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The 2015–16 NWHL season is the first season of operation of the National Women's Hockey League. Four teams competed for the inaugural Isobel Cup: the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale.

2015–16 NWHL season
LeagueNational Women's Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 11, 2015 – February 28, 2016
Regular season
Season championsBoston Pride
Top scorerHilary Knight
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPBrianna Decker
Isobel Cup
ChampionsBoston Pride
  Runners-upBuffalo Beauts
NWHL seasons

League businessEdit

  • July 2015: The NWHL Foundation hosted a Canadian Training Camp Series in four different Canadian cities (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor).[1]
  • Late July 2015: A training camp for European players took place at Ristuccia Memorial Arena outside Boston on July 23, hosted by Boston Pride head coach Bobby Jay. Players from Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Japan attended.[2]

NWHL DraftEdit

The 2015 NWHL Draft took place on June 22, 2015. A draft lottery was held and the New York Riveters earned the first pick overall, selecting Alexandra Carpenter of the Boston College Eagles women's ice hockey program.

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team GP W L OTL W% GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Boston Pride 18 14 3 1 0.806 75 39 +36 29
2 Connecticut Whale 18 13 5 0 0.722 61 51 +10 26
3 Buffalo Beauts 18 5 9 4 0.389 56 66 −10 14
4 New York Riveters 18 4 12 2 0.278 40 76 −36 10
Source: NWHL
y – Clinched division.


Scoring leadersEdit

  • The following players led the league in regular season points at the conclusion of season.
Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Hilary Knight Boston Pride 17 15 18 33 8
Brianna Decker Boston Pride 17 14 15 29 20
Kelli Stack Connecticut Whale 17 8 14 22 24
Kelly Babstock Connecticut Whale 18 9 13 22 24
Kelley Steadman Buffalo Beauts 13 13 7 20 16

All-star gameEdit

The 1st NWHL All-Star Game was held January 24, 2016 at HarborCenter in Buffalo, the home of the Beauts.[3]

PlayoffsEdit

Semifinals Finals
      
1 Boston Pride 2
4 New York Riveters 0
1 Boston Pride 2
3 Buffalo Beauts 0
2 Connecticut Whale 1
3 Buffalo Beauts 2

MilestonesEdit

Milestone Player Team Date
First goal Jessica Koizumi Connecticut Whale Oct 11, 2015
First Canadian to score a goal Kelly Babstock Connecticut Whale Oct 11, 2015
First European to log an assist Lyudmila Belyakova New York Riveters Oct 11, 2015
First European to score a goal Yekaterina Smolentseva Connecticut Whale Dec 13, 2015
First shootout goal Kelly Babstock Connecticut Whale Nov 22, 2015
First multi-goal game Hilary Knight (2 goals) Boston Pride Oct 11, 2015
First hat trick Brianna Decker Boston Pride Oct 25, 2015
First multi-point game Kelli Stack (3 points) Connecticut Whale Oct 11, 2015
First multi-point game by a defenseman Kacey Bellamy (2 points) Boston Pride Oct 11, 2015
First goaltending win Jaimie Leonoff   Canada Connecticut Whale Oct 11, 2015
First American-born goaltender to win a regular season game Brittany Ott Boston Pride Oct 11, 2015
First international goaltender to win a regular season game Nana Fujimoto New York Riveters Nov 15, 2015
First African-American player to compete in the NWHL Blake Bolden Boston Pride Oct 11, 2015
First shootout game Brittany Ott Boston Pride Dec 20, 2015

Awards and honorsEdit

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