NWHL Reveals Top 10 Best-Selling Jerseys

Once the NWHL revealed that fans could support their favorite players directly through jersey sales, with 15% of the proceeds of each replica jersey going to the player whose name was on the back, fans immediately wanted to know which jerseys were the most popular and how many people had bought said jersey.

The NWHL decided to answer the cries for knowledge with a Twitter countdown.

The jersey-winners turned out to be an interesting combination of standout skill players and those who have successfully leveraged social media in their favor, with a large hat tip going to the Riveters, who have the most remarked-upon jersey in the league.

Per a representative of the league, the league doesn’t have a firm count on order numbers as they change day-by-day, but the New York Riveters as a whole have sold the most jerseys, likely in part due to their standings in The Hockey News as the 21st best jersey of all-time.

The majority of purchases have been from within the U.S. itself, and the league is working through a backlog of orders due to more being purchased than anticipated.

While replica jerseys are currently only available online, the league hopes to sell them at games in the future, though they would not be customizable.


10: Sam Faber and Megan Bozek, the Connecticut Whale and Buffalo Beauts

Tied for tenth place are Connecticut Whale forward Sam Faber and Buffalo Beauts defenseman Megan Bozek, who have each sold 12 jerseys.

Faber is a UNH grad who is part of the Long, Dark and Faberlous line on the Whale, comprised of Faber, Micaela Long and Shiann Darkangelo. Faber has one point to her name and a .33 shooting percentage that she’s racked up over three games.

Bozek, a U.S. Women’s National Team defenseman, anchors the blue line for the Beauts alongside U.S. Olympic Team captain Meghan Duggan. Bozek won a silver medal alongside Duggan in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, and currently has one assist and 15 shots on goal over three NWHL games. She will represent the NWHL and the U.S. at the Four Nations Cup in Sweden this week and next.


9: Kelsie Fralick, Boston Pride

Fralick, the Pride’s third goaltender, might be a surprise to some on the list, notching 14 jerseys sold.

Fralick has only gotten one game with the Pride under her belt, during which she was on the ice for only one period (20 minutes) and yet somehow managed to stop all 21 shots aimed at her. Though it will certainly come down to reasonable levels as she gets more ice time, Fralick has a .100 save percentage for the season at the moment.


8: Janine Weber, New York Riveters

Weber was the first player to sign with the NWHL, and was also the first former CWHLer to sign with the league. Her status as first to sign has sold 15 jerseys so far.

Since the season began, Weber has proven herself an offensive force who get some momentum going for the Riveters. She does a lot of little things well, and though she hasn’t earned any points for New York yet, she has prevented a lot of pucks from going the wrong way.


7: Ashley Johnston, New York Riveters

Johnston, the Riveters’ top defenseman who frequently eats up 30+ minutes a game on a team with only four dedicated defenders, took the number five spot in the NWHL’s jersey lineup. 16 people currently sport Johnston’s name and number on their back.

She earned her first goal in the Riveters’ most recent game against Connecticut with a strong shot from the point and earned a shoutout from John Buccigross for her “velvet celly.”


6: Gabie Figueroa and Kelli Stack, New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale

Figueroa, oftentimes Johnston’s partner on defense for the Riveters, is a hometown girl for many New York fans, and she has sold 17 to prove it. Hailing from the state of New Jersey, Figueroa earned her first goal against the Boston Pride, potting one of the three shots that have managed to make it past Brittany Ott, first-string netminder for Boston. She currently has two points in three games.

Stack, an Olympic medalist and the only 2014 Olympic Team player on the Connecticut Whale, is tied with assistant captain Kaleigh Fratkin for top points-producer on the Whale, as she is tied with Figueroa at 17 jerseys. She has five points (1g, 4a) in three games and one game-winning goal to her name out of her 16 shots on net.


5: Brianne McLaughlin, Buffalo Beauts

McLaughlin might not have won a game just yet behind the Beauts, but she’s playing a stronger game each time she steps on the ice. A National Team goaltender, McLaughlin is one of the strongest goaltenders in the league, currently playing behind a team that is missing five of its Canadian players to VISA issues.

She has played all three games in net for the Beauts, posting a 0.896 save percentage against Boston, Connecticut, and then Boston again, the two top teams in the NWHL. McLaughlin has made 121 saves out of 135 shots total and will continue to tighten up her game as the team in front of her coalesces. In the meantime, the 18 people who sport no. 29 on their back can be proud.


4: Chelsea Laden, Connecticut Whale

Laden has one full game to her name with the Whale, during which she sat in goal for a full 60 minutes, posting a 0.964 save percentage on 56 shots on goal, and letting in only two. Having come from Quinnipiac University just up the road from her home now at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford, it’s easy for local fans to continue to root for Laden, who was a fan favorite at QU for her athletic style of play.

Laden’s jersey has been sold to 28 people thus far, and growing.


3: Jenny Scrivens, New York Riveters

Scrivens wears no. 30, and 30 people currently own her jersey.

Though Scrivens has yet to play a minute for the Riveters during the regular season (she strapped on the old goalie pads for a preseason game against the FDNY), she won fans over early through her strong social media presence and dedication to the league. Scrivens also serves as one of the NWHL’s communications and PR people.


2: Hilary Knight, Boston Pride

It is no surprise that Knight is one of the top two jersey-movers in the league. She is known around North America as one of the biggest names in women’s hockey as she is constantly promoting women’s hockey across various platforms. That doesn’t take into account how strong she is as a player; Knight has made appearances in two Olympics thus far: 2010 and 2014. She was the youngest player on the 2010 U.S. Women’s Olympic team and in 2014 scored her team’s first goal of the tournament, winning a place on the media’s All-Star team.

Since joining the NWHL she has earned five points (2g, 3a) for the Boston Pride over all three games, posting a shooting percentage of 0.167, and selling 60 jerseys.


1: Nana Fujimoto, New York Riveters

Fujimoto has been the jersey leader since replica jerseys went on sale in August, currently with 83 sold. She has a large international fanbase, having played for Team Japan in the most recent Olympic Games and has been working to utilize social media in a language not her own since she joined with the NWHL in July.

Through three games, Fujimoto has played 140 minutes and posted a 0.855, facing down 62 shots over seven total periods.

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