2017–18 NWHL season

The 2017–18 NWHL season was the third season of the National Women's Hockey League. All four teams from the previous two seasons returned for this season: the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, and the Metropolitan Riveters.

2017–18 NWHL season
LeagueNational Women's Hockey League
SportIce hockey
2017 draft
Top draft pickKatie Burt
Picked byBoston Pride
Regular season
Season championsMetropolitan Riveters
Season MVPAlexa Gruschow
Top scorerAlexa Gruschow
MVPKatie Fitzgerald
Isobel Cup
ChampionsMetropolitan Riveters
  Runners-upBuffalo Beauts

League news and notes

Head coaching and front office personnel changes

Head coaches

Team 2016–17 head coach 2017–18 replacement Notes
Boston Pride Bobby Jay Thomas Pöck[9] Former NHL player and Austrian-born Pöck became the first European coach in NWHL history.

Regular season

News and notes

Brittany Ott of the Boston Pride and Amanda Leveille of the Buffalo Beauts served as team captains for the 3rd NWHL All-Star Game.[10]


Final standings.[11]

Metropolitan Riveters161330643026
Buffalo Beauts161240514124
Boston Pride16484334812
Connecticut Whale16311226558


Semifinal game
March 17–18
Isobel Cup Championship
March 25
1 Metropolitan 5
4 Connecticut 0
1 Metropolitan 1
2 Buffalo 0
2 Buffalo 3(OT)
3 Boston 2

Awards and honors

Player of the Week

Day Awarded Player Team
October 30, 2017 Miye D’Oench[14] Metropolitan Riveters
November 6, 2017 Alexa Gruschow[15] Metropolitan Riveters
November 13, 2017 Taylor Accursi[16] Buffalo Beauts
November 20, 2017 Kelly Babstock[17] Connecticut Whale
December 4, 2017 Alyssa Gagliardi[18] Metropolitan Riveters
December 11, 2017 Kelly Nash[19] Metropolitan Riveters
December 18, 2017 Courtney Burke[20] Metropolitan Riveters
January 8, 2018 Kaylyn Schroka[21] Buffalo Beauts
January 22, 2018 Katie Fitzgerald[22] Metropolitan Riveters
January 29, 2018 Amanda Leveille
Brittany Ott[23]
Buffalo Beauts
Boston Pride
February 5, 2018 Emily Fluke
Hayley Scamurra[24]
Connecticut Whale
Buffalo Beauts
February 21, 2018 Maddie Elia[25] Buffalo Beauts
February 28, 2018 Emily Field
Kourtney Kunichika[26]
Boston Pride
Buffalo Beauts
March 5, 2018 Dana Trivigno[27] Boston Pride
March 12, 2018 Sarah Edney
Madison Packer[28]
Buffalo Beauts
Metropolitan Riveters


The 2017 NWHL draft was the third in the history of the National Women's Hockey League and took place on August 17, 2017, in Brooklyn. Goaltender Katie Burt of Boston College was selected first overall by the Boston Pride. [29] It marked the first time that the Boston Pride held the first pick overall in the draft, which the franchise obtained from the Connecticut Whale in the trade that sent Zoe Hickel to the Whale on February 7, 2017.[30]

# Player Pos Nationality Team College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 Katie Burt G Boston Pride Boston College Eagles (Hockey East)
2 Kennedy Marchment[31] F Buffalo Beauts St. Lawrence (ECAC)
3 Taylor Cianfrano F New York Riveters Quinnipiac Bobcats (ECAC)
4 Kenzie Kent F Boston Pride Boston College (HEA)
5 Sam Donovan [32] F Connecticut Whale Brown Bears (ECAC)
6 Savannah Harmon D Buffalo Beauts Clarkson (ECAC)
7 Victoria Bach F New York Riveters Boston University (HEA)
8 Mallory Souliotis D Boston Pride Yale (ECAC)
9 Eden Murray F Connecticut Whale Yale Bulldogs (ECAC)
10 Brittany Howard F Buffalo Beauts Robert Morris (CHA)
11 McKenna Brand F New York Riveters Northeastern Huskies (HEA)
12 Lexie Laing F Boston Pride Harvard Crimson (ECAC)
13 Denisa Křížová F Connecticut Whale Northeastern (HEA)
14 Annika Zalewski F Buffalo Beauts Colgate Raiders (ECAC)
15 Toni Ann Miano D New York Riveters Boston College (HEA)
16 Lauren Kelly D Boston Pride Northeastern (HEA)
17 Nina Rodgers F Connecticut Whale Boston University (HEA)
18 Amy Schlager D Buffalo Beauts New Hampshire Wildcats (HEA)
19 Rebecca Leslie F New York Riveters Boston University (HEA)
20 Julia Fedeski D Boston Pride New Hampshire Wildcats (HEA)


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  2. "Riveters Blanked in Final Preseason Tuneup". NWHL. October 22, 2017.
  3. "2017 NWHL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE SET". NWHL. September 15, 2017.
  4. "Defending Isobel Cup Champs Start Preseason With an International Win". NWHL. October 9, 2017.
  5. "Beauts Wrap Preseason in Buffalo Showdown". NWHL. October 16, 2017.
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  15. "NWHL Player of the Week: Alexa Gruschow". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  16. "NWHL Player of the Week: Taylor Accursi". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  17. "NWHL Player of the Week: Kelly Babstock". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  18. "NWHL Player of the Week: Alyssa Gagliardi". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  19. "NWHL Player of the Week: Kelly Nash". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  20. "NWHL Player of the Week: Courtney Burke". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  21. "NWHL Player of the Week: Kaylyn Schroka". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  22. "NWHL Player of the Week: Katie Fitzgerald". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  23. "NWHL Players of The Week: Amanda Leveille and Brittany Ott". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  24. "NWHL Players of The Week: Emily Fluke and Hayley Scamurra". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  25. "NWHL Player of the Week: Maddie Elia". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  26. "NWHL Players of The Week: Emily Field and Kourtney Kunichika". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  27. "NWHL Player of The Week: Dana Trivigno". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  28. "NWHL Players of The Week: Madison Packer and Sarah Edney". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  29. "BOSTON COLLEGE'S KATIE BURT TOPS 2017 NWHL DRAFT". nwhl.zone. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  30. "TRADE: Connecticut Acquires Zoe Hickel". nwhl.zone. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
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