Ohio State Women’s Hockey Has Eight Players Selected, Most of Any School, in 2024 PWHL Draft

By Dan Hope on June 10, 2024 at 11:25 pm
Hannah Bilka
Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

The talent of Ohio State’s 2023-24 national championship-winning women’s hockey team was on full display in Monday night’s PWHL draft.

Ohio State players accounted for eight of the draft’s 42 total picks. No other team produced more than five picks (Colgate) in this year’s Professional Women’s Hockey League draft, the second draft in the league’s history.

Ohio State produced two of the top five picks in the 2024 draft as Boston selected forward Hannah Bilka with the No. 4 overall pick and Montreal chose defenseman Cayla Barnes with the No. 5 pick.

Jenn Gardiner was the third Buckeye off the board as Montreal selected her with the No. 11 overall pick in the second round.

Three Buckeyes were selected in the fourth round. New York selected forward Gabby Rosenthal with the No. 19 overall pick, Ottawa drafted defenseman Stephanie Markowski with the No. 20 pick and Toronto closed out Round 4 by selecting defenseman Lauren Bernard at No. 24 overall.

Two more Buckeyes were selected in the draft’s final three picks. Boston selected Hadley Hartmetz with the No. 40 overall selection while Toronto drafted goaltender Raygan Kirk, the  Most Outstanding Player of Ohio State’s Frozen Four win, with the No. 42 pick to conclude the draft’s seventh and final round.

Those eight Buckeyes join eight other former Ohio State players who played in the PWHL‘s inaugural season. Sophie Jaques, Liz Schepers and Clair DeGeorge were all part of the Minnesota team that won the league’s inaugural Walter Cup in May. Other former Buckeyes in the league include Madison Bizal (Montreal), Paetyn Levis (New York), Emma Maltais (Toronto), Natalie Spooner (Toronto) and Jincy Roese (Ottawa).

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