I have an interesting story on NHL.com about the slow but steady growth of Black women playing NCAA hockey as part of our coverage for Black History Month. If you haven’t seen the story, please give it a read HERE.
At least 15 Black women are on NCAA Division I and Division III teams this season. Some of aren’t playing this season because their schools or leagues have cancelled games due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
Here’s a photo album featuring some of the players. If I’ve missed anyone, please feel free to send photos and biographies to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chayla Edwards, defense, University of Wisconsin (Division I).
University of Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Chayla Edwards (Photos/Tom Lynn/David Stluka/Wisconsin Athletic Communications).
Rayla Clemons, forward, Syracuse University (Division I).
Sierra Benjamin, defense, State University of New York-Plattsburgh (Division III).
Avery Mitchell, defense, Clarkson University (Division I).
Tamara Thierus, forward, University of New Hampshire (Division I).
Jada Burke, forward, Lindenwood University (Division I).
Kiersten Goode, forward, Yale University (Division I).
Maria Di Cresce, forward, Nazareth College (Division III).
India Charles, defense, Finlandia University (Division III).
Kensie Malone, forward, Augsburg University (Division III).
Teagan Heaslip, defense, Lindenwood University.
Jennifer Costa, forward, Dartmouth College (Division I).
Crystalyn Hengler, defense, University of Minnesota (Division I).
University of Minnesota junior defenseman Crystalyn Hengler (Photos/Gopher Athletics).
Sophie Jaques, defense, Ohio State University (Division I).
Not pictured: Asiah Taylor Waters, forward, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Division I)