EDMONTON – Autumn MacDougall has become the first Pandas Hockey player ever drafted by a National Women’s Hockey League franchise, as she was selected with the 14th pick overall pick in the 3rd round by the Buffalo Beauts on Wednesday night in the 2020 NWHL Draft.
MacDougall spent five seasons with the Pandas hockey program, finishing her collegiate career this past March. The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia product recorded 58 goals and 125 points in 139 career Canada West games.
She led Canada West in scoring twice, including putting up 31 points in 28 games this past season.
MacDougall set Pandas program records for powerplay goals (24) and game-winning goals (18), with her 125 points being the 6th most in program history. She is also a two-time Canada West Champion (2019, 2020) and helped the Pandas capture the 2017 U SPORTS National Championship.
"I'm thrilled Autumn has been drafted by Buffalo! This will be an incredible opportunity for her to continue her playing career, and raise the level of her game at the professional level,” said Pandas head coach Howie Draper. “She excels at creating chances for herself and her teammates in the offensive zone. She has quick feet and great puck handling skills that I think will translate well to the NWHL level."
She is also the first ever Canada West graduate to be selected in the NWHL draft.
The NWHL was founded in 2015, originally starting with four franchises. It has expanded to six, which include a new team in Toronto which was brought into the league this summer. The Buffalo Beauts captured the 2017 Isobel Cup as league champions, losing in the league final in 2016, 2018, and 2019.