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RMU Alum Natalie Marcuzzi Drafted by Toronto in 4th Rd of 2020 NWHL Draft

Former Robert Morris forward Natalie Marcuzzi was drafted by Toronto with the 22nd overall pick in the fourth round of the 2020 NWHL Draft on Wednesday.

Marcuzzi, a 22-year-old native of Thornhill, Ontario, spent four years with the Colonials, scoring 19 goals and recording 20 assists in 139 games.

Marcuzzi was the second player out of Robert Morris drafted by Toronto, joining No. 6 overall pick Jaycee Gebhard. Both players will now have have the opportunity to sign with the expansion Toronto team, which is new for the 2020-21 season.

The NWHL, the first professional women’s hockey league in the United States, has teams in Boston, Buffalo, Connecticut, New York, Minneapolis. The Toronto team will be the first Canadian franchise.

Marcuzzi is the fourth former RMU player to be drafted into the league, joining Brittany Howard, who was drafted 10th overall by the Buffalo Beauts in 2017, Maggie LaGue, who was drafted in 2018, and Gebhard.

None of the RMU players drafted have ever played in the NWHL, though other RMU alumni have, such as 2017 Isobel Cup champions Morgan Beikirch, Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle and Ashley Vesci.

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