It's Official, Sportsfeld Joins The Jaycee Hive!
On this weeks episode of Sportsfeld dear friend of the show Justin Fisher asked if Jake and Zubes were ready to commit to the Jaycee Hive in support of Toronto's NWHL team. Both guys are 100% committed to the hive! (1:02:00)
The COVID-19 pandemic has left leagues across the sporting world examining their futures, but perhaps no sport has undergone more changes in recent years than women’s hockey. 2019 saw the folding of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) after 12 seasons of competition, leaving the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) as the sole remaining operation.
On April 22nd, the NWHL announced expansion into Canada for their upcoming season, with a new unnamed Toronto franchise joining the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters (based in New Jersey), and the Minnesota Whitecaps to form a six-team league. Less than a week later, the 2020 NWHL Entry Draft was held on April 28th, and Toronto took the first steps towards building their roster.
As an expansion team, Toronto was given the 1st overall selection, but they used the pick as leverage for a day of wheeling and dealing, trading the pick along with a 5th round selection to Boston in return for 2020 & 2021 firsts, along with a 2021 second round pick. Boston stayed local with the selection, choosing Boston University stand-out forward Sammy Davis, while Toronto selected forward Jaycee Gebhard out of Robert Morris University with the 6th overall pick, their first in franchise history.
Gebhard, a Saskatoon native, had a prolific career at Robert Morris, tallying 198 points in 139 games, including 63 points in 36 games during her final season. She graduated as the schools all time leader in points and assists, and will bring an offensive savvy and leadership to what is sure to be a young Toronto squad.
To finish off the draft, Toronto selected F Amy Curlew from Cornell in the 2nd round, York University F Erin Locke in the 3rd, and Gebhard’s college teammate, Natalie Maruzzi in the 4th. Watch Gebhard score a hat-trick against Penn State below, and stay tuned to Sportsfeld for more updates about the NWHL in Toronto.