Mikyla Grant-Mentis: A Rising NWHL Star

2020-21 NWHL Season; Mikyla Grant-Mentis

Mikyla Grant-Menis, since her NWHL debut last season, has made an impact on the league. This season the 22-year-old leads the league among goals scored and, she shares a tie for most points. Grant-Mentis may be the next NWHL superstar, as she has shown the capability of adjusting to any style of play while on the go and the ability to score highlight-reel goals. She became the ninth player to sign and join the Toronto Six. The franchise entered the league in the 2020-21 season.

A Look at Mikyla Grant-Mentis

Player Profile/NCAA

Mikyla Grant-Mentis was born in Brampton, Ontario and is the age of 22 years-old. The left-handed two-way forward has an incredible hockey IQ who can change the flow of the game. Mikyla played four years of NCAA Hockey with Merrimack College before entering the NWHL in the 2019-20 season. Grant-Mentis currently persists as the all-time leader for Merrimack Warriors in points with 117 and assists with 61. Also, scoring 56 goals with the team ranks her second place for all-time goals scored at Merrimack College. In the 2019-20 season, she accomplished the Hockey East Second Team All-Star honours. Grant-Mentis displayed how good her defensive instincts are by blocking 39 shots, leading all Warriors in the category. Showcasing her offensive skills in the 33 games played, she registered 33 points, scoring 20 goals. An interesting note about that year is she had primary points on 54 percent of the Warriors offence that season. 

 NWHL Career

Buffalo Beauts

Mikyla Grant-Mentis first came to the NWHL in the 2019-20 season. With just two games remaining in the NWHL season, Grant-Menis would sign and join with the Buffalo Beauts. During her short stay with Buffalo, she would score two goals and record one assist for the Beauts final two regular-season games. Her hard work and skill would earn her the Veda NWHL Player of the week honour during her first week playing for the Beauts. In her first NWHL playoff performance, the forward recorded two points. Unfortunately, the Connecticut Whales would eliminate Buffalo in the playoffs.

Toronto Six

In the following 2020-21 season, Grant-Menis would sign a contract with the Toronto Six. The freshly new team was unable to celebrate a victory in the debut and was held scoreless. However, Grant-Mentis generated nine shots on goal. The loss was unfortunate, but the skilled forward displayed her drive to win and no quit. 

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While she averages thirteen minutes of ice time per game, she not only focuses on offence but has top-notch defensive instincts. The 22-year-old won 75 percent of her defensive zone faceoffs and played well in the team’s zone.

In her last game of the season, she scored one goal and two assists helping, Toronto win 6-0. Mikyla has played six games this season, scoring five goals and four assists. She leads the league with five goals, nine points, two game-winning goals and points per game with averaging 1.5.

Looking Forward

Mikyla Grant-Gentis appears to be a highly talented hockey player with a bright future ahead of her, and it will be exciting to watch the player grow. The signing in her home province is nothing but an added sweetener to her career thus far, or does the Isobel Cup come to mind? Her second quest for capturing the championship will start 5 p.m. March 26 as the Six go head-to-head with Boston Pride. Be sure to check out the game and check out Maikyla Grant-Gentis’s display of skill!

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