Tonight, All-Star captains Brittany Ott and Amanda Leveille selected their teams live via Twitter. The selection process mirrors season one, when the inaugural All-Star Captains were Hilary Knight and Emily Pfalzer. Unlike years past, there was no fan vote this year, which means that two-time reigning fan favorite Madison Packer could not defend her crown.
Welcome to the 2018 NWHL All-Star Draft Live on Twitter!— NWHL (@NWHL) January 23, 2018
Thanks to @mnwild for hosting our weekend.
Goalies will be selected first.
Then Captains Ott and Leveille will each draft 5 defenders.
And it ends with the forwards - 7 each.
First pick set to go at 8:35!
Goalies were drafted first. Leveille was given home ice advantage and she picked a fellow Minnesota netminder, Katie Fitzgerald, first overall. Ott selected Sydney Rossman as the fourth and final goalie selection for the 2018 All-Star Game.
The captains next selected five defenders and seven forwards each. Each captain chose to stay close to home, selecting their NWHL teammates. Ott and Leveille likely were interested in having some familiar faces play in front of them for the big game in Minnesota.
Katie Fitzgerald - St. Cloud State
Sarah Edney - Harvard *R
Kelsey Koelzer - Princeton *R
Lisa Chesson - Ohio State *
Lexi Bender - BC
Jordyn Burns - Minnesota
Kate Schipper - Minnesota/Whitecaps *W
Kelly Babstock - Quinnipiac University
Sam Faber - University of New Hampshire *
Janine Weber - Providence College
Rebecca Russo - Boston University
Kristin Lewicki - Adrian College *R
Meagan Mangene - Boston College *
Sydney Rossman - Quinnipiac *R
Alyssa Gagliardi - first defender selected - Cornell
Courtney Burke - Wisconsin
Michelle Picard - Harvard *
Amanda Boulier - St. Lawrence *R
Jenny Ryan - Wisconsin *R
Sadie Lundquist - Bemidji State *W
Alexa Gruschow - RPI *
Jillian Dempsey - Harvard
Emily Field - Boston College
Corinne Buie - Providence
Hayley Scamurra - Northeastern *R
Jordan Smelker - RPI
* - First-time All-Star
R - Rookie
W - Minnesota Whitecaps player
As to be expected in an Olympic year, we have a significant number of first-year All-Stars. The third annual NWHL All-Star Weekend will take place at the brand new TRIA Rink, practice facility of the Minnesota Wild. For the first time, the festivities will include members of the greater women’s hockey community. Two forwards from the Minnesota Whitecaps - Kate Schipper and Sadie Lundquist - will compete on Team Leveille and Team Ott, respectively. They will join the NWHL All-Stars for the Skills Competition on Saturday and the 4-on-4 game on Sunday.
Additionally, USA Hockey alumna Tricia (Dunn) Luoma and Winny (Brodt) Brown will serve as the coaches for the All-Star Weekend. Luoma will coach Team Ott and Brown will coach Team Leveille.
*Updated to reflect coaching assignments