ROSTERS REVEALED FOR 2022 PHF ALL-STAR SHOWCASE
Captains Darkangelo, Dempsey, Thunstrom draft top talents for January 29
January 16, 2022 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – The Premier Hockey Federation has announced the three team rosters for the 2022 PHF All-Star Showcase to be played on Saturday, January 29 at Buffalo’s Northtown Center. The rosters were determined in a virtual draft with selections made by All-Star captains Shiann Darkangelo, Jillian Dempsey, and Allie Thunstrom. The results were revealed during today’s game broadcasts on ESPN+.
Darkangelo was awarded first overall pick by random draw and used it to select her Toronto Six teammate Mikyla Grant-Mentis who is the reigning PHF MVP and current top scorer.
“With the first overall pick in the PHF All-Star Showcase draft, I’m proud to announce Mikyla Grant-Mentis,” Darkangelo announced. “I definitely have to go with one of my teammates here, thinking about offense first for our team.”
Thunstrom chose second and also picked one of her PHF teammates in Minnesota Whitecaps forward Jonna Curtis who leads the club in goal scoring this season.
“I’m very honored to announce one of the best players I think in this league,” Thunstrom said while making her pick. “An amazing teammate, a really great friend, and somebody that continuously makes me look good, and that would be Jonna Curtis.”
Dempsey also decided to use her first pick on somebody familiar and opted for Boston Pride defender Kaleigh Fratkin. The pair won the Isobel Cup last season and were the first two players in PHF history to play in 100 career games.
“I’m going to go with Boston defender number 13, Kaleigh Fratkin,” Dempsey declared during the draft. “Big reason being she can do it all. I’ve seen her in all situations five-on-five, three-on-three, moves the puck well, great shot, physical, and I’m also not trying to get into a corner battle with her in the All-Star weekend so I’m going to secure Fratty.”
The draft’s order of selection alternated from top down, to bottom up after every round meaning Dempsey also held the fourth overall pick. She used it to select another member of the Pride in forward McKenna Brand. Thunstrom chose fifth overall and elected to choose her first defender in Boston’s Amanda Boulier. Another Pride blue liner went at number six when Darkangelo called on Kali Flanagan.
Here are the team captains making the top 6 picks in the PHF All-Star Showcase 🤩 pic.twitter.com/oq3dq3qyPH— PHF (@PHF) January 15, 2022
Through the draft process the captains were all required to select one goaltender, four defenders, and six forwards to ensure an even balance amongst the teams. The pool of All-Stars eligible for the draft was pre-determined and included the 30 selections made by PHF coaches along with the three skaters identified through the online fan vote. Captains were also responsible for selecting which of the event’s honorary coaches would stand behind their bench, the jerseys their team would wear, as well as which teams would faceoff first in the competition.
TEAM DARKANGELO COACHED BY MEGHAN CHAYKA:
Katie Burt (BOS)
Lindsay Eastwood (TOR)
Kali Flanagan (BOS)
Allie Munroe (CTW)
Shannon Turner (CTW)
Shiann Darkangelo (TOR)
Kennedy Ganser (BUF)
Mikyla Grant-Mentis (TOR)
Meghara McManus (BOS)
Madison Packer (MET)
Alyssa Wohlfeiler (CTW)
Emma Woods (TOR)
TEAM DEMPSEY COACHED BY SAMI JO SMALL:
Elaine Chuli (TOR)
Kaleigh Fratkin (BOS)
Tori Howran (CTW)
Dominique Kremer (BUF)
Taylor Woods (TOR)
Taylor Accursi (BUF)
McKenna Brand (BOS)
Jillian Dempsey (BOS)
Autumn MacDougall (BUF)
Kennedy Marchment (CTW)
Cassidy Vinkle (BUF)
Emma Vlasic (CTW)
TEAM THUNSTROM COACHED BY MEL DAVIDSON:
Abbie Ives (CTW)
Amanda Boulier (BOS)
Taylor Davison (TOR)
Patti Marshall (MIN)
Marie-Jo Pelletier (BUF)
Jonna Curtis (MIN)
Sammy Davis (BOS)
Anjelica Diffendal (BUF)
Taylor Girard (CTW)
Christina Putigna (BOS)
Rebecca Russo (MET)
Allie Thunstrom (MIN)
2022 PHF ALL-STAR SHOWCASE JERSEYS: DARKANGELO | DEMPSEY | THUNSTROM
The first game of the 2022 PHF All-Star Showcase will feature Team Thunstrom coached by Mel Davidson against Team Darkangelo coached by Meghan Chayka. The second game will be played between the loser of the first game and Team Dempsey coached by Sami Jo Small. Dempsey’s squad will also play in the third game competing against the winner of game number one. Each of the three games will be single-period contests consisting of 10 minutes of 5-on-5 action, followed by five minutes of 3-on-3 play, and a shootout. All goals will count towards final game scores with the top team crowned PHF All-Star champions.
Tickets for the 2022 PHF All-Star Showcase are on sale now and can be purchased at beauts.universitytickets.com. Jerseys and a collection of other event merchandise is available now at phfproshop.com.
The 2022 PHF All-Star Showcase will stream live in the United States exclusively on ESPN+, in Canada to TSN and TSN Direct subscribers, and through the ESPN International distribution network.
About Premier Hockey Federation (PHF)
The PHF is the home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and maintains the mission to provide strong role models and fuel the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup. For more information visit premierhockeyfederation.com.