Buffalo Signs U Sports Champion and 14th Overall NWHL Draft Pick Autumn MacDougall
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 17, 2020
BUFFALO – Selected by Buffalo with the 14th overall pick in the 2020 NWHL Draft, Autumn MacDougall today signed a contract to play the upcoming season with the Beauts. The Nova Scotia earlier this year completed an outstanding U Sports career at the University of Alberta, where the 5-1 forward had 57 goals and 67 assists for 125 points in 139 games.
MacDougall is a two-time Canada West Champion award winner in 2019 and 2020, and won the U Sports National Championship with the Pandas in 2017. She was often clutch in her collegiate career; MacDougall set the Pandas program records with 24 power play goals and 18 game-winning goals.
"I'm super excited that I have been given the opportunity to play in the NWHL, especially with such a great organization as the Buffalo Beauts," said MacDougall. “I'm itching to get to Buffalo and to get the season started!"
MacDougall was the school’s leading scorer in the 2017-18 and 2019-20 seasons and was one of the top-three scorers in U Sports in each of her final three seasons.
"This will be an incredible opportunity for Autumn to continue her playing career, and raise the level of her game at the professional level,” said U of A head coach Howie Draper. “She is a talented offensive weapon who excels at creating chances for herself and her teammates in the offensive zone. She has quick feet and great puck handling skills that will translate well to the NWHL level."
"Autumn is a winner," said Buffalo head coach Pete Perram. "She comes from a winning program, and was coached by one of the best in Howie Draper. She knows where the net is and has an intense passion for the game."
Photo credit: University of Alberta