Maddie Elia named NWHL Most Valuable Player

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The Buffalo Beauts took home top honors in the National Women’s Hockey League.

Forward Maddie Elia was named the league’s Most Valuable Player while netminder Shannon Szabados took home Goaltender of the Year honors and Blake Bolden Defender of the Year, the league announced on Monday.

Elia led the NWHL with 12 goals and tied for second with 19 points in 16 games.  The Lewiston native also finished second in the league with 181 faceoff wins.

Szabados, who was one of the big name free agent signings in the offseason, led all netminders with 1.49 goals against average.  She went 6-3-1 this season, which included two shutout victories.

Bolden was one of the top blueliners in the league, posting 13 points this season. She also tallied the third most blocked shots in the league with 11.

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