Whitecaps Defender Sydney Baldwin is the NWHL VEDA Player of the Week
By Jane Norton
For her dominant play in one victory, followed by a clutch play the following day in another, Sydney Baldwin of the Minnesota Whitecaps has been named the VEDA NWHL Player of the Week.
“I am really excited to be receiving this award,” Baldwin said via email. “I personally wanted to start the season off strong on the ice, but above all, I am glad that we were able to come out with two wins this past weekend. That was huge for us. I couldn't have done it without my teammates. The Whitecaps and I are already looking forward to our next series in November!”
The first-year defender had a goal and three assists and was named First Star in Minnesota’s 7-2 defeat of the Whale on Saturday. The following day, Baldwin had the primary assist on the game-tying goal by Stephanie Anderson with 2:31 remaining in the Whitecaps’ stunning, come-from-behind 3-2 win in Connecticut.
In six games this season, Baldwin has four goals and five assists for nine points. She has been everything Whitecaps co-head coaches Ronda Engelhardt and Jack Brodt hoped Baldwin would be when they signed her to an NWHL contract in early September.
The 23-year-old certainly entered the league with an impressive resume. Baldwin was a two-time NCAA champion with the University of Minnesota. At the end of her senior season in 2018, she was named a CCM/AHCA First Team All-American, a Kazmaier finalist, the WCHA Player of the Year, and the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year.
Baldwin has not only excelled in the opening phase of her NWHL career, she’s enjoying every minute of it.
“The past month has been really special,” she said. “From playing in our home opener to our first road trip, it's been a really great experience. I've enjoyed the atmosphere in the locker room and it's been awesome getting to know my teammates better. I am really grateful to be a part of this team and the NWHL.”