Women’s Hockey’s Donovan Drafted by the Connecticut Whale of the NWHL

Women’s Hockey’s Donovan Drafted by the Connecticut Whale of the NWHL

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's hockey senior forward Sam Donovan was selected by the Connecticut Whale with the fifth overall pick of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) Draft on Thursday night.

Donovan, who has led the Bears in goals three-straight years, wrapped up her junior campaign (2016-17) leading the squad in goals (9), assists (12) and points (21) while playing in all 29 games. In three seasons, the New Brighton, Minn. native has recorded 28 goals and 24 assists for 52 points. The two-time assistant captain has been the team's recipient of the Chelsea McMillan Award for pride and perseverance in back-to-back years.

Brown will open up the 2017-18 season on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 hosting a non-conference series against Robert Morris at Meehan Auditorium.

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 2017 draft marks the third year of the NWHL Draft.

For the complete draft recap, click here.