Women's league preps for first draft

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, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

The Canadian Women's Hockey League will hold its first ever player draft Thursday at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The inaugural draft will include three of the five teams in the league, all from the Greater Toronto Area Brampton, Burlington and Toronto. Montreal and Boston, a new team in the league, will not be involved but instead will protect players from their area.

The league's board of directors decided to use a draft to restock the teams in order to have parity.

"We want every game to be a great game for the fans and players alike," said CWHL executive director Brenda Andress. "A draft means that players will be spread out equally and that competition will be at its highest every weekend."

Players are excited about the historic first for the CWHL.

"It'll mean playing alongside a completely new set of teammates," three-time Olympian and Mississauga Chiefs goalie Sami Jo Small said. "It'll certainly be different, but I'm so excited about the new players coming into the league. Some amazing talent is coming to the CWHL and I'm filled with anticipation to see how the teams will select players in the draft."

The draft is set for 7 p.m. at the Hockey Hall of Fame.


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