After more than 2,300 fans made their voices heard, the ballots have been tabulated and the results are in: the two players chosen by the fans to participate in the 2019 NWHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville are Emily Fluke of the Connecticut Whale and Audra Richards of the Metropolitan Riveters.
In a league filled with deserving candidates – and with more than 40 players receiving multiple votes – the fans of the NWHL certainly selected two strong players and role models. Both Fluke and Richards have inspiring stories in their rise to first-time NWHL All-Stars.
Fluke was an AHCA First Team All-American from Middlebury College before joining the NWHL last year and impressing her coaches and teammates with her skilled and diligent play. As a result, she was named captain of the Whale this season. A very accessible and popular player with fans at games and community events who is passionately supportive of her team and the NWHL on social media, Fluke has a goal and two assists this season for the Whale.
Richards has triumphantly returned to the game after an outstanding collegiate career at Maine, where she led the team in goals as a sophomore and senior. The rookie Riveter was named the NWHL VEDA Player of the Week at the end of November when she scored three goals in a win over Connecticut. For the season, Richards has six of her team’s 14 goals.
Reaction from the Fans’ Selections for the 2019 NWHL All-Star Weekend
“I can’t say it enough – how lucky I am to still be playing and to play in such an incredible league as the NWHL with such amazing fans. We really do have the most dedicated fans and it means the world that you picked me. To everyone who voted: thank you so much! This is a huge honor.
I am counting down the days until Nashville”!
“The NWHL All-Star Weekend in Minnesota last year was actually when I decided I wanted to play competitive hockey again, and now I find myself living in New Jersey and playing for the Riveters and invited to the All-Star game, so it has been a full circle. I want to say thank you to everyone who voted for me. The fans are one of the biggest parts of making the NWHL successful, and without you we wouldn’t have this league. I’m extremely happy and honored to be one of the fan picks, but I definitely couldn’t have been a contender if it weren’t for my team. I have to say thank you to them for helping me have a successful first half of the season. It is pretty special to be a part of the NWHL. Thank you so much”!