Mikyla Grant-Mentis Cleans Up At The NWHL Awards

 Mikyla Grant-Mentis Cleans Up At The NWHL Awards

For the first time in its six-year existence, the NWHL hosted an end-of-year awards show on Twitch’s partner platform. The NWHL show featured five media award categories, two categories voted on by the league, and Fans Three Stars.

Merrimack alumna Mikyla Grant-Mentis racked up awards in each category, including Newcomer of the Year and Most Valuable Player. This season Grant-Mentis competed in her first full year in the NWHL – albeit a condensed one due to coronavirus. She led the Toronto Six in goals (6) and tied Lindsay Eastwood for most T6 assists (5). 

The Brampton, Ontario native Grant-Mentis made her pro debut last season with the Buffalo Beauts. After her college career ended, she hit the ice for the final two home games and the 2020 Isobel Cup Playoffs. In four games total, she tallied three goals and two assists.

With her MVP win on Wednesday night, Grant-Mentis is the first Black player in the NWHL to win MVP and only the second Black player ever to receive an end-of-season honor. Blake Bolden won the 2018-19 Defender of the Year Award.

“It means a lot, honestly, everyone else that was nominated for this award was amazing, and the talent throughout the season was awesome,” said Grant-Mentis as her family cheered in the background during the live event streamed on Twitch.

The NWHL is in year two of a three-year deal with the streaming service. The league announced Twitch broadcasts reached over 2 million viewers and generated a 260% increase year-over-year between the regular season in Lake Placid, NY and the Isobel Cup Playoffs hosted at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston. NBC Sports Network streamed the 2021 Isobel Cup with an average audience of over 100,000 per game.

Below is a complete list of Award Recipients

Most Valuable Player:

Winner: Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Toronto Six)

Runner up: Christina Putigna (Boston Pride)

Defender of the Year:

Winner: Kaleigh Fratkin (Boston Pride)

Runner up: Shannon Doyle (Connecticut Whale)

Goaltender of the Year:

Winner: Amanda Leveille (Minnesota Whitecaps)

Runner up: Elaine Chuli (Toronto Six)

Newcomer of the Year:

Winner: Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Toronto Six)

Runner up: Carly Jackson (Buffalo Beauts)

Denna Laing Award:

Winner: Saroya Tinker (Metropolitan Riveters)

Runner up: Brooke Stacey (Buffalo Beauts)

Foundation Awards:

Boston Pride: Mallory Souliotis

Buffalo Beauts: Carly Jackson

Connecticut Whale: Grace Klienbach

Metropolitan Riveters: Saroya Tinker

Minnesota Whitecaps: Amanda Leveille

Toronto Six: Mikyla Grant-Mentis

Fans Three Stars:

Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Toronto Six)

Carly Jackson (Buffalo Beauts)

Mallory Souliotis (Boston Pride)