Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
TORONTO- Fifteen former women's hockey players highlighted the day for Division III colleges at Sunday's Canadian Women's Hockey League Draft in Toronto. Four organizations in the growing seven team league drafted a player from that contingent highlighted by eight players going to the Boston Blades and another five selected by Toronto. Plattsburgh, Elmira, UMass Boston, and New England College each produced two selections apiece, while Southern Maine, Oswego, the University of New England, Adrian, Neumann, Canton, and Manhattanville each saw one former player selected. The former ECAC West and the New England Hockey Conference held strong with six selections apiece. The list of players selected includes multiple national champions and All-Americans, and one Laura Hurd National Player of the Year award winner.
In all, 113 players were selected in the Draft's 23 rounds. Draftees are invited to team training camps for the upcoming season, with no guarantee provided of a roster spot.
Pick 23: Shannon Stewart(Plattsburgh), Forward, Toronto Furies
Stewart headlines the crop of former Division III players in this year's draft as the top ranking graduate, and will compete for a roster spot after two years playing overseas in Sweden and Germany. While at Plattsburgh, Stewart was a two-time national champion, beginning a title streak that has continued with her successors in the North Country. She was also a second team All-American and a three time All-ECAC West selection that finished with 144 career points to rank among the school's all-time leaders.
Pick 30: Alexa Aramburu(Oswego), Forward, Toronto Furies
The Toronto franchise doubled down on Empire State rivals by also selecting the former Laker Aramburu. Aramburu polished off a four year career with 61 points in 105 career games, providing an offensive boost while contributing to a program best four consecutive winning seasons on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Pick 37: Cassidy Delainey(Elmira), Forward, Toronto Furies
Toronto has had a strong pipeline through Elmira College in recent seasons, providing a landing spot for former Soaring Eagles Tanis Lamoureux, Katie Gaskin, and Ella Stewart. Add Delainey to the list, as she will rejoin the playing ranks after a some time away that included a coaching stint with the Olds Grizzlys Bantam squad in her native Alberta. Delainey contributed 19 points as a sophomore on Elmira's 2013 NCAA Championship squad, and went on to be continually productive with 93 total career points in over 100 games. Perhaps Delainey's most notable individual season came two years later, when she led all of college hockey with a Division III record 17 power play goals for the season.
Pick 44: Grace Klienbach(Neumann), Forward, Toronto Furies
The ECAC West alumni contingent gets stronger with Klienbach. She was a late bloomer at Neumann, who didn't have more than 10 points in a single season until her senior year when she exploded for 29 total points in her final season of eligibility. That production helped add balance to the Knight attack on a forward line that features one of the nation's best returning forwards in Bek Lucas. She did not miss a game in her entire collegiate career with the Knights.
Pick 52: Megan Delay(Plattsburgh), Defense, Markham Thunder
The 2016 NCAA Division III champion blueliner hasn't been seen in some time at this level, as she left Plattsburgh after her freshman year to attend Brock University instead, and will now take her talents to a first year franchise in Markham. Delay posted 11 points in 27 games during her team's 2016 NCAA title run while working within a unit that allowed a dominant 0.73 goals per game.
Pick 57: Kristen Embrey(UMass Boston), Forward, Boston Blades
Embrey is the first player off the board that doesn't come from the former ECAC West, and will stay in Boston after a rewarding four year career at UMass Boston. The best season of Embrey's collegiate career came as a junior, as she posted 20 of her 46 career points to help propel the Beacons to a shocking NEHC title run and the team's first NCAA tournament bid.
Pick 79: Brooke Gibson(Adrian), Goaltender, Toronto Furies
Fresh off a run to the NCAA title game, Gibson now looks to make a dent in the CWHL amongst a large Division III contingent skating with the Furies. She finished this season with near pristine numbers while splitting time with fellow senior Jade Walsh. She posted a 15-2 record with a 1.57 goals against average and a .927 save percentage amongst this season's workload, and was 34-5-0 for her career while backstopping the Bulldogs to multiple conference titles in the NCHA.
Pick 81: Shayna Dominique(Canton) Goaltender, Les Canadiennes de Montreal
Dominique posted respectable numbers for what was a first year program at Canton at the time, notching an 8-14-3 record and 2.83 goals against average while turning aside just shy of 92 percent of the shots she faced in the 2013-14 season. She did not appear in a Division III game after that season.
Pick 90: Ashley Ryan(Elmira), Forward, Boston Blades
Now the Coordinator of Hockey Operations for the Northeastern University Women, one of the most decorated Division III players of all time may have some unfinished business on the ice after a late round selection. The two-time All-American, 2015 Laura Hurd National Player of the Year winner, and 2013 National Champion returns to the ice after headlining the Soaring Eagles points list in three out of the four seasons she played, and planting herself among the school's all-time leaders with 97 assists(3rd), 157 career points(3rd), and 61 career goals(4th). Elmira won over 90 games, and did not fail to win at least 20 in a single campaign over the course of her college career.
Pick 93: Taryn Harris(Manhattanville), Defense, Boston Blades
Harris was a cornerstone piece in revitalizing the women's program at Manhattanville, as the Valiants posted one of their best season since 2012-13 in her senior campaign as one of the Valiant rearguards. Harris appeared in 100 career games and was a 2016-17 All-NEHC selection.
Pick 96: Rachel Vigliano(New England College), Forward, Boston Blades
Vigliano came on her strongest at the end of her college career, posting 12 goals and six assists for a team best 18 points in her final season with the Pilgrims.
Pick 99: Megan Servaes(New England College), Defense, Boston Blades
Servaes played in 92 career games for New England College on the blue line while aiding her team to 13 wins in the past two years.
Pick 102: Gabby Crugnale(University of New England), Forward, Boston Blades
Crugnale will attempt to make the Blades as a left wing after a four year career with the Nor'Easters. Crugnale appeared in 100 games, putting up 30 goals and 36 assists to factor into the UNE attack across her career.
Pick 108: Lizzie Aveson(UMass Boston), Forward, Boston Blades
After transferring out of her sister's alma mater at Plattsburgh, where she was part of the 2014 National Championship Team, Aveson made herself right at home at UMass Boston, putting up 33 points in a three year span while winning two conference titles and appearing on two NCAA tournament team rosters.
Pick 111: Cassandra Sherman(Southern Maine), Defense, Boston Blades
Sherman was the last pick in a banner year for Division III selections at the CWHL draft a year after wrapping up her college career. Sherman played for the Huskies from 2012 to 2016, and was the team's active career points leader with 47 when her tenure was completed.