Last month word came out that 2018 Patty Kazmaier Award winner and Boston College rising junior Daryl Watts was in the transfer portal and had signaled her intent to transfer from the Heights. Today, sources confirmed to BC Interruption that Watts will be transferring to the WCHA and the defending NCAA champion Wisconsin Badgers for her final two years of NCAA eligibility.
Daryl was one of the most talented players to come through the Heights, as evidenced by the fact that she was the first freshman (or sophomore) to ever win the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the top player in women’s college hockey. She was relied on once again in the 2018-2019 season to create much of BC’s scoring, and was a big reason the Eagles went as far as they did.
Boston College’s final goal of the 2018-2019 season came off the stick of Watts, an early tally against Clarkson to make it 1-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals, and had the Eagles been able to hold off a late equalizer by the Golden Knights, it would have been the goal that sent the Eagles to the Frozen Four. But it was not to be.
It’s a huge blow to the Boston College offense for next season and beyond to lose as great a player and as good a person as Daryl, but as we’ve said several times this offseason, the NCAA controls so much of these players’ lives that any opportunity to take back control to do what they think is best for themselves is welcome.
Best of luck to Daryl in the rest of her collegiate career with the Badgers — and here’s hoping that we’ll get to see Daryl playing with Hockey Canada at Beijing 2020!