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The Premier Hockey Federation offseason is in full swing. While the Buffalo Beauts made headlines with their history-making signing of Mikyla Grant-Mentis, other teams also are wheeling and dealing in preparation for the upcoming season.

Just Women’s Sports will be keeping track of who signs where as rosters continue to fill out.

Thursday, June 23 — Olivia Knowles to remain in Minnesota

Five-year Minnesota Golden Gophers standout and captain Olivia Knowles has opted to remain in Minnesota, signing with the Whitecaps on a one-year deal.

Through five years, the defender tallied 17 goals and 61 assists.

“We are excited to have Olivia join our defense this coming season. She is athletic, strong, and her skating ability stands out when you see her play,” Whitecaps coach Ronda Engelhardt said. “She will be an asset for our defense, and we look forward to seeing her contribute her rookie season.”

Wednesday, June 22 — Kassidy Sauvé signs with Buffalo, Toronto adds Carly Jackson

Goaltender Kassidy Sauvé has signed with the Buffalo Beauts on a one-year contract, marking her first PHF contract.

Previously, Sauvé played in Finland, putting up a 0.88 goals-against average and .964 save percentage in the Naisten Liiga for HPK. Prior to that, she spent three seasons with the PWHPA.

“With Sauvé we have obviously added an elite goaltender,” said Beauts GM Nate Oliver. “We feel that she is one of the best goaltenders in the world today. She has proven time and time again that she can be the deciding factor in any game she plays. With Sauvé and Lollo (Berndtsson), we have two number-1 goalies and a very solid tandem.”

The Toronto Six also added a goaltender on Wednesday, signing Carly Jackson to a one-year contract.

Jackson spent last season with the Beauts, recorded a .908 save percentage through 18 appearances and being named an All-Star. An alternate captain during her second pro season, she was Buffalo’s leading goaltender for two years.

Last season, she led the PHF with 521 shots faced and 473 saves.

“I started my tenure with the [Buffalo] Beauts and had nothing but a positive experience with them, but it was just time for a change for me,” she said. “I talked with Angela James on the phone, and I was starstruck and pretty amazed to be able to talk with her and pick her brain.

“Every single experience I’ve had with the Six, whether playing against them or during free agency, was nothing but exceptional. I have so much respect for this team and a lot of admiration for the players and staff. Having the opportunity to play for the Six, it was an offer I just couldn’t turn down. I’m really excited to be in the City of Toronto and be a member of the Six, and show the city what I can do”

Tuesday, June 21 — Justine Reyes bolsters Connecticut offense

After adding Lenka Serdar on Monday, the Whale continued to add to their scoring power with the addition of Justine Reyes. She spent the past two seasons in Germany, leading ESC Planegg in scoring over two seasons with the team.

“Justine is an exciting player with good size, speed, and a natural ability to find the puck around the net.” said head coach Colton Orr. “She adds more skill and scoring up front, is a fun player to watch, and fits the Whale style of hockey. We can’t wait to see what she can do in her first year in the PHF.”

Monday, June 20 — Connecticut Whale add Lenka Serdar

Czech Republic Olympian Lenka Serdar signed with the Connecticut Whale on a one-year deal on Monday. It’s her first professional North American contract.

A three-year professional player overseas, she led ECDC Memmingen in 2019 with 26 goals through 21 games. Last season, she had 11 goals and 18 assists through 35 games for Linkoping HC in Sweden.

“I’m very excited and grateful to join the Whale,” said Serdar. “I look forward to working alongside great players, our dedicated coaching staff, and an even better organization. I can’t wait to contribute to the team culture and on-ice success the Whale established last season and work together to bring an Isobel Cup to Connecticut.”

Friday, June 17 — Denisa Krizova signs with Minnesota

Olympian Denisa Krizova has signed with Minnesota, returning to the PHF after having played with the Boston Pride during the 2019-19 season.

The first Czech player to ever be selected in the PHF Draft in 2017, she debuted as a member of the Pride, putting up 14 points through 16 games. She then went overseas and played with Brynas IF in the SDHL, putting up 128 points over 106 regular-season games.

Thursday, June 16 — Madi Nichols signs with Beauts, Minttu Tuominen signs with Metropolitan Riveters, Toronto re-ups with Saroya Tinker

A college standout at Nazareth College, Madi Nichols has signed a one-year contract. She led her team in scoring the past two seasons, notching 96 points (37 goals, 59 assists) across 86 NCAA Division III games.

She ranks third in career goals, second in career assists and second in career points in Nazareth program history. Nearly half of her points total came this past season, when she notched 46 points in 29 games.

The Riveters continued to bolster their roster, adding four-time Olympic defender Minttu Tuominen to a one-year contract. A three-time Olympic bronze medalist (2010, 2018, 2022) and a five-time World medalist, Tuominen has spent the past 10 seasons playing professionally overseas.

She most recently spent two seasons playing professionally in Russia, guiding KRS Vanke Rays to a title in 2022.

Continuing on in the series of signings on Thursday, Saroya Tinker re-signed with Toronto on a one-year deal. The defender was the league’s top shot blocker last season, with 39 through 20 games. She also managed to register six points, with one goal and five assists.

Wednesday, June 15 — Patti Marshall re-signs with Minnesota

After a standout rookie season, defender Patti Marshall has re-signed with Minnesota on a one-year deal. Last season, Marshall was named a PHF All-Star while also receiving nominations for Defender of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

A former 11th overall pick, she posted seven assists while a member of the blue line.

Tuesday, June 14 — Riveters add Olympian Eveliina Makinen

Three-time Olympic goaltender Eveliina Makinen is joining the PHF, signing with the Metropolitan Riveters on a one-year contract. A two-time Olympic bronze medalist, Makinen spent the last four seasons playing professionally in Sweden. Last season, she collected a 15-3-0 record, with a .905 save percentage.

Monday, June 13 — Anjelica Diffendal re-signs with Buffalo

After a stellar rookie campaign, Anjelica Diffendal has opted to return to Buffalo on a one-year contract. Through 20 games last season, she notched six goals — which tied her for first on the team. A former seventh-overall pick, she finished tied for third place in the PHF with three power-play goals.

Friday, June 10 — Autumn MacDougall to return to Buffalo, Lexi Templeman signs with Toronto

Autumn MacDougall will play with Buffalo for a third straight season after signing a one-year contract with the club. The 14th overall selection by Buffalo in 2020, she had 14 points in 20 games last season for the Beauts. Alongside her nine assists, she led Buffalo in both offensive categories.

She was a 2022 PHF All-Star selection.

Ohio State forward Lexi Templeman has signed with the Toronto Six for her rookie campaign. The free agent won a national championship with the Buckeyes this past season, the program’s first.

She spent her first four collegiate seasons at Robert Morris University. Adding in her final season at Ohio State, she had 138 points through 167 games.

Thursday, June 9 — Free agent Taylor Marchin signs with Riveters

Veteran free agent defender Taylor Marchin is on the move, opting to sign with the Metropolitan Riveters on a one-year deal.

She spent four seasons with Connecticut, playing in 55 games. The defender is the fifth free agent acquisition this offseason for the Riveters, who are also returning Madison Packer, Kendall Cornine and Kelly Babstock.

Wednesday, June 8 — Kelly Babstock signs with Metropolitan Riveters, Emma Woods returns to Toronto

Kelly Babstock is returning to the Riveters on a one-year deal. The veteran forward finished as the club’s fifth-highest scorer, with five goals and eight assists for 13 points.

She’s spent six seasons in the league, tallying 80 points across 96 games.

Emma Woods, meanwhile, is returning to Toronto for a third season on a one-year deal with the Six. She is the last remaining piece of the captaincy group to sign with the team.

An alternate captain last season, she had nine goals and nine assists. Included were three power play goals, which tied her for third in the PHF. She also finished second on the team in goals behind Mikyla Grant-Mentis, who is returning to Buffalo on a record deal.

Tuesday, June 7 — Claudia Kepler re-signs with Buffalo for two years, Connecticut signs Caitrin Lonergan

Winger Claudia Kepler is returning to Buffalo after signing a two-year deal with the Beauts. Last season she held a .214 shooting percentage, tied for third-best in the PHF, after scoring three goals on 13 shots on goal.

Clarkson University and Boston College standout Caitrin Lonergan signed with the Connecticut Whale on a one-year contract. A top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier award as a sophomore and a senior, she consistently was having high-scoring seasons in the NCAA.

Lonergan is also a member of USA Hockey’s development program, having won a U18 IIHF Women’s World Championship gold medal in 2015.

Monday, June 6 — Connecticut signs Tori Howran to two-year deal

Tori Howran will return to Connecticut on a two-year contract. A blueliner, Howran recorded 26 shots on goal, posting eight assists in her second PHF season.

Friday, June 3 — Toronto Six signs high-powered forward Brittany Howard, Connecticut returns Amanda Conway

Free agent forward Brittany Howard signed a contract for the upcoming season with Toronto, the club announced Friday. She had previously spent three seasons with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association, making her the second player from the PWHPA to sign a PHF contract for the upcoming season.

She fills a hole left by the departure of Mikyla Grant-Mentis. Prior to her stint in the PWHPA, she spent time with the Toronto Furies of the CWHL, tallying five goals and eight assists through 25 games.

Amanda Conway is also returning to Connecticut. Through 18 games last season, Conway had 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points, good for third on the team.

Thursday, June 2 — Connecticut brings back Hannah Bates

Former rookie Hannah Bates has re-joined the Connecticut Whale on a one-year contract. Solid on defense, she had five points through 18 games en route to helping the Whale to the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

She also recorded a plus-14 rating as the team had the fewest goals-against in the PHF.

Wednesday, June 1 — Buffalo adds Emma Nuutinen, Cassidy MacPherson

Two-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist for Team Finland Emma Nuutinen signed a one-year contract with the Beauts on Wednesday. Most recently, she spent time with Finland’s Naisten Liiga, scoring 85 goals and notching 92 assists through six seasons. This PHF season will be her first in North America.

The team also announced that it had signed center Cassidy MacPherson to a one-year contract. It will be her fourth straight season with the team.

Tuesday, May 31 – Buffalo adds Antonia Matzka, Connecticut brings back Alyssa Wohlfeiler, Minnesota re-signs Jonna Curtis

Defender Antonia Matzka will join the Beauts as a rookie this season after graduating this year from the University of Vermont. She also spent time at Holy Cross. She has played for the Austrian women’s national team since 2014.

Whale assistant captain Alyssa Wohlfeiler will return for her fourth season with Connecticut after tying a career-high 16 points in 18 games last season. A PHF All-Star, she’s the fourth forward to sign with the team so far.

Jonna Curtis will return to Minnesota after leading the team in scoring during the 2021-22 season. Having been part of the Whitecaps since they joined the PHF in 2018-19, she has served as an assistant captain for the past three seasons.

Monday, May 30 – Abbie Ives returns to Connecticut

One of the main reasons that the Connecticut Whale led the regular season in 2021-22 was due to Abbie Ives’ stellar presence in net by. She’ll return to the Whale for the upcoming season after setting a franchise record 10 wins in net while also posting a .894 save percentage.

Sunday, May 29 – Where each team’s roster stands

As of May 29, every team but one (Boston) has signed at least one player. But the Pride don’t appear worried about their current lack of players.

Alongside Grant-Mentis, the Beauts have also added Jenna Suokko back for a second PHF season and the 12th season of her professional career. Buffalo native Allison Attea will also return to the team after being drafted 19th overall by the team in 2021. Joining them are Dominique Kremer, Courtney Maud, Jessica Healey and Lovisa Berndtsson.

The Metropolitan Riveters started to fill out their roster with the re-signing of captain Madison Packer. They then made headlines by signing U.S. Olympian Amanda Pelkey away from the PWHPA. International free agent defender Ebba Berglund signed a one-year contract and will be joined by Reka Dabasi, Sarah Bujold and Kendall Cornine.

The Toronto Six have re-signed players from last season, starting with goaltender Elaine Chuli. They’ve also added back Taylor Davison, Shiann Darkangelo and Taylor Woods.

Connecticut has signed four players to its roster, bringing back forwards Kennedy Marchment, Taylor Girard and Emma Vlasic. Defender Allie Munroe will return for her second year with the team after recording 13 points last season, including 10 assists. Girard will enter her second season with the team after winning PHF Newcomer of the Year, racking up 24 points on the season – good for third in the PHF.

The Whitecaps have also signed four players. Minnesota re-signed Ashleigh Brykaliuk to a two-year deal. She had a breakout rookie season, scoring 14 points through 20 games – including 11 assists. Joining her are Sidney Morin, Sydney Brodt, and Sydney Baldwin.