Lady Ducks Product Johnson Leaves Mark On NCAA, NWHL Next

Much is made, and rightfully so, of players like Auston Matthews and Todd Burgess coming out of Arizona and moving on to the NHL and NCAA ranks.

Chandler native Kaliya Johnson is certainly doing her part as a high-end women’s player. In the spring, she graduated from Boston College after four seasons with the Hockey East powerhouse and recently became the first Arizonian signed so far to play in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) as she inked with the Connecticut Whale.

“My biggest thing is that I want to be a positive role model for younger players,” said Johnson. “Being the first person to sign from Arizona, I am put in a unique situation where I can show younger girls that you achieve your goals with hard work and dedication. I was looking to continue to my career in hockey and coaches at BC suggested that I reach out to some teams in the NWHL. It’s an incredible honor to play in this league and I happy everything worked out.

“I am not really sure what to expect this year. I just want to enjoy the experience and have fun playing professional hockey.”

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