Toronto Furies Select Rebecca Johnston with First Pick
The Toronto Furies announced Tuesday they selected forward Rebecca Johnston with the second overall selection in the 2012 CWHL Draft. In the Draft’s second round, the Furies took forward Natalie Spooner, followed by forward Jennifer Wakefield in the third round. Rounding out the top five picks for the Furies were forwards Catherine White and Jordanna Peroff.
Johnston, a 5’7” native of Sudbury, ON is currently a member of Team Canada and was a standout forward at Cornell University of the ECAC . In her time at Cornell, Johnston tallied 188 points with 97 goals and 91 assists. In her four years with the Big Red, she also accumulated a +/- rating of +101. Johnston took the 2009-2010 season off from Cornell as she was centralized and competed with the Canadian National Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Johnson earned six points (1g, 5a) in the five games (including the Gold Medal game) she competed with Team Canada. Johnston finished her career with Cornell as a three-time Patty Kazmaier top 10 finalist as well as earning First Team All-American honors, consecutive First Team All-ECAC honors and countless other awards and accomplishments. On selecting Johnston with their first pick, General Manager Rebecca Davies stated, “The Toronto Furies are excited to welcome Rebecca Johnston to our organization. We feel with her experience and speed that she will be a great asset to furthering the strength and development of our team."
Spooner, 5’10’’, hails from Scarborough, ON and joins Furies teammate Tessa Bonhomme in being an Ohio State alum. While playing as a Buckeye, Spooner set the records for: goals in a single season, career goals, game-winning goals, career goals v. WCHA opponents, in addition to earning All-America team honors. While currently in the Canadian National program, Spooner has also competed for Team Canada with the u-22 and u-18 teams.
Wakefield, 5’9”, is a forward from Pickering, ON who split her NCAA career between Hockey East’s University of New Hampshire and Boston University. Wakefield was a Patty Kazmaier nominee in 2011 and named Hockey East Scoring champion for the 2011-2012 season. Wakefield is also a member of Team Canada’s national program.
The Furies concluded their portion of the Draft by selecting Dania Simmonds, Steph Gastman, Karolina Urban, Claire McKimm, Sarah Long and Shelby Balendine.