Aug. 20, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On Tuesday, Aug. 19 the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) held its 2014-15 draft and four former Friars were selected. Janine Weber '14, Rebecca Morse '14, Laura Veharanta '12 and Corinne Buie '14 will continue their careers in North America's premier professional women's hockey league. All four players were drafted by the Boston Blades.
Weber was selected with the third pick of ninth round. In her only year with the Friars, the forward appeared in all 35 games, collecting 11 points on six goals and five assists. Weber was named a Hockey East Weekly Top Performer on Dec. 12. The Friars were 5-0-0 when she tallied a goal.
Morse was selected with the second pick in the 11 round. She finished her career with 16 goals, 44 assists for 60 points in 136 games played. The defensemen also tallied 122 blocked shots. Over her career Morse earned All-Hockey East Honorable Mention in 2012-13 with a career best 21 points on five goals and 16 assists while leading the team in blocked shots (52).Morse also was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team (2010-11).
Veharanta was selected with the second pick in the 13th round. She concluded her career with 44 goals, 43 assists for a total of 87 points in 141 games played. Over her career she recorded 10 game-winning goals. In 2008-09 Veharanta led the team in goals (16), points (31), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (4), shots (140) and power-play points (15). The forward also was the only unanimous selection to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team while additionally being named an Honorable Mention All-Star in 2008-09.
Buie was selected with the second pick in the 16th round. She finished her career with 44 goals and 56 assists for a total of 100 points in 128 games played. The forward was the 33rd Friar to reach the 100 career point milestone and did so in 128 career games during the 2013-14 season. In 2010-11 she was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
The four players will join former Friars Jessica Vella '13, Genevieve Lacasse '12 and Ashley Cottrell `12 who also are in the CWHL. Vella plays for the Toronto Furies and won the Clarkson Cup (the league championship) last year. Lacasse and Cottrell are on the Boston Blades and will play alongside the four Friars taken in this year's draft.
The CWHL was created in May of 2007 after the dissolution of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). It is a centrally funded league meaning that all participating teams in the CWHL receive equal access to funding and are given the same opportunities to succeed.
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