PWHL: Rebecca Leslie signs a one-year contract with PWHL Ottawa

Rebecca Leslie
(Élisa Ouellet/Inside The Rink)

In an exciting move for PWHL Ottawa, which is their first move since the start of Free Agency, Rebecca Leslie has signed a one-year contract with the team. Leslie, a dynamic forward with a proven track record, brings her talent and experience to Ottawa’s roster, promising to add depth and skill to the team’s offense. As a native of Ottawa, Leslie’s return to her hometown adds an extra layer of excitement to this signing.

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Rebecca Leslie’s Career and Achievements

A standout at Boston University, Leslie amassed 171 points over her collegiate career, demonstrating her scoring and playmaking ability. After college, Leslie continued to shine in professional leagues, including stints with the Calgary Inferno in the now-defunct Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA).
Last season with PWHL Toronto, Leslie played 24 games, scoring two goals and adding seven assists for a total of 9 points. In the playoffs, she contributed 1 goal in 5 games. Her ability to adapt and excel in various competitive environments speaks to her versatility and hockey IQ.

Significance for PWHL Ottawa

Ottawa’s decision to sign Rebecca Leslie is a strategic move aimed at strengthening their offensive lineup after losing Daryl Watts. Leslie’s track record of consistent performance and her ability to elevate her game in critical moments make her a valuable asset. Ottawa, looking to build on their previous season’s performance, sees Leslie as a key piece in their pursuit of success.

“Rebecca is a great skater. She is a 200-foot player. She has this veteran presence and will be a great addition to our locker room. It’s an added bonus that she is from Ottawa. We are excited to bring her home,” says PWHL Ottawa General Manager Mike Hirshfeld. 

PWHL Ottawa

In comparison to Ottawa’s current roster, Leslie’s addition provides a much-needed boost in scoring depth. Potential line combinations featuring Leslie could lead to increased offensive output and more balanced scoring across the team. Leslie’s presence on the power play and in crucial game situations will be particularly impactful.

Reactions from Fans and Leslie

The signing of Rebecca Leslie has also generated excitement among Ottawa’s fan base and within the PWHL community. Fans are eagerly anticipating her debut and the positive impact she will have on Ottawa’s performance.

Leslie herself has also expressed excitement about joining Ottawa and contributing to their success.

“It’s a great honour! I’ll be very proud to play in front of my friends, my family and all the people who have supported me throughout my journey. I loved growing up in Ottawa. I played in the Bell Capital Cup a few times. I even won the tournament with a boys’ team once. Most of all, I have fond memories of spending time on the outdoor rink with my brother. That’s where my dream of playing professionally was born,” says Leslie. 

PWHL Ottawa

Rebecca Leslie’s signing marks a significant step for PWHL Ottawa as they plan their roster for the upcoming season. Leslie joins a roster of 12 players already signed with PWHL Ottawa for the 2024-25 season. The team features forwards Emily Clark, Gabbie Hughes, Brianne Jenner, Hayley Scamurra, Natalie Snodgrass, and Tereza Vanišová, defenders Ashton Bell, Zoe Boyd, Savannah Harmon, Jincy Roese, and Aneta Tejralová, along with goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer. Leslie’s presence is expected to boost Ottawa’s chances for a successful season.

Elisha Côté

Elisha Côté is a Media Production and Design student at Carleton University and a passionate sports fan. Mainly focusing on PWHL Ottawa, she also covers the NHL's Ottawa Senators.

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