TORONTO, Ont. – For the first time in the history of the University of Massachusetts Boston, two members of the women's ice hockey program have been drafted in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) as Alexandra Karlis (Denver, Colo.) and Jenny Currie (Chelmsford, Mass.) were both selected by the Boston Blades Sunday evening.
Karlis was taken in the 15th round, followed by Currie who was taken in the 16th round. In total 76 players were selected in the 2016 CWHL Entry Draft. The CWHL consists of five teams, Boston Blades, Brampton Thunder, Calgary Inferno, Less Canadiennes De Montreal and the Toronto Furies. The 76 players represent 54 different CIS and NCAA programs and six National Women's Teams including Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and the USA.
"I am very proud of Jen and Z (Alexandra). This is an amazing opportunity for them to continue their hockey careers," said head women's hockey coach Lindsay Berman. "The hard work they put in while at UMass Boston and the success they had here will propel them to this next level. They made history in their senior seasons, and have again by being the first Beacons to play in the CWHL. It is even more special that the Blades are playing their home games here at UMB," added Berman.
For Karlis and Currie, the announcement comes just a few short months after the duo led the Beacons to their first-ever New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Karlis, who was a Co-captain on this year's squad, appeared in 98 total career games for the Beacons and compiled 11 goals and 25 assists, including a career-high five and 16 in her senior season respectively. "I am extremely excited to continue my playing career. To have a chance to play for the Boston Blades would be a huge honor," said Karlis.
"I am really looking forward to getting the chance to continue my playing career. It has always been a dream of mine to play professional hockey, and I really hope to do so with the Boston Blades," said Currie. Currie's time with the Beacons was highlighted by a Second Team All-Conference selection as a senior. During her three seasons on the harbor campus, Currie compiled 27 goals and 13 assists for a class leading 40 points. In her 81 games played as a Beacon, the Chelmsford native tallied five game winning goals, four during her senior year, and one hat trick.
The CWHL is the most premier, professionally-run women's hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women's hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines.