2015–16 NWHL season is the first season of operation of the National Women's Hockey League. Four teams competed for the inaugural Isobel Cup: the Buffalo Beauts, Boston Pride, New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale.
League business Edit
July 2015: The NWHL Foundation hosted a Canadian Training Camp Series in four different Canadian cities (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor).
 Late July 2015: A training camp for European players took place at Ristuccia Memorial Arena outside Boston on July 23, hosted by Boston Pride head coach Bobby Jay. Players from Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Japan attended.
NWHL Draft Edit
2015 NWHL Draft took place on June 22, 2015. A draft lottery was held and the New York Riveters earned the first pick overall, selecting Alexandra Carpenter of the Boston College Eagles women's ice hockey program.
Regular season Edit
Scoring leaders Edit
The following players led the league in regular season points at the conclusion of season.
All-star game Edit
1st NWHL All-Star Game was held January 24, 2016 at HarborCenter in Buffalo, the home of the Beauts.
Milestone Player Team Date
First goal Jessica Koizumi Connecticut Whale Oct 11, 2015
First Canadian to score a goal Kelly Babstock Connecticut Whale Oct 11, 2015
First European to log an assist Lyudmila Belyakova New York Riveters Oct 11, 2015
First European to score a goal Yekaterina Smolentseva Connecticut Whale Dec 13, 2015
First shootout goal Kelly Babstock Connecticut Whale Nov 22, 2015
First multi-goal game Hilary Knight (2 goals) Boston Pride Oct 11, 2015
First hat trick Brianna Decker Boston Pride Oct 25, 2015
First multi-point game Kelli Stack (3 points) Connecticut Whale Oct 11, 2015
First multi-point game by a defenseman Kacey Bellamy (2 points) Boston Pride Oct 11, 2015
First goaltending win Jaimie Leonoff Canada Connecticut Whale Oct 11, 2015
First American-born goaltender to win a regular season game Brittany Ott Boston Pride Oct 11, 2015
First international goaltender to win a regular season game Nana Fujimoto New York Riveters Nov 15, 2015
First African-American player to compete in the NWHL Blake Bolden Boston Pride Oct 11, 2015
First shootout game Brittany Ott Boston Pride Dec 20, 2015
Awards and honors Edit
Brianna Decker, Boston Pride, 2016 NWHL Most Valuable Player
Hilary Knight, Boston Pride, 2016 NWHL Scoring Champion
Denna Laing, Boston Pride, 2016 NWHL Perseverance Award
Denna Laing, Boston Pride, 2016 NWHL Foundation Award
Gigi Marvin, Boston Pride, 2016 NWHL Defensive Player of the Year Award
Brittany Ott, Boston Pride, 2016 NWHL Goaltender of the Year