Burlington, Ont. native Renata Fast was the Toronto Furies first choice, and second over all, in the Canadian Hockey’s League’s 2016 Entry Draft.
Fast, a defenceman, competed last season for the Clarkson University Golden Knights, a Division 1 school in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and was a member of Team Canada for the Nation’s Cup series. The 21-year -old Fast is a graduate of the Burlington Barracudas in the Provincial Women Hockey League.
She was among the 76 players selected in the draft fo the Boston Blades, Brampton Thunder, Calgary Inferno, Les Canadiennes de Montreal and Toronto Furies for the 2016-17 season. They represent 54 different Canadian Interuniversity Sport and NCAA programs and six National Women’s Teams including Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Russia and the USA.
Forward Kayla Tutino (Boston University – Montreal, QC.) was selected first overall by the Boston Blades The first round continued with Laura Stacey (Dartmouth University – Kleinburg, Ont.) picked third overall by the Brampton Thunder, Emerance Maschmeyer (Harvard University – Bruderheim, AB) selected fourth overall by the Calgary Inferno, and Sarah Lefort (Boston University – Ormstown, QC) rounding out the first round, fifth overall by Les Canadiennes de Montreal.
As the first overall pick in the draft, Tutino joins a select group of athletes who can claim this honour. In 2010 Toronto Furies blueliner Tessa Bonhomme became the first player selected in the inaugural CWHL entry draft. Her selection was followed in 2011 by Meghan Agosta (Montreal), 2012 Hillary Pattenden (Alberta), 2013 Jessica Wong (Alberta), 2014 Laura Fortino (Brampton and Hamilton, On native) and last year’s 1st overall pick, Sarah Edney of the Brampton Thunder.
The 2016 CWHL Draft took place at the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Doc Seaman Centre in Toronto Sunday (Aug. 21).
“The 2016 CWHL Draft Class represents another amazing group of NCAA and CIS graduates who bring their skill, determination, and leadership to our league.” CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress said. “This outstanding talent is a complement to our already incredible players and shows that the CWHL will again ice the best competition that this sport has to offer. I wish every one of these players the very best of luck as they take the ice this September and strive for spots with our five great teams.”