Some more news coming out of the NWHL today, this time from the Toronto Six. They have signed their third round draft pick, Leah Marino.
Here is what I wrote about her on draft night:
4(16)- Toronto Six – F Leah Marino, Robert Morris University
The forward, who hails from South Lake Tahoe, CA, played 3 years of college hockey at Robert Morris University. In the 97 games she played, she would go on to score 5 times and add another 6 assists for a total of 11 points.
You can check out the full press release here:
THE YOUNGEST PLAYER TO BE DRAFTED, TORONTO SIX SIGN FORWARD LEAH MARINO
by Justin Levine
Toronto, ON- The Toronto Six added their eighth player on Wednesday morning by signing Leah Marino, the youngest player picked in the NWHL Draft, to her first professional contract.
“I am beyond excited to get started and play in the NWHL,” said the 20-year-old. “After the sudden discontinuation of the Robert Morris hockey program, I wasn’t ready to step away from the game. The Toronto Six franchise gave me a new home, one that values the professional aspect of women’s hockey and the excellence that comes with it.”
A product of Robert Morris University, Marino was picked 16th overall on June 29 having spent three seasons in Division I hockey, capping her career as a champion of College Hockey America conference. Skating with the Colonials women’s hockey program, Marino was named to the CHA All-Academic team as a freshman.
In 2021, the left-handed shooter played in 25 games, where she recorded four points to bring her collegiate totals to 11 points in 97 career contests..
“Allowing Leah Marino to continue on her hockey experience was a key factor in selecting her to be part of our organization. She is a hard-working player who brings a an incredible drive and work ethic to our club,” said Digit Murphy, President of the Toronto Six. “While the youngest player to sign in the league, Marino can certainly keep up with the fast pace of our team and we are confident that as a rookie she will make an impact on our team and improve and develop into a consistent performer, we’re thrilled to have her join for Season seven.”
Prior to attending post-secondary, Marino, who stands at five-foot-nine, played with NAHA White in the Junior Women’s Hockey League, which is a premiere league for girls development in North America. In 37 games played, she recorded 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists.
As the first California native to play for the RMU women’s hockey program, Marino played with Six forward Natalie Marcuzzi and 2020 sixth overall draft pick Jaycee Gebhard.
“Leah is an excellent two-way player with exceptional leadership qualities. Her versatility to play both center and wing and be equally effective is a bonus to any team,” said Paul Colontino, Head Coach of the RMU women’s team. “Her size, strength and toughness combined with her ability to finish in tight makes her the complete player that’s so hard to find.”
Preparing to begin her next chapter, Marino is looking forward to Season 7 and can’t wait to get started.
“I am beyond excited to get started with the Toronto Six and be a part of the program,” she said. “More than anything I’m excited to be surrounded by such a talented group of women and make my pro debut under such high regarded staff and leadership. I can’t wait to get to the city and start working towards a championship.”
TXHT will continue to provide NWHL coverage as more signings and news are announced.