Macomb’s Taylor Girard picked first overall in 2021 NWHL Draft


Macomb native Taylor Girard didn’t have to wait long for her name to be picked in the 2021 NWHL Draft.

In fact, she didn’t have to wait at all.

The Macomb native and HoneyBaked alum was chosen first overall by the Connecticut Whale, their first such pick in franchise history after choosing second overall on three separate occasions.

“It’s so special to be drafted by the Whale,” Girard said on the NWHL Draft Show. “I got to know the area of Connecticut the last few years and I love living on the east coast. I’m really happy I can still be close to Quinnipiac and it will make the adjustment easier. I’m excited to really just contribute in any way that I can. I’m really excited to get to know my new teammates and start this next season with the Whale.”

Girard, a senior at Quinnipiac who previously played with Lindenwood, posted a 16-point season in 15 games. She amassed 32 goals and 69 points in 105 NCAA games across her collegiate career.

Joining Girard in Connecticut was fellow HoneyBaked alum Grace Middleton (Midland native), picked 26th overall by the Whale.

Hannah Bates, a Trenton native and St. Cloud State alum, was picked 20th overall by the Whale in round four, as they continued their Michigan-heavy draft. Bates skated for Victory Honda, Little Caesars and Belle Tire for joining the Huskies.