Danielle Stone Becomes the First CIS Player to Register for 2013 CWHL Draft

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IIMay 17, 2013

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As prospects begin to declare their eligibility for the 2013 CWHL draft, Saskatchewan Huskies star Danielle Stone is eager to bring her scoring touch to the CWHL. The first Canadian Interuniversity Sport player to declare, Stone looks to elevate her game to the next level.

A native of Prince Albert, Stone brings a highly skilled game with a strong physical presence. At 5’8” and 143 pounds, Stone also has an accomplished background as a sprinter in track and field. Prior to joining the Huskies hockey program, she refused scholarships for basketball and track and field.

While with the Huskies, her greatest game may have come on January 16, 2010. Stone contributed on a historic night for the Huskies. In leading all skaters with two goals (including one on the power play), the Huskies defeated the nationally ranked Manitoba Bisons by a 6-1 tally. With the win, the Huskies enjoyed a weekend sweep of the Bisons for the first time in program history. It is that type of scoring success that she is looking to duplicate at the CWHL level.

During the 2012-13 season, one of her highlights came against the UBC Thunderbirds. On January 18, 2013, she snapped the three-game winning streak of the eventual Canada West postseason champions. With the game going to a shootout, she beat UBC netminder Danielle Dube (a former member of the Canadian National Team) with a backhand shot for the 3-2 win.

With 2013 marking her final postseason run with the Huskies, she logged the game-winning tally in the second game of the first round of the Canada West playoffs. The goal came in a 3-1 triumph versus the Alberta Pandas.

Stone logged back-to-back seasons of 25 points in her final two seasons with the Huskies (2011-12, 2012-13). Her 25-point output in 2011-12 ranked in the top five among skaters in Canada West. With a 13-goal output in her final season (ranked second on the team), she helped the Huskies to the second most potent offensive attack in the conference. Only the Calgary Dinos had a better output with 96 goals, compared to the Huskies effort of 82 goals.

A Canada West All-Rookie selection in 2008-09, she ranks second all-time in goals and points on the Huskies scoring list. In addition, her career assist total places her among the top ten all-time in Huskies history.

Of note, Stone also brings character to any lineup in the CWHL. During her Huskies career, she also found the time to give back to her community. As many players in the CWHL donate their time to various causes, it is a great quality in a draft prospect.

Volunteering with the Saskatoon Sports Council, she participated in sports clinics at various schools throughout the city. Some of the clinics she was involved with included sports such as floor hockey, basketball and soccer.

Having competed with the same university program as current Team Alberta player Chelsea Purcell, Stone would seem like a logical choice for the third year CWHL franchise. During the 2012-13 CWHL season, Team Alberta finished last overall with a mere three wins. Considering the franchise only managed 30 goals (which ranked last), Stone’s scoring touch may help to remedy their scoring drought.

The CIS saw sterling talent such as Ann-Sophie Bettez (McGill), Kathy Desjardins (Moncton) and Karolina Urban (University of Toronto) selected in the 2012 CWHL Draft. Stone looks like she is ready to continue the great tradition of quality prospects emerging from the CIS.