Inferno Announce 2018 Draft Picks

Calgary, Alta (August 27)– The Calgary Inferno have selected 14 players at the 2018 Canadian Women Hockey League (CWHL) draft in Toronto, Ontario this past weekend.

The complete Inferno draft list by Round:

  1. Halli Krzyzaniak – Defence – University of North Dakota
  2. Rebecca Leslie – Right Wing – Boston University
  3. Annie Bélanger – Goalie – University of Connecticut
  4. Alex Rigsby – Goalie – University of Madison-Wisconsin
  5. Tori Hickel – Defence – Northeastern University
  6. Venla Hovi – Right Wing – University of Manitoba
  7. Kaitlin Willoughby – Right Wing – University of Saskatchewan
  8. Eden Murray – Centre – Yale University
  9. Natalie Fraser – Defence – Robert Morris University
  10. Kendra Hanson – Centre – NAIT
  11. Cheyann Newman – Centre – University of Calgary
  12. Tatiana Rafter – Centre – UBC
  13. Nina Rodgers – Left Wing – Boston University/University of Minnesota
  14. Aki Fujimori – Right Wing – Hachinohe Red’s Hockey Team (Japan)

Each draft pick will be invited to participate in the Inferno training camp and tryouts from September 19 to 23 at WinSport in Calgary.

Eight players selected from the NCAA, four from USports, one from the ACAC and one International player gives newly appointed Head Coach Shannon Miller plenty to choose from.

Annie Bélanger, who was selected in the third round, is thrilled to be a member of the Inferno. “I am very excited to join such a great organization and to play for a world-class coaching staff,” expressed the former UConn Huskies netminder. “I learned a lot over the past four years at UConn and it has prepared me well to take this next step in my career. The Inferno has had great success in the league and I can’t wait to be a part of it!”

There are a couple potential sister pairings to keep an eye on heading into training camp. Tori Hickel (Round 5) will team up with her older sister, Zoe Hickel who was recently acquired from the Kunlun Red Star. Meanwhile, Eden Murray (Round 8) will have the opportunity to skate alongside one of her older sisters, Kelly Murray, who was a solid contributor on the blueline for the Inferno last year.

The Inferno have been extremely active with player movement this offseason. They said goodbye to a handful of beloved players, while they continued to stockpile talent in preparation for a Clarkson Cup run.

The complete training camp roster will be announced in September.