Riveters Round Out Forward Group By Signing Leah Marino

by Justin Levine

NEWARK, NJ -- Making the move from north of the border, the Metropolitan Riveters have signed former Toronto Six forward Leah Marino to a Premier Hockey Federation contract for the 2022-23 season. Additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

“I chose to sign with the Riveters this season because I felt they are really striving to reach a certain level of professionalism that is so badly needed on the women's side of the game,” said Marino. The entire organization knows what they want to accomplish this season and are already actively putting things into place to make that happen. To live in the Metropolitan area where girls hockey is rapidly growing was also a big drawing point for me, as there are so many opportunities to inspire the young kids in the area who are just starting to fall in love with the game.”

Marino joins the Riveters after a strong PHF rookie campaign with Toronto where she was chosen 16th overall in the 2021 Draft, becoming the youngest player in league history to be selected. She skated in all 20 of the team’s regular season games, recording four points on three goals and one assist. Her best offensive performance was a two-goal effort on January 15 against the Buffalo Beauts.

She becomes Metropolitan’s 17th player and 14th free agent acquisition ahead of the upcoming 2022-23 PHF season. She joins fellow forwards Amanda Pelkey, Reka Dabasi, Sarah Bujold, Kaycie Anderson, and Kennedy Ganser up front, defenders Ebba Berglund, Taylor Marchin, Minttu Tuominen, Anna Kilponen, Emilie Harley, and Sarah Forster, plus goaltenders Eveliina Makinen and Rachel McQuigge. The group joins a trio of returnees in Madison Packer, Kendall Cornine and Kelly Babstock.

The 22-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, CA played three seasons at Robert Morris University from 2018-21. The Bachelor of Marketing graduate competed in 36 contests during her freshman season, producing her first multi-goal game in a 4-2 win over the Syracuse Orange. Offering just a glimpse of what she could do, her play resulted in CHA All-Academic Team honors. During her sophomore 2019-20 campaign, her Colonials capped off a successful season by being named champions of the College Hockey America conference. She skated in another 36 games, including both CHA Tournament games, finishing the campaign with five points on two goals and three assists. She scored one goal and three assists for four points in 25 games during her third and final season of Division I competition, for a total of 11 points over 97 career NCAA games.

Excited to take her game to the Garden State, Marino is looking forward to playing with athletes she idolized and embarking on her second year of pro competition in the PHF.

“I'm most excited to play for and with such big names in the women's hockey world,” she remarked. “There are quite a few people on the team that I looked up to when I was growing up, so to now be able to play with them is a huge honor. Additionally, I'm looking forward to playing in the New Jersey area in front of all the great Riveters fans and being a part of a program that is looking to grow the game through passion and success.”