Updated: Aug 31, 2021
The Connecticut Whale of the National Women's Hockey League continued to build their roster for the 2021-22 season with the signing of veteran defender Taylor Marchin on Monday.
For the 27-year-old Marchin, the opportunity to be back with The Pod and provide solid support at both ends of the ice is one she looks forward to as she sets her sights on her fourth consecutive season with the squad.
“I am definitely beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Whale this
upcoming season,” said Marchin in a team release. “It is apparent that both the team and the league are making great strides, so continuing to be a part of that feels awesome.”
Marchin first joined the Whale for the 2018-19 season, and has made Connecticut her home
during her NWHL career. She has played in 41 regular season games with the Pod in addition to four playoff contests.
During the recent pandemic-shortened season, Marchin blocked four shots in the Whale's four regular season games.
She has received high praise for her tenacity and aggressive play not only in shutting down opponents' rushes but creating opportunities in the offensive zone.
“Taylor’s work ethic and commitment to a gritty style of play has tremendous value on both
blue lines. She battles every shift blocking shots and standing up her opponents. We are
excited to have her back and look forward to seeing the results of her hard work in the off
season,” said General Manager Alexis Moed.
The Algonac, MI native played four years at Yale University. She held an ironman streak of 123 consecutive games played, and finished with 57 career points (21G, 36A). During her senior season, she was named to the All-Ivy League second team, and was the inaugural winner of the team’s “Big Dog” award for blocking the most shots.
Marchin is the team’s 17th signing this offseason. She will join fellow defenders Hannah
Bates, Rebecca Morse, Tori Howran, Hanna Beattie, and Allie Munroe on the Whale’s back
(Rick Menning contributed to this Connecticut Whale press release.)