In an interesting plot twist, Team Canada and Harvard University goalie Emerance Maschmeyer has registered for the CWHL Draft...Even though she was drafted by the Boston Pride in the second round of the NWHL Draft last summer.
Being drafted by the Pride was non-binding, however, and did not guarantee her a spot on their roster. The NWHL is currently in a period of restricted free agency, during which draftees can sign with the team that drafted them and current players can re-sign with their old team.
It makes sense, from a Team Canada standpoint, that Maschmeyer would prefer to play in her home country. She recently completed her collegiate career at Harvard, playing 99 games in goal for the Crimson. She was a finalist for ECAC Goaltender of the Year in 2015 as well as a Patty Kazmaier Award nominee. You probably remember her from the Women's Worlds a few weeks ago, as she made 33 saves for Canada in the overtime loss to Team USA and was named Goaltender of the Tournament.
Maschmeyer's choice to enter the CWHL draft is by no means a guarantee that she won't join the Pride, and demonstrates her dedication to playing professional hockey at the highest level, be it in Canada or the United States. Let's hope her good memories of Harvard's Bright Hockey Center sway her decision to join the black and gold this summer.