Watch the Inaugural International Draft Show Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET on Twitch at twitch.tv/NWHL
July 25, 2021 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – The National Women’s Hockey League will make history on Sunday by conducting the inaugural NWHL International Draft. The single-round event will feature all six teams introducing their selections on a live Twitch broadcast hosted by Katie Gaus online at twitch.tv/NWHL beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.
“Hockey is a global game and the NWHL International Draft is another example of the league’s commitment to growing professional women’s hockey,” said Lisa Haley, NWHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations. “It’s exciting to provide a new gateway for players from around the world to pursue opportunities in the sport and continue strengthening the level of incoming talent to our league.”
The NWHL International Draft is for players born outside of North America who are at least 21 years of age on or before September 1, 2021 and have not previously played in the NWHL or consumed any eligibility at the NCAA or U SPORTS level. Unselected players immediately qualify for free agency on July 26 beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET. Teams have a two-week window to exclusively sign their picks to 2021-22 contracts, with unsigned picks eligible for free agency on August 9 beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET.
The Buffalo Beauts will select first overall in the 2021 NWHL International Draft followed by the Connecticut Whale who will choose second, the Boston Pride third, Toronto Six fourth, Metropolitan Riveters fifth, and the Minnesota Whitecaps who will make the sixth and final pick of the process.
In six seasons a total of 21 international players including 12 forwards, six goaltenders, and three defenders representing 11 countries have competed in the NWHL with six of those players lacing up during the 2021 campaign. Three players from international countries were also selected in the 2021 NWHL Draft from NCAA programs including Czech and British defenders Anna Zíková and Casey Traill to Buffalo, and Russian defender Daria Tereshkina to Toronto.
All-time NWHL International Players:
Janine Weber F Riveters 2015-17, Pride 2017-18, Whale 2019-21
Tzu-Ting Hsu G Beauts 2019-20
Sammy Kolowrat D Riveters 2020-21
Denisa Křížová F Pride 2018-19
Kateřina Mrázová F Whale 2018-19
Tereza Vanišová F Pride 2020-21
Meeri Räisänen G Whale 2018-19
Tanja Eisenschmid D Whitecaps 2018-19
Nana Fujimoto G Riveters 2015-16
Bulbul Kartanbay F Riveters 2019-20
Lyudmila Belyakova F Riveters 2015-16
Yekaterina Pashkevich F Whale 2015-16
Tatyana Shatalova F Riveters 2019-20
Yekaterina Smolentseva F Whale 2015-16
Maria Sorokina G Whale/Riveters 2018-19
Lenka Čurmová D Beauts 2019-21
Iveta Klimášová F Beauts 2019-21
Randi Griffin F Whale 2018-19
So Jung Shin G Riveters 2016-17
Michelle Löwenhielm F Whale 2018-19
Lovisa Selander G Pride 2019-21