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Women’s Ice Hockey Alumna Grant-Mentis Sweeps NWHL Awards

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Former Merrimack women’s ice hockey captain Mikyla Grant-Mentis was honored with four National Women’s Hockey League end of year awards, as announced by the league on Wednesday.

Grant-Mentis competed in her first full professional season with the Toronto Six, and became the first player in a single NWHL season to earn four different awards in a single season. The 2020 graduate was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and Newcomer of the Year, was Toronto’s Foundation Award recipient and was one of the Fans’ Three Stars of the Season honorees.

“It means a lot, honestly, everyone else that was nominated for this award was amazing and the talent throughout the season was awesome,” Grant-Mentis said in a league release. “To get this award means so much. I owe it all to my teammates and my coaches. I couldn’t be here without them.”

The Brampton, Ont., native led the Six to a regular-season title scoring a league-high five goals in six games while tying for the NWHL lead during Lake Placid competition with nine points. The Merrimack College all-time leader in points added a goal and an assist in the Isobel Cup semifinals to bring her 2021 total to 11 points over seven performances in her first full NWHL campaign.

The league’s Foundation Award is given to players in the league who “are actively applying the core values of hockey to their community as well as growing and improving hockey culture.” Grant-Mentis continued with community outreach for disadvantaged families in the Greater Toronto Area. She is the first Black player in league history to win Most Valuable Player and Newcomer of the Year.

While at Merrimack, Grant-Mentis was a New England Hockey Writers Association Division I All-Star and Hockey East All-Second Team member as a senior. Ending her career with 56 goals, 61 assists for 117 points in 137 games, Grant-Mentis holds the program record for points and assists, and is second all-time in goals. She was a four-time Hockey East All-Academic Team honoree and a Hockey East Distinguished Scholar, graduating as a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

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