Draft History

2017 CWHL Draft

The 2017 CWHL Draft took place at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont.. The event was attended by players, coaches, GMs, board members, and league partners. While all 115 draft picks could not be in attendance, 28 draft picks were on hand to hear their name called.

Union College centre Courtney Turner was selected first overall by Boston Blades general manager, Jessica Martino. The first round continued with Kristyn Capizzano going second overall to Toronto, Nicole Kosta picked third by Markham, Melodie Daoust selected fourth by Montreal, Taryn Baumgardt chosen fifth by Calgary, Noora Räty picked sixth by Kunlun, and Cayley Mercer selected seventh by Vanke to round out the first round.

Other notable draft picks following the first round included eventual CWHL Rookie of the Year nominee Brittany Zuback (Toronto) and winner Sophie Shirley (Calgary), who were selected ninth and 19th overall. As well, Olympic silver medalist and four-time world champion with Team USA Alex Carpenter was chosen 13th overall by Kunlun. U SPORTS standouts Erin Noseworthy (Montreal), Lindsey Post (Calgary), and Kelty Apperson (Calgary) were selected 25th, 26th, and 40th overall.

Top 7 - First Round

1) Courtney Turner (Union College) - Boston Blades

2) Kristyn Capizzano (Boston College) - Toronto Furies

3) Nicole Kosta (Quinnipiac University) - Markham Thunder

4) Melodie Daoust (McGill University) - Les Canadiennes de Montreal

5) Taryn Baumgardt (Quinnipiac University) - Calgary Inferno

6) Noora Räty (University of Minnesota) - Kunlun Red Star

7) Cayley Mercer (Clarkson University) - Vanke Rays

2016 CWHL Draft

The 2016 CWHL Draft took place at the Doc Seaman Hockey Hall of Fame Theatre in Toronto. 76 players were selected in the 2016 CWHL Entry Draft and joined the Boston Blades, Brampton Thunder, Calgary Inferno, Les Canadiennes de Montréal and Toronto Furies for the 2016-17 season.

Forward Kayla Tutino (Montréal, QC) was selected first overall by the Boston Blades, followed by Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont.) going second to the Toronto Furies, Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont.) picked third by the Brampton Thunder, Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, AB) selected fourth by the Calgary Inferno, and Sarah Lefort (Ormstown, QC) rounding out the first round, fifth overall by Les Canadiennes de Montréal.

Other notable draft picks following the first round included NCAA champion and World Championship silver medalist with Team Canada, Erin Ambrose, who was selected seventh overall by Toronto. As well, picked by the Calgary Inferno, CIS champion with the Western Mustangs and two-time Winter Universiade silver medalist, Katelyn Gosling, and international veteran winning two World Championship bronze and attending three Olympic Games with Team Russia, Iya Gavrilova. The pair were picked 10th and 15th respectively by Calgary.

Top 5 - First Round

1) Kayla Tutino (Boston University) - Boston Blades

2) Renata Fast (Clarkson University) - Toronto Furies

3) Laura Stacey (Dartmouth College) - Brampton Thunder

4) Emerance Maschmeyer (Harvard University) - Calgary Inferno

5) Sarah Lefort (Boston University) - Les Canadiennes de Montreal

2015 CWHL Draft

The 2015 CWHL Draft took place at the CWHL’s offices in downtown Toronto. 55 players were selected with all five first round picks in attendance.

Defenceman Sarah Edney (Mississauga, Ont.) was selected first overall by Brampton Thunder general manager, Lori Dupuis. The first round continued with Emily Fulton (Stratford, Ont.) going second to Toronto, Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Qc.) picked third by Montreal, Brianne Jenner (Acton, Ont.) selected fourth by Calgary, and Kristina Brown (North Andover, Mass.) rounding out the first round, fifth overall by Boston.

Other notable draft picks following the first round included CIS champion and Brodrick Trophy winner, Katia Clement-Heydra, chosen eighth overall by the Montreal Stars. Selected immediately after by the Calgary Inferno was women's hockey trailblazer and four-time Olympic gold medalist with Team Canada, Hayley Wickenheiser.

Top 5 - First Round

1) Sarah Edney (Harvard University) - Brampton Thunder

2) Emily Fulton (Cornell University) - Toronto Furies

3) Marie-Philip Poulin (Boston University) - Montreal Stars

4) Brianne Jenner (Cornell University) - Calgary Inferno

5) Kristina Brown (Boston College) - Boston Blades

2014 CWHL Draft

1st overall pick Laura Fortino

The 2014 CWHL Draft occurred on August 19, 2014. 58 players were selected in the 2014 entry draft.

Defenceman Laura Fortino was selected first overall by the Brampton Thunder. The first round continued with Megan Bozek going second to Toronto, Sarah Davis picked third by Calgary, Jenny Potter selected fourth by Boston, and Kim Deschenes rounding out the first round, fifth overall by Montreal.

Other notable draft picks following the first round included NCAA champion and 2014 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Jamie Lee Rattray, chosen sixth overall by the Thunder. As well, a duo of Team USA national team members in Monique Lamoureaux and Brianna Decker were selected by the Boston Blades, eighth and 12th overall. Japanese international Aina Takeuchi and Austrian international Janine Weber were chosen by Calgary 37th overall and Boston 41st overall.

Top 5 - First Round

1) Laura Fortino (Cornell University) - Brampton Thunder

2) Megan Bozek (University of Minnesota) - Toronto Furies

3) Sarah Davis (University of Minnesota) - Calgary Inferno

4) Jenny Potter (University of Minnesota-Duluth) - Boston Blades

5) Kim Deschenes (Universite de Montreal) - Montreal Stars

2013 CWHL Draft

1st overall pick Jessica Wong

The 2013 CWHL Draft was held in August 2013. 68 players were selected in the 2013 entry draft.

Defenceman Jessica Wong was selected first overall by the Calgary Inferno with University of Minnesota-Duluth teammate Katie Wilson chosen second by the Toronto Furies. The pair became the first teammates to be selected with the first two picks of the CWHL draft. The first round continued with Jess Jones going third to Brampton, Lauriane Rougeau picked fourth by Montreal, and Blake Bolden selected fifth by Boston to round out the first round.

Other notable draft picks following the first round included 2013-14 CWHL Goaltender of the Year winner Delayne Brian, chosen sixth overall by Calgary as the first goaltender selected. As well, 2012 World Championship silver medalist Jillian Dempsey, who was selected 10th overall by Boston.

Top 5 - First Round

1) Jessica Wong (University of Minnesota-Duluth) - Calgary Inferno

2) Katie Wilson (University of Minnesota-Duluth) - Toronto Furies

3) Jess Jones (Mercyhurst University) - Brampton Thunder

4) Lauriane Rougeau (Cornell University) - Montreal Stars

5) Blake Bolden (Boston College) - Boston Blades

2012 CWHL Draft

4th overall pick Hilary Knight

The 2012 CWHL Draft was held on July 14, 2012, in Mississauga, Ont. 

With the first pick, Team Alberta selected goaltender Hillary Pattenden first overall. The first round continued with Rebecca Johnston going second to Toronto, Haley Irwin picked third by Brampton, Hilary Knight chosen fourth by Boston, and Charline Labonte selected fifth by Montreal to round out the first round.

A draft filled with notable draft picks, some included Ohio State standout Natalie Spooner going seventh to Toronto, 2013 CWHL Goaltender of the Year Genevieve Lacasse chosen ninth overall to Boston, and CIS sensation Ann-Sophie Bettez selected 10th overall by Montreal.

Top 5 - First Round

1) Hilary Pattenden (Mercyhurst University) - Team Alberta

2) Rebecca Johnston (Cornell University) - Toronto Furies

3) Haley Irwin (University of Minnesota-Duluth) - Brampton Thunder

4) Hilary Knight (Wisconsin University) - Boston Blades

5) Charline Labonte (McGill University) - Montreal Stars

2011 CWHL Draft

1st overall pick Meghan Agosta

The 2011 CWHL Draft was held on July 21, 2011, in Mississauga, Ont. With the introduction of Team Alberta there were 112 players selected. 

Montreal had the first selection and chose Meghan Agosta first overall. The first round continued with Molly Schaus being selected second overall by Boston, Meaghan Mikkelson becoming the first pick in Alberta franchise history third overall, Vicki Bendus selected fourth by Brampton, and Jesse Scanzano going fifth to Toronto.

Other notable draft picks include two-time CWHL Defenceman of the Year winner Catherine Ward who was selected seventh overall by Montreal, 10th overall selection by Burlington and future CWHL Coach of the Year  Sommer West, and multiple-time World Champion and Team USA Olympian Kelli Stack, chosen 14th overall by Boston.

Top 5 - First Round

1) Meghan Agosta (Mercyhurst University) - Montreal Stars

2) Molly Schaus (Boston College) - Boston Blades

3) Meaghan Mikkelson (University of Wisconsin) - Team Alberta

4) Vicki Bendus (Mercyhurst University) - Brampton Thunder

5) Jesse Scanzano (Mercyhurst University) - Toronto Furies

2010 CWHL Draft

1st overall pick Tessa Bonhomme

The inaugural entry draft, the 2010 CWHL Draft was held on August 12, 2010, at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. As the first official CWHL Draft all five teams were able to protect five players who had previous played at least one year in the league. Drafted players were only selected by Greater Toronto Area teams (Toronto, Burlington, Brampton), while Boston and Montreal signed prospective players from their geographic area.

Becoming the first ever CWHL draft pick, Tessa Bonhomme was selected first overall by the Toronto Furies. Ashley Riggs was chosen second by Burlington. Rounding out the first picks for each team, Brampton chose Delaney Collins with the fifth pick overall.

Notable protected players included: Lori Dupuis, Jayna Hefford and Gillian Apps by Brampton; Becky Kellar by Burlington; Jennifer Botterill and Sami Jo Small by Toronto; Caroline Ouellette, Kim St-Pierre and Julie Chu by Montreal; and Caitlin Cahow, Molly Engstrom and Kacey Bellamy by Boston.

Top 5 

1) Tessa Bonhomme (Ohio State University) - Toronto Furies

2) Ashley Riggs (Niagara University) - Burlington Barracudas

3) Britni Smith (St. Lawrence University) - Toronto Furies

4) Carly Haggard (Dartmouth College) - Toronto Furies

5) Delaney Collins (University of Alberta) - Brampton Thunder