PWHPA Player Roundup: August 8

Over the past two weeks, more than 20 players have announced their commitment to join the PWHPA ahead of the 2020-21 season.

With a new training hub format in hand and over 100 players already accounted for, the PWHPA is ready to get a head start on the 2020-21 hockey season. We’re taking our biweekly look at the organization’s new commitments, as well as the participation of returning players — and don’t forget, you can keep up with the announcements in real time with our 2020-21 PWHPA Player Tracker.

Kendra Broad, forward, Connecticut Whale

Kendra Broad, a native of Ontario, has had quite the global career — her three seasons with Lindenwood were followed by a two year stint with the University of Western Ontario in the U SPORTS organization, before she launched her professional career with Sundsvall/Timrå of the SDHL. While in Sweden, she totaled 17 points over 38 games, good for fourth on the now inactive team. Broad then took her talents to Switzerland, where she accumulated 33 points over two seasons with Neuchâtel Hockey Academy Dames, an SWHL A team. 2019-20 saw Broad split the season between the Connecticut Whale, with whom she played 20 games and tallied three points, and the European Women’s Hockey League’s Aisulu Almaty, where she registered six points in only two games.

Logan Land, defender, RIT

After being selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NWHL Draft by the Buffalo Beauts, Logan Land will be starting her professional career with the PWHPA for the 2020-21 season. She tallied a career high in points (16) and assists (12) and tied her career record in goals (4) this season as a captain for the Tigers. Though she led all of RIT’s blue liners in offensive production, she played a pivotal role in the back end too — league-wide, she recorded the third highest number of blocks on the season (93), only behind teammate Madison Itagaki and Robert Morris standout Emily Curlett.

Imagining an NCAA All-Star Tournament

Terra Lanteigne, goaltender, RIT

One of the best goaltenders out of College Hockey America, Terra Lanteigne will join her RIT teammate Logan Land with the PWHPA for the 2020-21 season. As the 2018-19 College Hockey America Player of the Year, it’s undeniable that Lanteigne has had one of the best careers any RIT women’s hockey goalie has ever seen — and she has the stats to prove it. As of the 2018-19 season, she set the program record for most career saves (2,392), most saves in a single season (1,175), played the third most minutes (4,254), and played the fourth most games (75). By the end of her senior year, though, many of those records were shattered even further, and while the Nova Scotia native has never cracked a national team roster, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her between the pipes for Team Canada in the next few years.

Jensen Murphy, goaltender

Jensen Murphy has spent five seasons with the Brock Badgers up in Canada, and joins a number of U SPORTS goalies committing to the PWHPA ahead of their second season. Over the course of her career, she’s showed a steady improvement — from an already remarkable 2.08 GAA and .932 SV% over 18 GP her first year with the team, to a personal best 1.60 GAA and .946 over 23 GP in her final season. In 2019-20, her save percentage had her ranked third among all OUA goaltenders, and her goals against average placed her in a steady fourth place. She led the league’s net minders in saves (646), and helped buoy the Badgers to a very solid fourth place in OUA standings, though the team lost in the best-of-three league quarterfinals.

Taylor Costella, various positions

There’s not much information on the web about Taylor Costella, but per her response to The Victory Press’s Melissa Burgess on Twitter, she’s a “wildcard,” capable of playing any position that her team requires of her. Costella hasn’t played in the NCAA or U SPORTS organizations nor has she played professionally to date, but we’ll get a peek at her talents on the ice next season as she joins the PWHPA.

Erica D’Errico, forward, University of Connecticut

Though she hasn’t played hockey since finishing up her freshman season with UConn in 2016-17, Erica D’Errico will return to hockey in 2020-21 when she launches her professional career with the PWHPA. In 26 games with the Huskies, she scored a goal and notched three assists playing alongside 2019-20 ZhHL champion Leah Lum. In 2017-18, D’Errico was sidelined by an injury and didn’t see playing time for any of her sophomore season, and has since been left of UConn’s roster.

Aly Morris, forward, Liberty University (ACHA D-I)

As a two-time national champion with Liberty University, Aly Morris has had a productive collegiate hockey career and is looking to carry some of that momentum into her professional career with the PWHPA. She finished with 66 points over four seasons in the ACHA, good for 12th all time on the Liberty scoresheet. This past season, she helped Liberty to a first place finish in all of ACHA Division I women’s hockey, and though Morris’ and the Lady Flames’ postseason was ultimately cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all signs pointed to a third consecutive championship title.

Taylor Day Weidenfelder, forward, ECDC Memmingen (Frauen-Bundesliga)

Taylor Day Weidenfelder started off her career with the University of Toronto in the U SPORTS organization, leading the team in points twice over her five year tenure with the Varsity Blues. She was named an OUA first-team all-star twice, and carried that momentum to Germany where she hit the ground running and never looked back. Over two years with ECDC Memmingen, Day Weidenfelder has established herself as an absolute powerhouse, leading all skaters on her team and in the league with 89 and 94 points in 2017-18 and 2018-19, respectively. The Ontario native garnered an invitation to the 2016 Hockey Canada Development Camp, but has never been named to the national team. As she returns to play in North America, it’s unlikely that she’ll be flying under the radar — so Team Canada better keep an eye on this fast and furious forward.

The PWHPA has additionally announced a myriad of players to return to the organization for their second season, including:

  • Brittany Howard, participated in three showcases
  • Kassidy Sauvé, participated in three showcases
  • Amelia Boughn, participated in one showcase
  • Hannah Miller, participated in one showcase
  • Josiane Pozzebon, participated in five showcases
  • Natalie Spooner, participated in three showcases and the NHL All-Star Game
  • Olivia Zafuto, participated in two showcases
  • Cassidy Vinkle, participated in two showcases
  • Ella Matteucci, participated in two showcases
  • Blayre Turnbull, participated in five showcases
  • Anissa Gamble, participated in two showcases
  • Jessie Vella, participated in three showcases
  • Amanda Kessel, participated in three showcases/