Well that didn’t take long. After being released (at her request) by the Buffalo Beauts on Monday forward Autumn MacDougall signed with the Montreal Force on Thursday, giving the first-year franchise another weapon as they attempt to make the playoffs. No terms were announced, as the only correspondence we received about the move came via Twitter.
It’s happening!— La Force de Montréal (@LaForceMontreal) January 19, 2023
Welcome to Montréal Autumn MacDougall. pic.twitter.com/6uxfOAe72O
MacDougall, who was drafted 14th overall (Rd. 3) by Buffalo in the 2020 Draft, finished her Beauts career with 19 points (9g-10a) in 34 regular season games, one game-winning goal (which came this season against Montreal), and she appeared in one playoff game. This season she had 2 points (1g-1a) in eight games.
Last season she was selected to participate in the league’s All-Star weekend and led the Beauts in scoring with 14 points (5g-9a) in 20 games; when she was drafted MacDougall was the first U Sports player drafted into the PHF. During her rookie season, she led Buffalo with three goals in six games in Lake Placid.
No word yet on when the 25-year-old forward will make her debut for Montreal, but perhaps we will see the Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native in this weekend’s home games for the Force against the Boston Pride.
With their top-line of captain Ann-Sophie Bettez, Jade Downie-Landry, and Samantha Isbell already wreaking havoc against their opponents, expect MacDougall to provide the expansion team with some depth scoring alongside Sarah Lefort, Alexandra Labelle, and fellow former Beaut Brooke Stacey.
The Force has 13 games remaining this season and currently sits five points behind the fourth-place Connecticut Whale. MacDougall will have a chance to play against her former teammates on Feb. 25-26 when Montreal hosts Buffalo at Pavillon de la Jeunesse.