL on Sunday night.
Andréanne Carlos (Carleton ’18) followed Rafter at pick 62, heading to les Canadiennes, and was the final alumna drafted.
The complete list of U SPORTS alumnae drafted in the 2018 CWHL Draft is below.
|Pick||Name||Position||Drafted By||U SPORTS School|
|9||Ailish Forfar||Forward||Markham Thunder||Ryerson Rams|
|31||Kelly Gribbons||Forward||Markham Thunder||Guelph Gryphons|
|32||Venla Hovi||Forward||Calgary Inferno||Manitoba Bisons|
|33||Marie-Joëlle Allard||Defence||Canadiennes de Montréal||Concordia Stingers|
|37||Kaitlin Willoughby||Forward||Calgary Inferno||Saskatchewan Huskies|
|38||Emma Martin||Defence||Canadiennes de Montréal||UPEI Panthers|
|40||Emma Pearson||Defence||Toronto Furies||Western Mustangs|
|48||Olivia Atkinson||Forward||Canadiennes de Montréal||McGill Martlets|
|53||Caroll-Ann Gagné||Defence||Canadiennes de Montréal||Concordia Stingers|
|57||Cheyann Newman||Forward||Calgary Inferno||Calgary Dinos|
|58||Maude Gélinas||Forward||Canadiennes de Montréal||Montreal Carabins|
|61||Tatiana Rafter||Forward||Calgary Inferno||UBC Thunderbirds|
|62||Andréanne Carlos||Forward||Canadiennes de Montréal||Carleton Ravens|
5 – Players drafted from the RSEQ
4 – Players drafted from Canada West
3 – Players drafted from the OUA
1 – Players drafted from the AUS
To watch an on-demand version of the draft, click here. For more information about the 2018 CWHL Draft, click here.
*The year after the U SPORTS school an athlete played for indicates the last season they spent with the team, not necessarily a graduating class.