Boston Inks Clarkson D Taylor Turnquist, as Pride Goes 6-For-6 in Signing 2020 NWHL Draft Picks
BOSTON - Taylor Turnquist, who earlier this year completed a standout collegiate career at Clarkson University, is now a member of the Boston Pride. The signing of Turnquist, a member of Clarkson's NCAA championship teams in 2017 and 2018, means that the Pride have now signed all six of their selections in the 2020 NWHL Draft.
"Our staff is thrilled with the addition of Taylor," said Boston general manager Karilyn Pilch. "She is a shut-down defender who will add to our defensive execution. Her experience in winning multiple NCAA national championships will be welcomed by our team, which is eager to bring an Isobel Cup back to Boston. "
Turnquist played 158 games for Clarkson over her four years at the school and had eight goals and 32 assists for 40 points. The Golden Knights won NCAA championships in her freshman and sophomore seasons. Last season, the 5-8 defender showed her versatility by playing some games at forward when injuries impacted Clarkson's lineup. Turnquist, a Minnesota native, was also one of the team's assistant captains.
"Not only is Taylor a great hockey player, but she is an even better person that works extremely hard," said Clarkson head coach Matt Desrosiers. "As a hockey player, Taylor is extremely versatile. She can play defense or forward, and in any type of game situation you need her in. She is willing to play any role in order to help her team win and be successful. Taylor was a key contributor to our success at Clarkson both on and off the ice, and no doubt will make a great team like the Boston Pride even better."
Turnquist's signing completes a significant accomplishment for the Boston Pride organization. In April, the team made six selections in the 2020 NWHL Draft - Sammy Davis (Boston University), Tereza Vanisova, Taylor Wenczkowski and Meghara McManus (New Hampshire), Turnquist, and Paige Capistran (Northeastern) - and has signed all of them.
"Signing all six of our draft picks speaks volumes of our organization, coaches, and veteran players, as these elite, talented, and committed rookies are choosing to become members of the Pack," said Pilch. "The Boston Pride have one goal - and one goal only - for this upcoming season, and each of our draft picks and veteran players are hungrier than ever to make it happen."
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