12 June, 2012

CWHL Draft Becomes International

The 2012 CWHL Draft will take place July 21, 2012. The CWHL will be announcing the top 3-5 elite players at each position on June 8, 2012. The big difference this year is that it appears four international Women's hockey players have signed up to be drafted by CWHL teams. 

Ingrid Renli is a 26 year old forward. Ingrid played last season in the Women's Elite League of Norway for Valerenga IF. There she scored 32 goals and 48 points in just 15 games. Ingrid has also been the captain of the Norwegian Women's National Team leading them to a Silver Medal win at the Women's World Championship Division 1A in 2012. Currently Norway has 500 Women's Hockey players. 

Katerina Mrazova is a 19 year old forward from the Czech Republic. She helped the Czech Women's National Team finish first in the Women's World Championship Division 1A. As a result they have been promoted to compete in the 2013 Women's World Hockey Championship. Currently the Czech Republic has 2,169 Women's Hockey players. 

Virginie Bouetz Andrieu is a 28 year old defender from France. She has been part of the French National Women's Team since she was 15 years old accumulating 206 international games. She was named the best player for Team France at the Women's World Championship Division 1B scoring one goal, 5 assists and a plus 7 rating in 5 games. Currently France has 1,214 Women's Hockey players. 

Zoya Polunina is a 20 year old defender from Russia. She has been a member of Russia's National Women's team since 2009. She currently plays for Tornado in Russia's Level 1 League for Women. She helped her team win the Championship in both 2011 and 2012. She also helped the Russian Women's National Team to a sixth place finish in the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship. Currently Russia has 530 Women's Hockey players. 

This can only mean good things for Women's Hockey as a whole and as more International players move over to the CWHL to hone their skills the quality of competition at Internationl tournaments and the Olympics will increase. 
In comparison to these other countries Canada currently has
85,827 Women's Hockey players and the United States has 65,609 female hockey players.

 

Mike Burse - www.outlookhockey.com


Mark Staffieri says:
12 June, 2012 at 16:35 PM
Of all the European players that are registered, Zoya Polunina has the best opportunity to succeed. She would be a great fit in Brampton where she could learn from Molly Engstrom. With the 2014 Winter Games in her native Russia, the CWHL is the perfect training ground for Polunina to perfect her game.
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