Whitecaps ink 2021 first round pick Mak Langei
The Minnesota Whitecaps have inked their top pick from the 2021 NWHL Draft.
Defender Mak Langei has signed a deal with the Whitecaps for the upcoming 2021-22 Premier Hockey Federation season. Langei was the Whitecaps’ first-round pick at the most recent draft, going sixth overall.
"Being drafted and signing with the Whitecaps is an opportunity I am extremely grateful for,” said Langei on the start of her pro career. “To be able to not only keep playing the game I love, but to also continue paving the path for future generations is something that all athletes wish to be part of.”
Langei has played her entire career in Minnesota, and she’ll continue that trend with the Whitecaps. The East Forks, MN native most recently played for Bemidji State University. During her four years there, she posted 47 points (11G, 36A) in 130 career games played, and served as the team’s captain as a senior. She also led the WCHA and was second overall in Division I in blocked shots her final year. The 5’5” blueliner finished her time at Bemidji ranked eighth in career points by a defender, seventh in career goals by a defender, and eighth in career assists by a defender.
"Mak Langei was one of the top defensive defensemen in the WCHA last season,” said general manager and co-head coach Jack Brodt. “Her ability to block shots, win battles in the D zone, and break the puck out will be very important to the Whitecaps' success in season 7.”
Langei also played one year with the USA U18 national team at the 2015-16 World Junior Championships. She finished that tournament with one assist in five games and won gold with Team USA.
“I’m beyond thankful for not only those involved with the Whitecaps organization but also everyone in my support system, especially my family,” said Langei. “I’m excited to get things started and learn from my teammates both on and off the ice."