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NWHL All-Star weekend recap: Team Dempsey takes it home

Boston played host and Dempsey was a captain in a fun-filled weekend where the best the NWHL has to offer showcased their talents.

Michelle Jay

Skills Competition

The League put on an entertaining slate of events that was kicked off by the Fastest Skater Competition that was officially won by Grace Klienbach, though there is some questioning as to the timing of her run and BC alum Allie Thunstrom, whom many say actually won. Maine alum Mariah Fujimagari then went on to tin the Fastest Goalie with a little room to spare.

The accuracy competition was barely a competition as Pride captain Jillian Dempsey destroyed the competition with a time of only 9.6 seconds, a new NWHL All-Star Game record.

The Hardest Shot was also won by a member of the Pride when Kaleigh Fratkin blasted a 76 MPH slap shot

Team Dempsey then went on to win a very exciting relay race before falling inn an equally entertaining shootout highlighted by Christina Putigna’s backwards shot attempt. The loss handed Team packer the Skills Competition victory 4-3.


The game itself was an entertaining affair played in front of a sold out crowd at Warrior Rink and an additional 10k fans watched the stream from their homes.

The scoring started at around the five minute mark when former BC Eagle Kate Leary put Team Packer up to an early lead that would not stand. Lovisa Selander would stand tall for the rest of the first period and not allow another goal en route to winning the MVP award for the weekend.

The next three goals would be all from Team Dempsey highlighted by an absolute snipe from Nicole Schammel. Team Packer was able to bring it back to a one goal game before ultimately allowing the NWHL all time scoring leader Jillian Dempsey to tally a goal and then Lexie Laing potted an empty netter to seal the 5-2 victory for Team Dempsey.