Koelzer is Top Draft Pick in 2016 NWHL Draft
New York, N.Y. (6/18/16) - Princeton's Kelsey Koelzer was the first overall pick in the 2016 National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) Draft that was held today at the league headquarters in New York.
A first-team All-America and a Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalist, Koelzer is a rising senior on the Ivy League champion Princeton hockey team which reached the NCAA Tournament this season.
Koelzer is the 2016 ECAC Best Defender of the Year, a finalist for the league's Player of the Year and the 2016 Ivy League Player of the Year. She was named first-team all-ECAC and all-Ivy League. Koelzer finished her junior year ranking second in the country amongst defenders in scoring, averaging 1.00 point per game. She had 33 points on 17 goals, four of which were game-winners, and 13 assists. She added 60 block shots and was a member of both the power-play and penalty-kill units.
Koelzer is the second Tiger to be drafted in the NWHL Draft. In the inaugural draft last year, goaltender Kimberly Newell '16 was selected 17th overall by the Riveters.
Three former Tigers played in the inaugural NWHL season: Kelly Cooke '13 and Denna Laing '14 with Boston Pride and Gabie Figueroa '14 with the New York Riveters.
About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015 with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.