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|
|League||National Women's Hockey League|
|Top draft pick||Katie Burt|
|Picked by||Boston Pride|
|Season champions||Metropolitan Riveters|
|Season MVP||Alexa Gruschow|
|Top scorer||Alexa Gruschow|
League news and notes
- In October 2017, the Russian women's national team participated in exhibition series, called the 2017 Summit Series, going 5–0 against the Pride, Riveters, and Whale. The Beauts played one game against the Chinese national team, which the Beauts won 4–2.
- A Battle of the Sexes match was scheduled between the Buffalo Beauts and Buffalo Jr. Sabres 15U youth team for October 16 with the Jr. Sabres 15U winning 9–4.
- On October 5, the New York Riveters partnered with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. The Riveters, having played in Newark, New Jersey, the previous season, rebranded as the Metropolitan Riveters. As part of the partnership, the Riveters had their opening home game at the Prudential Center.
- On December 14, the NWHL announced that they are playing USA Hockey Women's National Team in Tampa Bay for two exhibition matches for January playing at the U.S. Women’s National Team’s training complex at Florida Hospital Center Ice.
- On December 21, the Buffalo Beauts were acquired by their landlord, Pegula Sports and Entertainment; Pegula owns several sports teams in the Buffalo area, including the NHL's Buffalo Sabres.
Head coaching and front office personnel changes
|Team||2016–17 head coach||2017–18 replacement||Notes|
|Boston Pride||Bobby Jay||Thomas Pöck||Former NHL player and Austrian-born Pöck became the first European coach in NWHL history.|
News and notes
|Isobel Cup Championship|
Awards and honors
- Alexa Gruschow, Metropolitan Riveters, 2018 NWHL Most Valuable Player
- Alexa Gruschow, Metropolitan Riveters, 2018 NWHL Scoring Champion
- Jillian Dempsey, Boston Pride, 2018 NWHL Denna Laing Perseverance Award
- Courtney Burke, Metropolitan Riveters, 2018 NWHL Defensive Player of the Year Award
- Amanda Leveille, Buffalo Beauts, 2018 NWHL Goaltender of the Year
- Hayley Scamurra, Buffalo Beauts, 2018 NWHL Rookie of the Year
Player of the Week
|October 30, 2017||Miye D’Oench||Metropolitan Riveters|
|November 6, 2017||Alexa Gruschow||Metropolitan Riveters|
|November 13, 2017||Taylor Accursi||Buffalo Beauts|
|November 20, 2017||Kelly Babstock||Connecticut Whale|
|December 4, 2017||Alyssa Gagliardi||Metropolitan Riveters|
|December 11, 2017||Kelly Nash||Metropolitan Riveters|
|December 18, 2017||Courtney Burke||Metropolitan Riveters|
|January 8, 2018||Kaylyn Schroka||Buffalo Beauts|
|January 22, 2018||Katie Fitzgerald||Metropolitan Riveters|
|January 29, 2018||Amanda Leveille
|February 5, 2018||Emily Fluke
|February 21, 2018||Maddie Elia||Buffalo Beauts|
|February 28, 2018||Emily Field
|March 5, 2018||Dana Trivigno||Boston Pride|
|March 12, 2018||Sarah Edney
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. 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.
|#||Player||Pos||Nationality||Team||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||Katie Burt||G||Boston Pride||Boston College Eagles (Hockey East)|
|2||Kennedy Marchment||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||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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- "Beauts Wrap Preseason in Buffalo Showdown". NWHL. October 16, 2017.
- "NEW JERSEY DEVILS ENTER FIRST OF ITS KIND AGREEMENT AND FORM MULTI-YEAR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NWHL'S RIVETERS". NWHL. October 5, 2017.
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- "NWHL Player of the Week: Alexa Gruschow". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- "NWHL Player of the Week: Taylor Accursi". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- "NWHL Player of the Week: Kelly Babstock". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- "NWHL Player of the Week: Alyssa Gagliardi". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- "NWHL Player of the Week: Kelly Nash". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
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- "NWHL Player of the Week: Kaylyn Schroka". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- "NWHL Player of the Week: Katie Fitzgerald". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- "NWHL Players of The Week: Amanda Leveille and Brittany Ott". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- "NWHL Players of The Week: Emily Fluke and Hayley Scamurra". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- "NWHL Player of the Week: Maddie Elia". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
- "NWHL Players of The Week: Emily Field and Kourtney Kunichika". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- "NWHL Player of The Week: Dana Trivigno". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
- "NWHL Players of The Week: Madison Packer and Sarah Edney". nwhl.zone. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
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- "TRADE: Connecticut Acquires Zoe Hickel". nwhl.zone. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
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