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12 Minnesotans Selected in the 2023 PWHL Draft

By Minnesota Hockey, 09/18/23, 5:00PM CDT


The inaugural draft for the Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL) was held on Monday, September 18th, in Toronto. Minnesotans filled up the draft board, with 12 Minnesotans selected throughout the 15-round draft. That included Taylor Heise, the Lake City Native, who played high school hockey at Red Wing before she went on to captain the University of Minnesota, where she won the 2022 Patty Kazmaier Award.

Stats on the Draft and Women's Hockey in Minnesota

  • In 2022-23, Minnesota led all American states with 13,390 registered Girls skaters and 5,196 of those being 8 & Under skaters, which makes up 20% of all American 8 & Under skaters.
  • 12 Minnesotans were selected, which makes up 13% of all players drafted and 41% of all Americans drafted.
  • Of the 12 Minnesotans drafted, 12 different non-profit community-based associations were represented.
  • Homecoming: 7 Minnesotans were selected by PWHL Minnesota.
Round Pick Player Team Hometown
1 1 Taylor Heise Minnesota Lake City
3 13 Grace Zumwinkle Minnesota Excelsior
4 20 Gabbie Hughes Ottawa Lino Lakes
4 24 Maggie Flaherty Minnesota Lakeville
5 27 Hannah Brandt Boston Vadnais Heights
8 43 Madison Bizal Montreal Elk River
8 46 Emily Brown Boston Blaine
9 49 Sidney Morin Minnesota Minnetonka
10 57 Paetyn Levis New York Rogers
10 60 Sophia Kunin Shaver Minnesota Wayzata
13 73 Liz Schepers Minnesota Mound
15 85 Sydney Brodt Minnesota Mounds View