Four members of the Boston Blades will head to Toronto next month for the 2016 CWHL All-Star Game.
Blades Assistant Captain and first round draft pick Kristina Brown will join veterans Genevieve Lacasse, Tara Watchorn and Dru Burns at the game. In her first year, Brown has impressed with her leadership skills and is a key part of the Blades' superlative penalty kill. In addition, Brown has one regulation goal this season and helped secure the team's only win so far this season, scoring two in a shootout against the Furies.
Captain Tara Watchorn is the team's point leader so far this year with six points, two goals and four assists. She currently shares the top spot in assists with forward Erin Kickham and is in a three-way-tie in goals with forward Megan Shea and forward/defenseman Elizabeth Tremblay.
Goaltender Genevieve Lacasse's stats are a bit deceiving at first glance, with a 4.26 GAA and a .910 save percentage, but, considering the sheer amount of shots she's faced this year, those numbers are stellar. She went into this year knowing she would face more shots and has come up big for her team.
Defenseman Dru Burns rounds out the group, despite not having accrued a point this season. She makes the All-Star squad due to her strong defensive play. Her, Watchorn and Maggie DiMasi have spearheaded Blades' D so far this season, and have performed well, despite the team's record or their individual plus/minus rating.
The four Blades will join six members of the Toronto Furies, seven players from the Brampton Thunder, and eight each from Les Canadiennes de Montreal and the Calgary Inferno. The game will be held on Jan. 23 at 1:00 p.m. in Toronto.