UNH Captain Tori Howran Joins the Connecticut Whale

by NWHL Media


DANBURY, CT – University of New Hampshire captain Tori Howran, a standout defender and second-leading scorer on the team last season, has signed with the Connecticut Whale. The Bancroft, Ontario native was the seventh overall selection in the NWHL Draft last week.

“Tori is a fierce competitor,” said UNH head coach Hilary Witt. “She was a leader on our team who we relied on in every situation of the game. I’m so happy for and proud of Tori.”

As a senior in the 2019-20 season, the 5-9 defender had two goals and 20 assists for 22 points in 27 games. Howran played on the Wildcats’ top defensive tandem, blocking 57 shots on the season. The team credited Howran’s defensive prowess as one of the factors in UNH killing 129 of 145 power play attempts by opponents last season. UNH finished eighth in the NCAA in penalty killing and tenth in defense.

Developed as a young player with the Whitby Wolves, Howran won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Among her teammates were fellow 2020 NWHL draft picks Kayla Friesen, Saroya Tinker, and Codie Cross. She also won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the National U18 Championship.

“I am truly thankful and honoured to have been drafted by Connecticut,” said Howran. “Being able to continue my hockey career at a professional level in the NWHL is unbelievable. I can’t wait to start my rookie season and chase after the Isobel Cup alongside my new teammates.”

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