Orono, ME – In honor of 25 years of the program’s history, UMaine Athletics is highlighting the ten top moments of Maine women’s ice hockey over the past 25 years.
A top moment for women’s ice hockey during the 2018-19 season is that four players were sent to the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), now known as The Premier Hockey Federation (PHF).
Cailey Hutchison ’19 signed a professional contract with the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League (PHF). Hutchison, a Hicksville, New York native, was drafted by the Riveters 21st overall in the 2019 NWHL Draft in December. Hutchison finished her Black Bears career with 127 games played and 20 points, and was an assistant captain for Maine in the 2018-19 season.
Former Black Bear goaltender and captain Amanda Cronin ’02 was announced as the new General Manager for the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League (PHF). Cronin played between the pipes for the Black Bears between 1998 to 2002, and captained the team her junior and senior year. Following her graduation from Maine, Cronin worked with USA Hockey as a goalie coach and evaluator at national camps earning her a Level 4 certification—the highest coaching level in the sport. She represented USA Hockey at the IIHF High Performance and Development Camp in Finland in 2012.
Mariah Fujimagari 17 signed a professional contract with the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League (PHF). Fuhimagari played last season in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League with the Worcester Blades. She finished her Black Bear career with 34 games played, 592 total saves, and was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week after setting a career high of 44 saves against Mercyhurst during the 2013-14 season.
The last Black Bear to sign in 2018-19 was Brooke Stacey. Stacey ’18 also signed with the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League (PHF). Stacey had an impressive career as a Black Bear finishing with 37 goals and 39 assists for 76 points. Before Maine, Stacey won gold with U18 Team Canada at Nationals.