2012-13 CWHL Preview

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2012-13 CWHL Preview
Photo by Finn O'Hara

The 2012-13 CWHL season reflects a season of change. With the Burlington Barracudas having been contracted, the league now possesses five high quality teams. The 2012 CWHL Draft has promised that the balance of power in the league may soon change.

An underachieving Toronto Furies rebuilt their offense by drafting Rebecca Johnston, Jennifer Wakefield, Natalie Spooner, Catherine White and Jordanna Peroff. The five comprise a long term grouping of five core forwards.

All-World defender Molly Engstrom has joined the Boston Blades, a move that will help the franchise recover from the retirement of Angela Ruggiero. With the drafting of Hilary Knight, Jen Schoullis and Anne Schleper (all members of the United States national team), the Blades have added much-needed depth to their offense. With the hiring of Digit Murphy as coach and general manager, the Blades promise to build on their second place finish of last season.

While the Montreal Stars look to win an unprecedented third consecutive Clarkson Cup finish, they understand no team can be taken for granted.

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