Calgary, Alta – The Calgary Inferno have acquired 13 new players at the Canadian Women Hockey League (CWHL) draft that took place in Toronto on Sunday, August 20.
The following players were selected:
1st round – Taryn Baumgardt – Defence – Quinnipiac University
2nd round – Kelly Murray – Defence – University of British Columbia/Cornell
3rd round – Sophie Shirley – Centre – Okanagen Hockey Academy
4th round – Lindsey Post – Goaltender – University of Alberta
5th round – Kayla Gardner – Centre – University of North Dakota
6th round – Kelty Apperson – Right Wing – St. Thomas University
7th round – Lyndsay Kirkham – Left Wing – Western University
8th round – Anissa Gamble – Right Wing – Robert Morris University
9th round – Kennedy Brown – Left Wing – Rocky Mountain Raiders (AFHL)
10th round – Megan Grenon – Defence – University of Calgary
11th round – Angela Burke – Left Wing – University of Lethbridge
12th round – Hayley Rodger – Left Wing – South Coast Female Amateur Hockey League
13th round – Krista Wilson – Right Wing – Olds College
All players will be invited to participate in the Inferno training camp and tryouts September 29 to October 1 at WinSport.
In addition to the draft picks, Calgary has acquired Brittney Fouracres (D) from Montreal, Dakota Woodworth (F) from Boston, and Kristen Barbara (D) from Brampton/Markham.
Fouracres, a native of Calgary, played for the McGill Marlets from 2011 to 2016 where she won a CIS national championship. She joined Les Canadiennes de Montreal for the 2016-17 Clarkson Cup winning season. Fouracres previously played at the Edge School and also represented Alberta in a gold medal effort at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
Woodworth, whose hometown is Carlisle, Massachusetts, played all of her previous hockey close to home. Before her single season with the Blades, she played four years at Boston University. Before going to college, she was a member of the Boston Shamrocks and the North American Hockey Academy. She was also selected for the U.S. National Development Camp in 2009 and 2010.
Barbara was drafted to the Brampton Thunder in 2016, but was sidelined for much of the 2016-17 season due to injury. She hails from Mount Hope, Ontario, and stayed close to home for her post-secondary hockey career, playing with the York University Lions from 2011 to 2016. During her time at York, she was an All-Canadian and, as a freshman, was named to the OUA and CIS All-Rookie teams and was a OUA Second Team All-Star as well as winning the York University varsity freshman of the year.
“The Inferno are very excited about the players who will be joining our club both by trade and through the draft,” remarked the Inferno’s General Manager, Kristen Hagg. “We obviously lost some key players with centralization for the Olympics, but there is a lot of great talent in this group of new acquisitions. I look forward to seeing what everyone has to bring come training camp.”
Earlier in August, the Inferno traded goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer to Les Canadiennes de Montreal to complete the trade that brought Olympian Haley Irwin to Calgary in 2014.
The Bruderheim, Alberta native enjoyed a homecoming of sorts in her lone season with the Inferno. Maschmeyer posted a 5-3 record in eight starts, including two shutouts, while leading the team in Goals Against Average (1.49) and Save Percentage (0.946).
“I appreciate the opportunity to have played for the Calgary Inferno this past season. Alberta is my home and Calgary definitely feels that way. The world of female hockey is growing rapidly and I am fortunate that I am able to compete in the CWHL and receive many experiences through female hockey,” remarked Emerance. “I am excited to have the opportunity to play for Les Canadiennes de Montreal this upcoming season as it is another great hockey experience and it will provide me with an opportunity to grow as a hockey player and individual.”
While the Inferno are down two goaltenders with Maschmeyer’s departure and Genevieve Lacasse being centralized with Team Canada for the Olympics, the team will still be strong on the back end with 2016 Clarkson Cup MVP Delayne Brian remaining with the team. In addition, the Inferno acquired U-Sports Championship MVP and gold medalist Lindsay Post of the University of Alberta in the draft. The team has also invited a product of 2016 draft, Toni Ross, who is the most winning female goalie in University of Regina Cougars history, as well as free agent Shelley Payne, a member of the Boston Blades in the 2016-17 season.
The full training camp roster will be released in September.