Ridgewell, McParland, Curlew, and Marcuzzi Join Toronto’s NWHL Expansion Team
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 18, 2020
TORONTO – Toronto’s new expansion team in the National Women’s Hockey League announced today that the following four players have signed contracts for the upcoming season: goaltender Samantha Ridgewell, and forwards Jenna McParland, Amy Curlew, and Natalie Marcuzzi. Curlew and Marcuzzi were selected by Toronto in the NWHL Draft last month. Ridgewell played in the SDHL last season, while McParland played four seasons in the CWHL with the Brampton/Markham Thunder.
Since the team was announced on April 22, Toronto has signed 13 players for its inaugural NWHL season. Twelve of the players are Canadian, representing five provinces: Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) was the No. 1 goaltender last season for Djurgardens IF and had a 2.03 GAA and .920 save percentage over 22 games. She had an exceptional college career at Merrimack, where as a senior in 2018-19 she had a school-record five shutouts, her GAA was 1.89 and her save percentage was a Hockey East-leading .938. Ridgewell, who was runner-up for Hockey East’s goaltender of the year award, will join Elaine Chuli to give Toronto an outstanding goaltending tandem. Before college, Ridgewell developed with the Notre Dame Hounds and Saskatoon Stars.
McParland (Schreiber, Ontario) is an outstanding all-zone forward from the 2018 Clarkson Cup champion Markham Thunder of the CWHL. In Game 2 of the semifinals that year, McParland opened the scoring with three straight goals to lead Markham to a 4-3 victory over Montreal. In 141 games at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the 5-9 forward was 50-66-116. McParland developed playing for the Toronto Aeros of the PWHL and was a member of Team Canada at the U-18 World Championship in 2010.
Curlew (Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador) was the eighth overall pick in the 2020 Draft. From 2016-2020, she was a standout forward at Cornell. In her senior season of 2019-20, Curlew was 9-13-22 and was +30 in 32 games. Prior to Cornell, she played for the Oakville Hornets of the PWHL, and played for Team Newfoundland and Labrador, serving as an assistant captain at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Marcuzzi (Thornhill, Ontario) was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NWHL Draft. The 5-7 forward played at Robert Morris University, and helped lead the Colonials to three straight regular season titles from 2017-19 and four consecutive trips to the CHA Championship game, winning the title in 2017. An assistant captain as a senior, Marcuzzi appeared in all 36 games in 2019-20 and was 7-8-15. She played in the PWHL with the Mississauga Chiefs.