ORONO – The National Women’s Hockey League held the first and second rounds of its draft on Twitter Tuesday night.
With six teams, only 12 picks were made, two were former Black Bears.
Goalie Carly Jackson was selected by the Buffalo Beauts with the third overall pick and forward Tereza Vanisova was selected by the Boston Pride with the 12th overall selection.
Jackson, the best goalie in program history, finished tops in saves (3,029), wins (45), save percentage (.918) and goals against average (2.15).
“Fans of Buffalo are going to get a consistent, poised, and controlled goalie who started for us in all four of her seasons,” said Maine head coach, Richard Reichenbach. “She improved each season and became a leader and role model in her career. She is fun to watch and brings energy and passion for the game and life to the rink every day.”
Vanisova, the best forward in program history, leads the program in points (129), assists (66) and is second in goals (63). She was Hockey East co-rookie of the year in 2017 and was a second team hockey east selection in 2018.
“Fans can expect a player who loves to have the puck and makes plays like she does. Tereza has the ability to control play while she is on the ice. She is always thinking offense and is a fierce competitor. Tereza is one of the best athletes I have ever seen. She is incredibly strong and loves the challenge of playing against the best in the biggest games,” Reichenbach said.