Princeton’s Koelzer selected first in 2016 NWHL Draft

Princeton defenseman Kelsey Koelzer was the first overall pick in the 2016 NWHL Draft (photo: Shelley M. Szwast).

Princeton defenseman Kelsey Koelzer was the first overall pick Saturday in the NWHL Draft, with the New York Riveters selecting the senior-to-be.

Koelzer, a first-team All-American for the Tigers last season and one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Award, led Princeton at plus-25 in 2015-16. She was the Tigers’ second-leading scorer with 33 points, including 17 goals.

Minnesota defenseman Lee Stecklein went at No. 2 to the Buffalo Beauts, followed by Gophers teammate Dani Cameranesi, a forward, to the Connecticut Whale.

The Boston Pride wrapped up the first of five rounds by taking Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens.

The Badgers led the way with five players selected. Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota, Northeastern and Quinnipiac each had two players chosen.

Saturday’s draft was for players who have one year of collegiate eligibility remaining. Teams may sign them after their eligibility expires.

Here are the selections:

1Kelsey KoelzerNew YorkDPrinceton
2Lee SteckleinBuffaloDMinnesota
3Dani CameranesiConnecticutFMinnesota
4Ann Renee DesbiensBostonGWisconsin
5Sydney DanielsNew YorkFHarvard
6Cayley MercerBuffaloFClarkson
7Andie AnastosConnecticutFBoston College
8Sarah NurseBostonFWisconsin
9Jenny RyanNew YorkDWisconsin
10Hayley ScamurraBuffaloFNortheastern
11Mellissa ChannellConnecticutDWisconsin
12Ashleigh BrykaliukBostonFMinnesota-Duluth
13Sydney McKibbonNew YorkFWisconsin
14Emma WoodsBuffaloFQuinnipiac
15Paige SavageConnecticutFNortheastern
16Halli KrzyzaniakBostonDNorth Dakota
17Amy MenkeNew YorkFNorth Dakota
18Maddie EliaBuffaloFBoston University
19Sydney RossmanConnecticutGQuinnipiac
20Lara StalderBostonFMinnesota-Duluth


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