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Top Canadian U18 National Team Goaltender Commits To Boston College Women’s Hockey

BC’s newest recruit is expected to contribute immediately next season

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BC Women’s Hockey recruiting has been exceptional the last several years, and that success is showing no signs of slowing down.

Top Canadian U18 national team goaltender Madelyn McArthur has committed to BC Women’s Hockey and will start classes at the Heights next year at the start of the 2018-2019 season. The St. Catharines, Ontario native confirmed the commitment on social media.

Madelyn McArthur really impressed during this year’s USA/Canada U18 series. She played in all three games for Canada, including one in relief, and posted an impressive 26 save shutout against the Americans in Game 2 to lead Canada to a 3-0 win. In club hockey, she went undefeated with a 15-0-3 record for Oakville of the PWHL last season, with seven shutouts and 1.20 GAA.

McArthur’s commitment couldn’t have come at a better time for the Eagles. Katie Burt’s exemplary career at Boston College is coming to a close at the end of this season, and while the Eagles have a goaltender returning in Molly Barrow, the question of who BC would have in net for 2018 has come up often since the start of the year.

BC has a history of starting top goaltenders for four years, which probably aids in drawing high-end talent. Former Olympian Molly Schaus started the trend back in 2006-2007, with Corinne Boyles following in her footsteps and starting for four years beginning in 2009-2010 (with a redshirt year in between as Schaus returned from the Vancouver Olympics). That brought us to Katie Burt, who joined Boston College after accelerating her high school graduation as a 17 year old in 2014-2015.

Madelyn McArthur, if she does start right away, would then be the fourth straight four-year starter on the Heights.

BC has started to have some success with recruiting north of the border as well. BC’s electrifying freshman forward Daryl Watts already looks poised to set offensive records, and her Canadian classmates Willow Corson and Maegen Beres have already been important contributors early in their rookie campaigns.

McArthur’s commitment is especially important given that the Eagles will have three Olympic defensemen returning from Team USA next season, putting BC in prime position to make another national title run.

Welcome to the Heights, Madelyn!