South Lake Tahoe native Marino chosen by Toronto in 2021 NWHL Draft
Leah Marino spent the past three seasons with NCAA Division I Robert Morris University, but with the school terminating both the men’s and women’s hockey programs earlier this offseason, Marino needed a place to play next season.
Enter the National Women’s Hockey League.
During this past week’s NWHL Draft, the Toronto Six selected the South Lake Tahoe native in the third round (16th overall), making Marino the youngest player taken in the draft at 20.
“I am beyond excited to get started and play in the NWHL,” Marino told the Six website. “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.”
In 97 career games with the Colonials, Marino put up five goals and 11 points and was also part of the 2021 College Hockey America championship team at RMU.
“Leah is an excellent two-way player with exceptional leadership qualities,” said Robert Morris head coach Paul Colontino. “Her versatility to play both center and wing and be equally effective is a bonus to any 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.”
Growing up, Marino skated for the Tahoe Grizzlies.
Photo/Justin Berl/RMU Athletics
(July 2, 2021)