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A gift from the James W. O’Brien Foundation will fund full tuition, room and board at Merrimack for Lynn scholars.
Grant-Mentis, currently playing with the Toronto Six of the Premier Hockey Federation is the second-youngest honoree in the sports category at 23 years old.
The 2020 graduate was honored after sweeping the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)— now Premier Hockey Federation— awards at the conclusion of last season.
Grant-Mentis competed in her first full professional season with the Toronto Six, and became the first player in NWHL history to earn four different awards in a single season. The 2020 graduate was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and Newcomer of the Year, was Toronto’s Foundation Award recipient and was one of the Fans’ Three Stars of the Season honorees.
The Brampton, Ont., native led the Six to a regular-season title scoring a league-high five goals in six games while tying for the NWHL lead during Lake Placid competition with nine points. The Merrimack College all-time leader in points added a goal and an assist in the Isobel Cup semifinals to bring her 2021 total to 11 points over seven performances in her first full NWHL campaign.
The league’s Foundation Award is given to players in the league who “are actively applying the core values of hockey to their community as well as growing and improving hockey culture.”
Grant-Mentis continued with community outreach for disadvantaged families in the Greater Toronto Area. She is the first Black player in league history to win Most Valuable Player and Newcomer of the Year.