2020 First Overall Draft Pick Sammy Davis Signs with the Boston Pride
BOSTON – Sammy Davis, the first overall selection in the 2020 NWHL Draft on Tuesday, has signed a contract for the 2020-21 season with the Boston Pride.
“I’m very grateful that the Boston Pride made me the first overall pick in the NWHL Draft, and I’m excited to officially sign with the team to play pro hockey in my favorite city,” said Davis, 23.
An elite-level forward out of Boston University, Davis was a Hockey East First Team All-Star and the MVP of the Beanpot Tournament last season. She led the Terriers in goals (17), assists (24) and points (41) while playing all 36 games. The Pembroke, Mass. native had an even more explosive season as a junior in 2018-19, leading Hockey East in goals with 25 and finishing second in the conference in points with 52. Over her BU career, the 5-4 forward was 66-76-142 in 147 games.
“In Sammy, the Boston Pride are getting a person of character and ability who will embrace the challenge of professional hockey,” said Boston University head coach Brian Durocher. “Our program is extremely proud of Sammy and we’re excited to watch her excel at the next level.”
At the IIHF U-18 World Championship in 2015, Davis was an assistant captain for the U.S. and had two goals and an assist in five games.
Among the many other honors Davis received during her collegiate career, she was named a Hockey East Distinguished Scholar. While playing for Boston NWHL’s team, Davis will pursue a doctorate in occupational therapy at BU.
“As talented and determined as Sammy is on the ice, her selflessness and leadership make her a perfect fit for the team we are building for Boston,” said Pride GM Karilyn Pilch. “There is no doubt in our minds that as she is challenged by her teammates and the competition across the NWHL, Sammy’s game will continue to develop and she will reach even higher levels as a player.”