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#NWHLJerseyCountdown: Who's in the Top 10 of Jersey Sales?

By Rich Furlong, 04/12/17, 11:00AM EDT



The numbers are in! Did your favorite player crack the top-10 this season?

#10 - Michelle Picard, New York Riveters

Former Olympian and Harvard grad Michelle Picard might not be on the score sheet often, but her work ethic and determination are on display every game-night in Newark. 

Picard's steady presence and leadership on the back end played a large role in the Riveters' resurgence. After finishing in last place the inaugural season,  Picard and the Riveters bounced back to finish the 2016-17 regular season in second place, behind only the Boston Pride.

#9 - Brianne McLaughlin, Buffalo Beauts

Brianne McLaughlin may be know by her iconic #29 sweater, but her NWHL career will always be remembered best with a different number: 60. 

McLaughlin made 60 saves on 62 shots in the Isobel Cup Final at UMass Lowell as her Buffalo Beauts defeated the heavily-favored Boston Pride 3-2 to win their franchise's first Isobel Cup, bringing a long-awaited championship to the city of Buffalo. 

#8 - Brianna Decker, Boston Pride

What's to be said about Brianna Decker?

The Wisconsin grad is listed at only 5'4", but when she lowers her shoulder and drives to the slot, more often than not it's the defenders in her path that take the beating. Her unique blend of speed and strength with her stature make her the NWHL's shortest power-forward.

The two-time NWHL MVP, scoring leader, and co-captain of the Boston Pride is considered by many to be the best women's hockey player in the world right now.

#7 - Kelli Stack, Connecticut Whale

When you're at a Connecticut Whale game and you see a green blur darting through the neutral zone, chances are your eyes are struggling to focus on Kelli Stack.

Stack's speed, quick release and patented toe-drag were responsible for 12 goals and seven assists in 16 games. She's also one of the world's best on the draw, and led the NWHL in face-off wins, with 208.

#6 - Gigi Marvin, Boston Pride

Last season's winner the the NWHL's Top-Defender award had herself another heck of a year with the Boston Pride this season. Gigi Marvin's commitment to be the model for well-rounded defenseman can be seen every time she takes the ice.

Marvin averaged almost a point per game for the Pride this season (14 points in 16 games), with four points coming on the power play. 

#5 - Ashley Johnston, New York Riveters

The consummate leader and fan-favorite Ashley 'Stretch' Johnston of the New York Riveters proved this season that she's more than just a big-time defender.

We've known since last season that Stretch had a cannon from the point, but this season we learned that she could dangle and snipe as well!

The 6-foot-tall blue-liner was awarded this season's Denna Laing award and voted by the Media into the NWHL All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.

#4 - Kelley Steadman, Buffalo Beauts

All-Star captain and Isobel Cup champion Kelley Steadman somehow keeps getting better. 

For the second consecutive year, Steadman won the shooting accuracy competition at All-Star weekend in Pittsburgh, in front of a packed house full of her home-town friends and family. 

In only eight games Kelley scored ten points on her team's way to the Isobel Cup.

#3 - Harrison Browne, Buffalo Beauts

Harrison Browne was the NWHL's biggest story this season, as he became the first openly transgender professional athlete in North America.

The news was announced just before opening weekend, and an opening game that neither Harrison or anyone else in attendance will forget. Harrison scored his first goal of the season, and heard his proper name and pronoun announced for the first time.

Harrison's story has inspired so many, and continues to do so.

#2 - Hilary Knight, Boston Pride

Well, we knew we were going to see #21 on this list somewhere and here she is at #2.

Hilary Knight, the face of US Women's hockey for years, has continued to awe Boston fans this season. And even though she missed a significant part of the year with an injury, she came back with her signature grit and immense talent.

Most recently, she scored the game-winning goal for Team USA in the World Championship in overtime against Team Canada in the final, a shot heard and seen around the hockey world.

#1 - Amanda Kessel, New York Riveters

Finally at #1, we have the #BestKessel Amanda Kessel.

TV commentators like to compare Amanda to her brother (I forget his name), but when it comes down to it she's on a level of her own.

Kessel recorded a point in every game she played this season with the New York Riveters, and in eight regular season games she recorded 18 points (4-G, 14-A). That's 2.25 points per game for those without a calculator handy. 

The All-Star captain also recorded a hat-trick at the All-Star game in Pittsburgh, earning her MVP honors for the weekend.