After completing the regular season with the Buffalo Beauts in Amherst, New York, Toronto NWHL announced on Monday morning the signing of forward Mikyla Grant-Mentis.
Mentis-21-years-old, is a veteran member of the Merrimack Warriors where she became the school’s all time scorer while leading the program in points (117) and assists (61). The damage was done through a span of four years where the native of Brampton was second in goals (56).
Displaying just how much she could do, the left-handed shooter then signed her first contract with the Buffalo Beauts in the NWHL. At that point, she took part in four games while hitting the ice for the Isobel Cup Playoffs.
Her GM last season was Mandy Cronin who was hired last Monday to join the team in Toronto. With that being said, Grant-Mentis returns to her hometown and becomes the ninth player to sign on with the expansion team. As well, she reunites with Kelly Babstock who she played with last season in Western New York.
Speaking of her thrill to go pro with the league’s sixth team on home ice in Toronto, Grant-Mentis said in a statement on Monday, “I am excited and proud to play the first full season of professional hockey career in my home and native land. I would like to express my gratitude for this opportunity to join the first NWHL team in Canada. I’m looking forward to demonstrating my skills and positive attitude on and off the ice. I hope the values I bring to the team will inspire young Canadian girls to follow their dreams. The Toronto fans are known for their loyalty and support, and I hope to grow in their hearts this coming season.”
Completing her senior year in Hockey East, Grant-Mentis led the Warriors with 20 goals and 33 points in 33 games played. In doing so, her goal total tied for second in the league in top 10 in Division I. Putting her name in the NCAA record books, Grant-Mentis was also recognized by the conference itself with Second Team All-Star honours.
Known as offensively gifted, Grant-Mentis had primary points on 54 percent of Merrimack’s total offence this season. With a strong all-around game, the Merrimack veteran was also second among Warriors forwards in shots blocked with 39.
Reflecting on her tenure in Buffalo, the Canadian debuted and perhaps in grand style as the forward quickly made herself known after having been signed at the conclusion of February. As such, for what she brought to the Beauts, Grant-Mentis was presented with Veda Player of the Week honours. That was only her starting point as Grant-Mentis scored a goal and an assist in a postseason loss to the Connecticut Whale.
Before Grant-Mentis signed with the Warriors, she had been playing with teams closer to home in the PWHL with Mississauga and Toronto. Jumping at the new opportunity, Grant-Mentis joins a team full of forwards, becoming the sixth to join the list for next season. Currently, the pack is comprised of Shiann Darkangelo, Sarah-Eve Coutu Godbout, Kelly Babstock, Taylor Woods and centreman Brooke Boquist.
In a statement from Mandy Cronin, the general manager of Toronto’s expansion team, she said with regards to the newest addition, “Mikyla is a dynamic player, able to adjust on the fly to different styles of play. With her natural, highlight-goal-scoring ability, she’s going to be a big hit with Toronto fans.”