Canadian goaltender Amanda Leveille, one of the great stars of the National Women’s Hockey League in its early history, is back for the 2019-20 season. The two-time Isobel Cup champion and 2018 Goaltender of the Year has re-signed with the Minnesota Whitecaps.
Leveille is the 15th player to sign for the upcoming NWHL season since the Standard Player Contract was finalized just over two weeks ago. Besides playing in the NWHL, Leveille is the director of goaltending at Os Hockey.
"I have the greatest respect and admiration for what the Whitecaps program represents and what it has built for women’s hockey players over the past 15 years,” said Leveille. “It has produced sold out crowds, an Isobel Cup, a Clarkson Cup, and the first team in NWHL history to generate a profit. I will do my part in the NWHL and to continue to grow girls’ hockey at the youth and professional levels through my availability and visibility to the hockey community."
Leveille began her spectacular NWHL career with two seasons in Buffalo, winning the Isobel Cup with the Beauts in 2017 and garnering the league’s top goaltender honors the following season. When the NWHL expanded to Minnesota in 2018, Leveille returned to her collegiate stomping grounds and earned the starting job between the pipes for the Whitecaps.
In Minnesota’s historic inaugural season, she backstopped the Whitecaps to the regular season title and Isobel Cup championship. Leveille posted career bests in nearly every statistical category, recording a .929 save percentage – including an impressive .966 mark in the playoffs – and finishing with a 1.96 goals-against average and a 13-4 record. After captaining one of the All-Star teams in Saint Paul in 2017, Leveille was once again selected for NWHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville in 2018.
Winning is something the Kingston, Ontario native has been accustomed to for many years after helping lead the University of Minnesota to four NCAA National Championship games and winning three titles. A three-time All-USCHO selection, Leveille finished her collegiate career with a 98-9-5 record, a .947 save percentage and 32 shutouts, while her 1.18 goals-against average set a school record.
Before college, Leveille played at Frontenac Secondary School and with the Ottawa Lady Senators of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. She also helped Ontario Red to the Canadian U18 National Championship, earning Top Goaltender and championship MVP honors.
But it is the Whitecaps, under co-founder and co-head coach Jack Brodt, to whom Leveille wanted to express her thanks on the day she signed a contract for the upcoming NWHL season.
“The Whitecaps have extended the playing careers of countless women living in Minnesota and abroad,” said Leveille. “The Junior Whitecaps have provided countless opportunities for young girl hockey players to train, play and be coached by female role models. My dedication to the Whitecaps and the growth of women’s professional and youth hockey in Minnesota is inscribed with deep gratitude for the Brodt family. While Jack Brodt’s success in Minnesota is evident, what is not so well-known is his unwavering generosity, commitment and willingness to do whatever is necessary to advance the women’s game.”
PHOTO BY TOM MORRIS