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Brittany Howard named NWHL’s top draft prospect

Brittany Howard skates during the CHA semifinals. -- BRIAN MITCHELL

On Thursday, the National Women’s Hockey League will conduct its annual draft, The NWHL showed the ultimate respect for Robert Morris forward Brittany Howard on Wednesday, naming her the top available prospect in the draft.

Howard spent most of the 2016-17 season shattering the Robert Morris record books when it comes to women’s hockey. The center has accumulated 132 points in her time as a Colonial. That paces the schools career output, and she has a season left to be played, her upcoming senior season.

The forward from St. Thomas, Ontario has been consistent throughout her career, as she has posted 40-point seasons in each year she has competed. An early season injury derailed her true sophomore season in 2014-15, but came back in her redshirt season to match her output from the previous campaign. She broke out in 2016-17, when she clicked with linemates Amber Rennie and Jaycee Gebhard to score 50 points and pace a potent Colonials offense that earned the team’s second CHA championship and first NCAA tournament appearance.

If drafted, Howard will be first Robert Morris player selected in the history of the league. Players that have completed their junior season are eligible for selection by the four founding franchises of the professional league that will start its third season this fall.

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