PWHPA Announces New Group Of Players

PWHPA Announces New Group Of Players
May 22, 2020

The PWHPA has slowly been unveiling its 2020-21 members on Twitter this week. The first four, which included two newcomers, were announced on Monday. It has been a steady stream since then. The PWHPA is expected to continue unveiling its members on Twitter over the next little while.

As always, we’ll have you covered right here and on Twitter.

Here are the recent players committed for the 2020-21 PWHPA season.

Jess Jones

The Canadian forward returns for her second season with the PWHPA. Jones previously played five seasons in the CWHL with the Markham Thunder and one season in the NWHL with the Buffalo Beauts. Her lone NWHL season was in 2017-18. She returned to Markham for the 2018-19 season.

Jones played her college hockey at Mercyhurst from 2008-2012. After graduating, she played a season of professional hockey in Belarus for HK Pantera Minsk.

Dani Cameranesi

Another returning member, Cameranesi brings US National Team fame to the table. She was a member of the 2018 Olympic Gold Medal team, and is a two-time Gold Medalist at the World Championships with Team USA. Her winning extends to college as well. While at the University of Minnesota, the dynamic forward won a pair of National Championships.

Cameranesi played 14 games for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL in 2018-19 before joining the PWHPA last season.

Sydney Brodt

Another high-profile rookie has chosen the PWHPA path. Brodt, a forward, was one of the most dynamic offensive players in the country last season for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She recorded 41 points (19-22-41) in 36 games, and served as captain for three seasons.

While with the Bulldogs, Brodt never scored less than 15 points in a single season.

She too brings US National Team experience. Brodt played in seven games at World Championship, winning Gold, in 2019. She’s also played for Team USA at the U18 level.

She was the third rookie to be announced as a PWHPA member for the 2020-21 season.

Katie Burt

The first overall pick in the 2017 NWHL Draft, Burt is a true star goaltender. The former Boston College star enters her second season in the PWHPA, and will likely be a starting goaltender for one of the regional training hubs this coming season.

Burt has both a Gold and Silver at the U18 Women’s World Championship for Team USA. She was recognized as one of the best goaltenders in college when she played for Boston College from 2014-2018. Burt’s best season came in 2015-16, when she posted a .943 save percentage in 36 games.

Burt played in 16 games during her lone NWHL season in 2018-19. She had a .920 save percentage.

Hanna Bunton

The Canadian forward will be in her second PWHPA season in 2019-20. Bunton previously played two seasons in China with the CWHL’s Vanke Rays (2017-18 and 2018-19) before joining the PWHPA. She never played in the NWHL, as she went directly to the CWHL following a successful career at NCAA Cornell.

Elite Prospects has Bunton listed as trying out for the Calgary regional hub.

Victoria Bach

A former star at Boston University, Bach is entering her second season in the PWHPA. She played four seasons for the Terriers, wearing an ‘A’ in her senior season. Bach then played the 2018-19 season in the CWHL for the Markham Thunder before the league folded. She had a remarkable 32 points (19-13-32) in 26 games that season.

She had a career-high 67 points (39-28-67) in 33 games with BU in her senior season of 2017-18.

Kristen Campbell

One of the best goaltenders in college hockey has elected to join the PWHPA for her first professional season. Campbell, who starred at Wisconsin, won the 2019 NCAA National Championship over Minnesota. Her college career began with a red-shirt season at the University of North Dakota, followed by just five games in her second season.

When the program was discontinued, Campbell transferred to Wisconsin and emerged as an elite goaltender. She posted a 1.82 goals against average and a .912 save percentage in 31 games this past season. Her college career, and chance at a repeat, was cut-short due to COVID-19 this past March.

Rebecca Johnston

The famous Canadian National Team star is back in the fold for her second season with the PWHPA. Johnston was a CWHL veteran who joined the organization when it formed in the spring of 2019. She attended Cornell from 2007-2012, taking 2009-2010 off from the team to play for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics.

Following her college career, Johnston joined the Toronto Furies for the 2012-13 season. There, she collected 25 points (8-17-25) in 24 games. Following that successful season, however, Johnston left the CWHL to prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

She returned to the CWHL and played for the Calgary Inferno from 2014-2019.

Johnston has three Olympic medals (two Gold, one Silver) and eight World Championship medals (one Gold, seven Silver) to her name.

Catherine Daoust

A defenseman, Daoust is also slated for her second season with the PWHPA. She played one season for Montreal in the CWHL (2018-19) and is a strong bet to tryout for the Montreal regional training hub next season. Prior to turning pro, Daoust played four seasons of college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

She also has international experience. Daoust won a Gold Medal at the U18 Women’s World Junior Championship for Team Canada.