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Forfar inks first professional contract in CWHL

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO - Ailish Forfar, former captain of the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team, has signed her first professional contract, joining the Markham Thunder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL).

Markham announced the pre-draft signing on August 21, 2018. Forfar was set to enter the CWHL Draft on August 26 but was signed by the Thunder before the draft began.

“The decision to continue my career with the Markham Thunder in the CWHL is something I have dreamed about for quite a while,” says Forfar. “I’m excited to continue to grow as a hockey player and a role model for young girls who dream of playing university and professional hockey in Canada.”

The reigning CWHL champions, Markham capped off a successful 2017-18 season with a 2-1 victory over the Kunlun Red Star in the Clarkson Cup Final on March 25, 2018. Among the victorious Thunder roster were two Ryerson Rams alumni, Melissa Wronzberg and Jessica Hartwick, whose retirements were recently announced by the team.

Forfar played two seasons for the Rams, earning the captaincy in 2017 to close out her five-year university hockey career. An OUA First-Team All-Star and a U SPORTS Second-Team All-Canadian in her final season, Forfar broke the program record for the most points and goals in a single season after tallying 11 goals and 23 points in 21 games. She was awarded the prestigious OUA and U SPORTS Marion Hilliard Award for Academic and Community Excellence in 2018, as well as Ryerson’s G. L. Dobson Trophy for Contributions to Athletics, Campus & Community Life.

“Ryerson has been an incredible stepping stone in preparing me to play hockey at the highest level,” says Forfar. “I thank my coaching staff and my teammates for pushing me to excel as an athlete on and off the ice.  This upcoming season I will be proud to represent Ryerson as an alumni of our great program and hope to see some of the Ramily out in Markham!"

Thunder head coach Jim Jackson had this to say about Forfar’s skills: “She brings a leadership quality with her from her USports playing time with Ryerson, as well as in the NCAA with Dartmouth. Ailish is a team player and community focused individual.”

The CWHL will release their regular season schedule in the coming weeks. For now, you can keep up with Forfar’s journey with the Thunder by following them on Twitter, @ThunderCWHL.

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