PWHL: Alexa Vasko signs a one-year deal with PWHL Ottawa

Alexa Vasko
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PWHL Ottawa made another move by signing free agent forward Alexa Vasko to a one-year contract. Vasko played 24 games for PWHL Toronto this past season.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to be a part of PWHL Ottawa,” says Vasko. “I’m looking forward to working with such a great organization along with some of the best fans in the league. I can’t wait to get started!” 

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Alexa Vasko began her hockey career at Mercyhurst University, where she played five seasons. Her time with the Lakers showcased her growth as a player and leader, ultimately earning her the captaincy in her junior year. Here is a breakdown of her collegiate statistics:

  • 2017-18: Vasko played 37 games, scoring 1 goal and 10 assists, totalling 11 points with a +7 rating.
  • 2018-19: She significantly improved, netting 12 goals and adding 6 assists in 33 games for 18 points, albeit with a -4 rating.
  • 2019-20: As captain, Vasko’s performance peaked with 10 goals and 17 assists, totaling 27 points in 34 games, earning a +9 rating.
  • 2020-21: In a shortened season, she scored 5 goals and 9 assists in 18 games, for a total of 14 points and a +6 rating.
  • 2021-22: She concluded her NCAA career with 10 goals and 9 assists in 34 games, totalling 19 points with a +11 rating.

After her successful collegiate career, Vasko transitioned to the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA), where she played for Team Sonnet during the 2022-23 season. In her 20 games with the team, she scored 4 goals and added 1 assist.

Vasko’s professional journey continued with PWHL Toronto during the 2023-24 season after being drafted in the 14th round of the inaugural PWHL draft. Over 24 regular-season games, she scored 2 goals and led the team with a 52.5% face-off percentage.

“We are adding a young player who is really strong in the face-off circle. Alexa blocks shots, she is a quick skater, and she is a responsible defensive player who shines when her team is shorthanded,” says PWHL Ottawa General Manager Mike Hirshfeld. 

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With Vasko joining the ranks, Ottawa’s coaching staff and fans can expect a player who brings a balance of skill, leadership, and a solid work ethic. Her journey through the NCAA and professional ranks demonstrates her dedication and potential to be a game-changer for Ottawa. The 25-year-old will be a notable presence within the team’s bottom 6 forward group and penalty kill.

Elisha Côté

Elisha Côté is a Media Production and Design student at Carleton University and a passionate sports fan. She covers PWHL Ottawa.

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