2018 Draft Class Recap

Feature photo by Chris Tanouye

The Markham Thunder welcomed eleven new prospects at the 2018 CWHL Draft. Prior to draft day, the team elected to take advantage of the option to pre-sign their picks in the first two rounds of the draft.

On July 25th, Victoria Bach was announced as Markham’s first pre-signed draft pick. Bach was also recently ranked tenth on The Ice Garden’s Top 25 Under 25. To learn more about the Boston University phenom, please click here.

The pre-signing of Dartmouth and Ryerson University star Ailish Forfar as the Thunder’s second round pick was announced on August 21st. To read more about the pre-signing, please click here.

Here is the full list of Markham’s 2018 CWHL Draft picks. More information about them will be listed below.

Round Three: Megan Sullivan, Colgate University, Forward

Sullivan amassed 100 points (52 G, 48 A) in 149 games in her collegiate career, and early in her senior year became the ninth player in program history to hit the 40 goal marker.

Round Four: Daniella Matteucci, Clarkson University, Defence

Matteucci won the NCAA Championship in 2014 alongside Thunder stars Erica Howe (Clarkson Cup MVP) and Jamie Lee Rattray (Jayna Hefford Award). She set a school record with 154 consecutive games played, where she tallied 21 points (7 G, 14 A).

She is also an accomplished baseball player having competed on Team Canada’s silver medal winning team at the 2015 Pan-Am Games.

Round Five: Gina Repaci, University of Vermont, Defence

Repaci appeared in 135 games with Vermont and recorded 47 points (6 G, 42 A). In her junior year, she scored the game-winning goal on the road against Boston University, the first time Vermont had won in BU’s barn.

Round Six: Kelly Gribbons, University of Guelph, Forward

In her final year with the Gryphons, Gribbons put up 23 points (12 G, 11 A) in 24 games. The veteran forward would rank second on the team, only one point behind the top scorer.

Round Seven: Elijah Milne-Price, Robert Morris University, Goal

As the starting netminder in her senior year, Milne-Price took to the crease in 30 games, coming away with 20 wins. She held a 1.77 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

Read more about Milne-Price (including her program record) by reading her 2018 Top Prospects feature here.

Round Eight: Meeri Räisänen, Naisleijonat / HPK Hämeenlinna, Goal

Räisänen split last season between her club team, HPK Hämeenlinna of the Naisten Liiga, and representing Finland at the Olympics where the Naisleijonat took home the bronze.

In the regular season with HPK, she played in 23 games and recorded a save percentage of .941. Over three games in the playoffs, Räisänen held a .902 save percentage. She was also named the league’s top goaltender, recognized with the Tuula Puputti Award. Previously, Räisänen spent two seasons in the Suomi-sarja league, becoming only the third woman to do so behind Hayley Wickenheiser and Noora Räty.

In addition to her 2018 Olympic bronze medal, Räisänen backstopped Finland to bronze at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship. She ranked third in the tournament with a .932 save percentage.

Round Nine: Mariah Fujimagari, HC SKP Bratislava Police / University of Maine, Goal

Fujimagari appeared in 17 games for SKP Bratislava Police last season, recording eight shutouts and a .942 save percentage. During her time at the University of Maine she played in 34 games.

Round Ten: Malika Aldabergenova, Kazakhstan / Aisulu Almaty, Forward

At the 2018 IIHF Women’s World Championship Division 1B, Aldabergenova potted two goals over five games for Kazakhstan. With her club team, Aisulu Almaty, she recorded seven points in 16 games in the EWHL, and a further 28 points in 11 games within the Kazakh league.

Round Eleven: Kimberly Gallagher, Detroit Revolution Senior B, Defence