Lady Ducks, Wave alum, Linden native Bryant advances to women’s pro ranks with PHF’s Whitecaps
The PHF’s Minnesota Whitecaps are adding a new forward to the fold, signing California native Brooke Bryant to a contract for the 2023-24 season.
Bryant, originally from Linden, has signed a two-year deal with the ‘Caps.
For Bryant, playing on the Whitecaps has been a dream ever since she came to Minnesota to play at the college level. After playing for five seasons with Minnesota State University, the 22-year-old is thrilled to be jumping to the professional ranks in the “State of Hockey.”
“Playing college in Minnesota made playing for the Whitecaps a huge goal of mine,” Bryant said. “Having the opportunity to play with such a talented group of players is a dream come true.”
Bryant will also be reuniting with former Minnesota State teammate Brittyn Fleming, who recently signed a two-year deal with the Whitecaps after a standout rookie season. The chemistry between the dynamic duo was one of the reasons that general manager Chi-Yin Tse went after Bryant in free agency.
“Brooke has really great chemistry with Brittyn Fleming, and I anticipate the pair to put up points this season,” Tse said. “She brings high energy and will be a shooting threat all over the ice. I really liked what I saw in her college career and felt as if she could be another impact player.”
Bryant made a splash in her first season with the Mavericks. She notched 11 goals and nine assists in her first year, making her the first freshman to score 20 points at Minnesota State since the 2010-11 season. Her 11 goals also led the season and she was second in team scoring. Bryant matched that point total as a fifth-year player, scoring seven goals and dishing out 13 assists.
Bryant is excited to reunite with Fleming and gel with her new teammates next season.
“I am looking forward to not only playing with such amazing players but working hard to do everything I can to help this team,” Bryant said.
In California, Bryant spent time with the California Wave and Anaheim Lady Ducks.
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— Whitecaps Media
(May 27, 2023)