Michela Cava is returning to Canada after four international seasons. Cava’s signing with the Six was announced on Wednesday morning, making her the fifth free agent to sign with the Premier Hockey Federation for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
“First of all, I’m really excited to sign a deal with the Six and be back in Canada for the first time in two years and be close to family and friends,” said Cava, who has played in the SDHL for four seasons.
Hailing from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Cava played Division I hockey for the University of Connecticut for two years before moving to the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Cava’s best season came in her senior year at UMD, where she scored 38 points (19 G, 19 A) in 37 games.
The veteran striker had a brief stint with the Toronto Furies in 2016-17, where she played 24 games, scoring six goals and eight assists. She took her talent to Sweden for the 2017/18 season and played two seasons for MODO Hockey, where she continued her unerring habits. Cava played for Brynäs IF in 2019-20 and then for Luleå HF in 2020-21, where she recorded her highest-scoring season in the SDHL with 66 points (29 G, 37 A) in 36 games.
During her two seasons in Connecticut, Cava played in front of current T6 goalkeeper Elaine Chuli.
Cava is the twentieth player to sign with the Six in 2021-22 and the eighteenth Canadian player to sign with the team.
“There are a lot of things I’m looking forward to next season, but most of all, I’m excited to play at home in Canada,” said Cava in the T6 press release.
Cava joins a group of strikers that includes returning players like Captain Shiann Darkangelo, league MVP Mikyla Grant-Mentis, as well as Emma Woods and Brooke Boquist. Cava could go anywhere on the line-up, but we should expect her to be one of the top six. Her offensive game has grown by leaps and bounds since playing hockey in North America.
Cava has played as a center for most of her career. According to the SDHL site, she won 61.64 percent of her faceoffs in 2021-22 – the sixth highest percentage in the league. She is a fast player with a shot on goal that makes her incredibly dangerous in front of the net and in power play. Toronto charged itself with offensive talent in the 2021/22 season and there may be no bigger signing than the former SDHL star.
The idea that Cava might have a line with Mikyla Grant-Mentis centered on it should keep Toronto fans very excited and other team defenders very concerned.