Gigi Marvin of the Boston Pride, Harrison Browne of the Buffalo Beauts, and Madison Packer and Rebecca Russo of the New York Riveters have been selected by the fans to participate in the NWHL's 2017 All-Star Weekend in Pittsburgh on Feb. 11-12.
More than 20,000 votes were placed by fans during the two-week balloting process that concluded today at 10:00 am EST, with several players receiving strong consideration. Among those players were Brianna Decker, Alex Carpenter and Alyssa Gagliardi of the Pride; Corinne Buie, Shiann Darkangelo and Amanda Levielle of the Beauts; Kelly Babstock and Haley Skarupa of the Connecticut Whale; and Ashley Johnston, Bray Ketchum and Tatiana Rafter of the Riveters.
The 2017 NWHL Skills Showdown will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4:00 pm, and the NWHL All-Star Game will begin at 3:00 pm on Sunday, Feb. 12. Both events will be at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the state-of-the-art practice facility of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The selection process continues this week with a pair of selections by NWHL reporters. After the media picks are in, All-Star captains Amanda Kessel and Kelley Steadman will meet next week to select eight players each and begin to build their team rosters via a draft. The final four All-Star choices will be made by the league's four head coaches. Complete rosters will be announced during the week of Jan. 9. Each team will have two goaltenders, four defenders and eight forwards.
Tickets for the 2017 NWHL All-Star Game and the NWHL All-Star Skills Showdown are on sale now at nwhl.zone/tickets.