PEI-Raised Defender Sarah Steele Returns to Canada, Joins the NWHL's Toronto Six
TORONTO - Sarah Steele, a defender from Prince Edward Island who won a gold medal with Team Canada at the IIHF U-18 World Championship in 2013, is coming back to play hockey in Canada for the first time in more than seven years. After a strong collegiate career at Boston University and three years in Europe, Steele has signed a contract to play the first-ever season of the Toronto Six of the National Women's Hockey League.
"Having spent most of my career in the States and overseas, it means the world to me to be able to play at the professional level on home soil," said Steele. "I'm thrilled to be joining the players, staff and supporters of the NWHL in their contributions to the growth of women's hockey."
Steele, now 25, never missed a game in four years on the blue line for Boston University, playing 151 games between 2013-2017. She earned section to the Hockey East All-Academic Team in 2016 and 2017.
"Sarah was a very solid blue liner who made an impact at Boston University each of her four years," said BU head coach Brian Durocher. "I am confident that fans of the Toronto Six will recognize her strong skating ability and fast hands. I am certain that she will be an asset on the ice and more importantly throughout the community."
Last season, the 5-foot-6 defender played for KMH Budapest of the EWHL and was fifth on the team in scoring, with 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 18 games. She previously played in the league for EHV Sabres Vienna. In the 2018-19 Swiss Women's Cup with Neuchatel Hockey Academy of the SWHL, Steele was 5-4-9 in just four games.
"Sarah is a strong and experienced pro defender who also has the skills to create offense," said Toronto GM Mandy Cronin. "We are confident that she's going to be an impact player for the Toronto Six."
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