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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.— Merrimack women’s ice hockey’s alumnae Samantha Ridgewell signed a professional contract with Toronto of the National Women’s Hockey League as announced by the league on Monday.
The goaltender and Class of 2019 graduate spent the last season playing in Sweden with Djurgardens IF in the SDHL. Last season, she appeared in 22 games for DIF, holding a 2.03 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. In five playoff games, she held a 2.87 goals against average, taking the team to the playoff semifinals.
Ridgewell was a member of the inaugural 2015-16 team, and was stellar in goal during her Merrimack career. As a senior, she appeared in 33 games, making 32 starts, where she posted a 1.89 GAA and a conference-leading .936 save percentage. The Outlook, Saskatchewan native earned a Hockey East Second-Team All-Star for her work during the year, and was the runner-up for Goaltender of the Year.
She will join former teammate Mikyla Grant-Mentis as a member of the newest NWHL franchise in Toronto, which became the league’s sixth franchise on April 22, 2020. Fellow 2019 graduate and Djurgardens teammate Dominique Kremer will also compete next season in the NWHL, playing for the Buffalo Beauts.