Two members of the University of Maine’s women’s ice hockey team were selected this week in the National Women’s Hockey League draft.
Top defenders Anna Zikova and Daria Tereskina were among the 30 players selected from the league’s six teams during the five-round draft of college graduates from the United States and Canada.
Zikova was voted number 14 in the overall ranking of Buffalo Beauts in the third round.
A native of Cesky Tesin in the Czech Republic joins goalkeeper Carly Jackson as Buffalo’s youngest Black Bears.
Number 3 in the 2020 draft overall selection, Jackson finished her Buffalo rookie year with 3.59 goals against average and a .909 save percentage and was a finalist for the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards .
Zikova, 23, ended her UMaine career with six goals and 19 assists in 63 games.
Zikova is also a four-time member of the Czech women’s national team. During her time in the pipeline of her national team, she won a bronze medal at the U18 level and a gold medal at the 2015 Division 1A Women’s World Championships, and was named one of the top three players at the 2016 Women’s World Junior Championships.
Tereshkina was a fifth round pick of the Toronto Six and became the first Russian-born player to be drafted into the NWHL as No. 28 overall.
The native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, has 10 goals and 19 assists in 110 games over four seasons at UMaine.
Tereshkina also made three appearances at the U18 Women’s World Cup and helped Russia win the bronze medal in 2014/15. After her second season at UMaine, she was added to her country’s list for the Women’s World Cup.
âDasha is the type of player who makes the game and everyone’s day better. Her energy is uninterrupted and she is the ultimate team-first player, âsaid UMaine head coach Richard Reichenbach. âIt shines at both ends in front of the network and is physically present. She also has the ability to see the ice and play games. “
UMaine finished the 2020/21 season on an 8-9-1 record and made it to the Hockey East semifinals despite playing all of his games on the road.
Founded in 2015, the NWHL was the first professional women’s ice hockey league in North America to pay its players. The league consists of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and the Toronto Six.
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