2018 Top Prospects: Sarah Nurse


A dynamic forward, Sarah Nurse enters the 2018 CWHL Draft as one of the most highly anticipated prospects this coming season.

The Hamilton, Ontario native brings with her an Olympic silver medal, having competed as a member of Team Canada at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics this past February. A rookie to the Olympic team, she donned the maple leaf in all five games of the tournament, recording her first career Olympic goal in a 2-1 round-robin win over the USA.

Collegiately, Nurse shined as a member of the University of Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey program. Nurse tallied 137 points (76 G, 61 A) in 150 games played in Madison, Wisconsin. She registered a career-best 53 points (25 G, 28 A) in her senior season, serving as an alternate captain, while also earning All-WCHA 2nd Team and 2nd Team All-American honours.

Nurse also possesses a IIHF U18 World Championship gold medal, winning alongside 2017 CWHL Draft selections Taryn Baumgardt, Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Hanna Bunton, and fellow 2018 CWHL Draft registrants Catherine Daoust and Kimberly Newell. She also competed as a member of Team Canada at the Nations Cup and 4-Nations Cup, claiming one gold and three silver.

Notable family ties include cousins Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers (NHL) and Kia Nurse of the New York Liberty (WNBA), along with uncles Richard Nurse, retired Hamilton Tiger-Cat (CFL), and Donovan McNabb, retired Philadelphia Eagle (NFL).

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