PWHL Toronto extends draft steal Hannah Miller for another year

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Just under the gun, PWHL Toronto and Hannah Miller announced they will remain together for at least another year.

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Miller and the team announced a one-year extension on the final day the team had exclusive bargaining rights with its roster with free agency officially opening.

Miller, the 13th-round pick by Toronto that scored seven goals in the inaugural season to finish third in goals on the team behind Natalie Spooner and Sarah Nurse, was one of the steals of the draft.

Toronto’s roster now sits at 12 players, not including the recent draft picks that need to be signed.

The 12-player roster as of now is Miller, Allie Munroe, Victoria Bach, Jesse Compher, Maggie Connors, Emma Maltais, Nurse, Spooner, captain Blayre Turnbull, Renata Fast, Kali Flanagan, Jocelyne Larocque and goaltender Kristen Campbell.

“I’m very excited to be staying in Toronto for another season,” Miller said via a team statement. “It’s such a great city with the best fans in the world. I can’t wait to get back on the ice and start working towards our ultimate goal of bringing a championship to the city.”

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Miller played up and down the lineup as needed and was effective with just about anyone head coach Troy Ryan had her skating.

Among her seven goals were two game-winners during Toronto’s 11-game winning streak.

Miller, 28 and a native of North Vancouver, B.C., has experienced hockey all over the world in her young career. A graduate of St. Lawrence College, she has also played in the Swedish league (SDHL), as well as in China with the KRS Vanke Rays and in Russia. She represented China at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, scoring the first goal of the tournament.

“Hannah was a key part of our team’s success in the inaugural season,” Toronto GM Gina Kingsbury said in a team statement. “We are happy to have her sign an extension and we look forward to her continued impact on PWHL Toronto!”

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ERICA HOWE HANGS THEM UP

Veteran backup goaltender Erica Howe announced her retirement from the game earlier this week.

Howe started two games and appeared in just three, but her impact on the team went far beyond that. The quintessential team player, Howe was the perfect mentor for starter Kristen Campbell, who was moving into that starting role for the first time since leaving college.

Between them, Howe and Carly Jackson, Toronto’s third goaltender, provided the perfect goaltender room for Campbell, who would go on to be named PWHL’s goalkeeper of the year in the first season.

In the recent draft, Toronto selected Ohio State goaltender and Manitoba native Raygan Kirk, who both Kingsbury and Ryan are familiar with having previously had her in Hockey Canada camps.

Howe’s impact wasn’t restricted to just the goaltender’s company as she was popular throughout the locker room for her positive energy and upbeat personality.

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