3 former RMU women’s hockey players sign professional deals


Owen Krepps, Contributor

Three former members of the Robert Morris women’s hockey team have signed deals that will continue their careers post-college and into professional women’s hockey. RMU alumni Jaycee Gebhard, Natalie Marcuzzi, and Maggie LaGue will continue to play hockey with Brynäs IF of the SDHL (Swedish Women’s Hockey League), the Toronto Six of the NWHL (National Women’s Hockey League), and the Connecticut Whale of the NWHL, respectively.

Both Gebhard and Marcuzzi were drafted to the new Toronto expansion team in late April of 2020, back before the team announced that they would call themselves the Toronto Six. Gebhard became the first-ever draft pick for the Six, going sixth overall in the first round. Marcuzzi was selected 22nd overall in the fourth round. Maggie LaGue was drafted to the Connecticut Whale in the 2018 NWHL draft with the 22nd overall pick in the midst of her senior season at RMU.

Despite being selected for a city in her home country, Gebhard signed with Brynäs IF of the SDHL on May 16th and is currently the only North-American player on the team’s roster. Gebhard finished her NCAA career with a total of 191 career points with 63 points in her senior year that made her the all-time point leader for RMU women’s hockey. There is no doubt that the current state of women’s hockey and its uncertainty has influenced Gebhard’s decision to move to Sweden.

Gebhard told the Ice Garden, “I looked around a bit and Brynäs had a good season last year and has some very good players in the team, so I look forward to playing with them and am happy to have that opportunity.”

Continuing to play in North America, Natalie Marcuzzi and Maggie LaGue signed entry deals with Toronto on May 18th and Connecticut on May 13th. Marcuzzi finished her RMU career with 139 games under her belt and proved to be a great two-way player in her tenure with RMU. LaGue, who’s last NCAA season was in 2019, was a phenomenal puck-moving defenseman who holds the RMU record for both career assists (79) and career goals by a defender (92).