THUNDER BAY — Michela Cava's hockey career is taking her to the team in the new Professional Women's Hockey League that's closest to her hometown of Thunder Bay.
The Minnesota franchise in the PWHL selected the local product in the 12th round of the league's inaugural draft on Monday night.
The 29-year-old forward already has a connection to the state as she attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she played two seasons for the Bulldogs.
Cava most recently played for the Toronto Six of the now-defunct Premier Hockey Federation.
She was the MVP in the PHF's 2023 Isobel Cup playoffs, in which Toronto emerged victorious over the Minnesota Whitecaps in the finals.
The six-team PWHL will begin play in January 2024, with the other teams being based in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, New York and Boston.