Sammy Davis selected first overall in NWHL Draft

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Sammy Davis skates during warmups before a 6-2 win over Harvard on Nov. 19, 2019 at Walter Brown Arena. Photo by Mark Donnelly.

Former Boston University redshirt senior captain Sammy Davis was selected first overall by the Boston Pride in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) Draft on Tuesday night. The Pride were originally slated to pick sixth overall before swinging a draft day blockbuster with the league’s new franchise in Toronto for the first pick.

Here are the details of the deal:

“I just want to let everybody know how grateful I am to be drafted by the Boston Pride in the first round, and to be able to play in my favorite city next year,” Davis said in a statement.

“Being selected first overall is a great reminder of how hard Sammy has worked and the talent that she brings to the game,” BU head coach Brian Durocher said in a statement. “Her work ethic, off-ice effort and consistent preparation have been on display throughout her time at Boston University.

“I know that the Pride will be getting a person of character and ability who will embrace the challenge of professional hockey. Our program is extremely proud of Sammy and we’re excited to watch her excel at the next level.”

Davis led the Terriers with 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 36 games during the 2019-20 season. On her career the Pembroke, Mass. native notched 142 points (66g, 76a) in 147 games for BU, ranking sixth all-time in program history. Her 66 goals are also tied for the fifth-most in team history.

During the 2018-19 campaign, Davis helped lead the Terriers to their first Beanpot title since 1981 and first as a varsity program, scoring the game-winning goal against Harvard in the finals en route to earning tournament MVP.

The left-shot forward was also named a 2019-20 Hockey East First Team All-Star in addition to being selected as a Hockey East Second Team All-Star in 2018-19. As a freshman, Davis was part of the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.

The Pride skated to a 23-1-0 record this season, sitting atop the NWHL standings. After taking down the Connecticut Whale in a 5-1 semifinals win, Boston was supposed to host the Minnesota Whitecaps in the Isobel Cup Final, which has since been postponed to a later date.

Davis joins former Terriers Kaleigh Fratkin (D), Jordan Juron (F), and Victoria Hanson (G) on the Pride.

Author: Patrick Donnelly

Patrick is a sophomore studying journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication. Patrick is both the Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey editor for WTBU Sports, writing, broadcasting, and overseeing articles about each team. He aims to cover the NHL and the Boston Bruins for a living and to become a hockey insider. From Lynn, Massachusetts, Patrick is a graduate of Malden Catholic High School (’18) and is a huge Boston sports fan, avid golfer, and hockey fanatic. His favorite teams and athletes include, the Bruins, the New England Patriots, Tiger Woods, and Mark Scheifele. Co-host of the podcast, The Duck Boat Report, at WTBU Sports, and writer for Black ‘N Gold Hockey. He writes columns on the PGA, Bruins, and NHL for WTBU Sports. Patrick is also a Francis Ouimet Scholar. Find his author page at WTBU Sports, follow him on Twitter @PatDonn12, and check out his portfolio (patrickdonnellyportfolio.wordpress.com).

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