Mikyla Grant-Mentis Signs, Joins the High-Skilled Forward Corps at NWHL Toronto
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 18, 2020
TORONTO – Brampton, Ontario native Mikyla Grant-Mentis, who became the all-time leading scorer at Merrimack College before dazzling in the NWHL in four games at the end of last season for Buffalo, has signed a contract for 2020-21 to join the league’s new team in Toronto.
“I am excited and proud to play the first full season of professional hockey career in my home and native land,” said Grant-Mentis. “I would like to express my gratitude for this opportunity to join the first NWHL team in Canada. I'm looking forward to demonstrating my skills and positive attitude on and off the ice. I hope the values I bring to the team will inspire young Canadian girls to follow their dreams. The Toronto fans are known for their loyalty and support, and I hope to grow in their hearts this coming season.”
At Merrimack, Grant-Mentis is the program’s all-time leader in points (117) and assists (61), and she is second in goals (56). In 2019-20, she led the team with 20 goals and 33 points in 33 games and earned Hockey East Second Team All-Star honors. The 20 goals ranked tied for second in Hockey East and top ten in NCAA Division I. Grant-Mentis had primary points on 54 percent of Merrimack’s total offense this season, and she was second among Merrimack forwards in blocked shots (39).
At the completion of her collegiate career in February, Grant-Mentis joined the Buffalo Beauts for the last two games in the regular season. She promptly earned Veda NWHL Player of the Week honors. In Buffalo’s playoff loss to Connecticut, Grant-Mentis had a goal and an assist.
"Mikyla is a dynamic player, able to adjust on the fly to different styles of play,” said Mandy Cronin, who was the general manager last season in Buffalo and last week was named GM of NWHL Toronto. “With her natural, highlight-goal-scoring ability, she's going to be a big hit with Toronto fans.”
Prior to Merrimack, Grant-Mentis played for the Mississauga Chiefs and Toronto Aeros. She becomes the ninth player to sign with NWHL Toronto, and she is the sixth member of a talented group of forwards that also features Kelly Babstock, Brooke Boquist, Shiann Darkangelo, Sarah-Eve Coutu Godbout, and Taylor Woods.
Photo credit: Merrimack College Athletics
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