Sep 3, 2013
Toronto, Ontario -
On Monday, Aug. 26 the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) held the 2013-14 draft, where three former Providence College women’s ice hockey players were drafted. Ashley Cottrell ‘12, Christie Jensen ‘12 and Jessica Vella ‘13 will continue their careers in North America's premier professional women’s hockey league. Cottrell and Jensen were drafted by the Boston Blades, while Vella will be joining the Toronto Furies.
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.
“Christie is a great defenseman and she’ll be a great help at the blue line with getting us out of the zone,” Boston Blades General Manager Digit Murphy shared on the draft of Jensen.
Jensen was a standout defenseman for the Friars during her four year career, playing in 126 games and collecting 22 points. During her senior campaign, Jensen was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team after collecting four points throughout the tournament. Currently, Jensen is a graduate assistant in the Deans Office of Student Affairs at Providence College while working to receive her Masters in Business Administration.
“I feel very lucky and fortunate to have been drafted by such a strong organization such as the Boston Blades,” Jensen shared on the draft. “After completing a year of graduate school I feel that I have a better grasp regarding the magnitude of the course work and I am confident that I can balance both school and hockey. I look forward to getting back in the ice and can’t wait to play at an elite level once again.”
Joining Jensen for the 2013-14 season is classmate Cottrell, as she was also drafted by the Blades.
“Ashley is a very strong player who is building her career and will be on the front side of the line-up,” Murphy was quoted on Cottrell’s draft.
Cottrell was crucial part of the Friars offense during her four year career. In 137 career games, Cottrell collected 100 points, becoming just the 32nd player to hit the 100 point milestone. Over her career she was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star (2010) and received the Hockey East Sportsmanship Award (2012).
Cottrell and Jensen will have a chance to face-off against former teammate, Vella, who will be competing with the Toronto Furies for the 2013-14 season.
“Despite her smaller stature, Jessica is a speedy forward who is willing to battle for the puck on all occasions,” Toronto Furies General Manager Rebecca Davies was quoted on Vella’s draft. “Her game is a reflection of her tremendous work ethic.”
At Providence, Vella played in 129 career games for the Friars and collected 63 points. She was named captain for her senior campaign and earned Hockey East Distinguished Scholar Honors for her achievements in the classroom. Vella is currently a full-time Medical Assistant at Appletree Medical Group in Toronto and plans to pursue a Masters of Public Health.
“I knew after college I didn’t want to give up hockey,” Vella stated on joining the league. “I have always loved being at home because of my close group of friends/loved ones I consider my backbone. Playing for the Toronto Furies team is the best of both worlds for me, I get to be home and play great hockey, and still have the chance to see my Providence family when we play Boston.”
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