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On Sunday, August 23rd, fifty five players became part of the CWHL, and will join the Brampton Thunder, the Toronto Furies, the Montreal Stars, the Calgary Inferno and the Boston Blades for the upcoming 2015-2016 season.

Canadian d-player Sarah Edney was selected first overall by the Brampton Thunder, followed by Emily Fulton to Toronto, Marie Philip-Poulin to Montreal, Brianne Jenner to Calgary, and Kristina Brown to Boston.

Sarah Edney just finished her senior year at Harvard University. She played 127 games for Harvard, collecting 88 points in that time. In her senior year alone she was named the ECAC’s best blueliner and the ECAC tournament’s most outstanding player, was a finalist for ECAC’s player of the year, and was named to the All-Ivy League First Team.

CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress welcomed the draft picks, many of whom played in the league’s inaugural golf tournament in Toronto last week. “When your draft class features three players who have already won Olympic gold medals, it is clear that the talent pool is unbelievably strong,” said Andress. “The skill, determination and leadership represented in the 2015 draft is unparalleled. Looking at recent NCAA and CIS graduates alongside national team players from around the world and marrying this with the strength already in the league, suggests that the CWHL will again ice the best competition that this sport has to offer. I wish every one of these players the very best of luck in their upcoming tryout camps.”

Below are the top five draft picks for each team:

Brampton

  1. Defence Sarah Edney (Harvard University)
  2. Forward Jenna McParland (University of Minnesota-Duluth)
  3. Forward Rebecca Vint (Robert Morris University)
  4. Forward Kristen Richards (Niagara University/Robert Morris University)
  5. Forward Becca King (University of Manitoba)

Toronto

  1. Forward Emily Fulton (Cornell University)
  2. Forward Laura Brooker (Wilfrid Laurier Univsersity)
  3. Forward Ashton Hogan (Elmira College)
  4. Forward Sarah Stevenson (Liberty University)
  5. Defenceman Katie Gaskin (Wayne State University/Elmira College)

Montreal

  1. Forward Marie-Philip Poulin (Boston University)
  2. Forward Katia Clement-Heydra (McGill University )
  3. Forward Karell Emard (McGill University)
  4. Forward Leslie Oles (McGill University)
  5. Forward Alyssa Sherrard (Concordia University)

Calgary

  1. Forward Brianne Jenner (Cornell University)
  2. Forward Hayley Wickenheiser (University of Calgary)
  3. Forward Jill Saulnier (Cornell University)
  4. Forward Blayre Turnbull (University of Wisconsin)
  5. Defenceman Brigette Lacquette (University of Minnesota-Duluth)

Boston

  1. Forward Kristina Brown (Boston College)
  2. Forward Nicole Giannino (College of Holy Cross )
  3. Forward Elizabeth Tremblay (Lionel Groulx)
  4. Forward Rachel Farrell (University of Connecticut)
  5. Forward Sadie St. Germain (Syracuse University)

Jay is a goalie, which they feel explains a lot. When they aren't flailing in the blue paint, they like to shout about the Columbus Blue Jackets' playoff chances to anyone who will listen, and have, on occasion, been known to write an article or two about women's hockey.

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