During the NWHL’s inaugural season, one of its greatest attributes has included the participation of world-class talent, helping provide a major league feeling to the incipient league. Among such exciting and accomplished players is Gigi Marvin. Suiting up for the Boston Pride, she is joined by several competitors that she has played alongside with Team USA.
Prior to joining the Pride, Marvin enjoyed a pair of Clarkson Cup victories with the Boston Blades, helping to add to Boston’s growing legacy as a city of champions. It is the type of outcome that Marvin is determined to duplicate with the Pride in the race for the inaugural Isobel Cup.
Having quietly assembled a solid career, Marvin is one of the game’s most dependable superstars. One of its hardest workers and character players, such values makes her an esteemed member of any team that she competes with, making her a tremendous asset for the Pride.
One of Marvin’s greatest legacies in hockey is her remarkable versatility. The first woman in the history of USA Hockey to compete in the Winter Games at both the forward and defense positions, she has proven to be one of the most underrated superstars in women’s hockey.
Among a highly talented group of women suiting up during the Pride’s inaugural season, Marvin’s strong hockey background has resulted in her serving as an essential leader on the squad’s blueline corps. While there is no denying that Marvin is a role model and a positive influence for the younger Pride players hoping to emulate her greatness, she remains humble, keeping her role in perspective, signs of a strong and mature leader,
“We have a great mix of experience on our team and I enjoy adding to the positive and competitive environment.”
Despite converting to defense a few seasons ago, Marvin still has the ability to show the flashes of offensive brilliance that made her an All-WCHA selection at the University of Minnesota. Pride fans were quickly introduced to such skill.
Scoring her first NWHL goal with the Pride on October 25, Marvin’s presence would pay dividends for the Pride. Of note, said goal would stand as the game-winning tally, a 5-3 final against the Buffalo Beauts. Assisted by Hilary Knight, who has also played with Marvin on Team USA (and with the Blades), the goal was scored against Brianne McLaughlin, another familiar face. As a side note, McLaughlin played with Marvin on Team USA at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games.
Considering that Marvin’s first NWHL goal also resulted in the game-winning tally, she would accomplish the rare feat of two milestones on just one goal. Such an accomplishment is definitely among the treasured moments in her early sojourn with the Pride.
“My first goal was a great moment because it was also my first NWHL game and another team win. It is always fun to win and celebrate those moments with my teammates!”
Like so many of the women that are working tirelessly to make the NWHL a success, Marvin is equally committed to providing a positive fan experience. Getting the chance to meet fans and share in their stories has served as the highlight of her season. Taking into account how fans have made the trek from many regions throughout the United States to witness the first pro league in American hockey history, Marvin is gracious, sincerely appreciating their effort, one that she reciprocates on the ice with high quality hockey,
“One highlight has been seeing the turnout for our games. It means a lot to see the amount of fans who are stoked to watch us play.
We have had people travel all the way from Colorado to witness professional women’s hockey! I love the fans, their enthusiasm, and the hand made signs they fill the rinks with.”
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