Colleen Murphy, who has regularly commuted from North Carolina to make her professional hockey career possible, has signed with the Metropolitan Riveters for her third NWHL season. She previously spent a season each with the Connecticut Whale and Buffalo Beauts.
“I wanted to come back to the NWHL because I believe in the platform it’s created for women’s hockey and I want to continue to play at the highest level possible,” said Murphy. “I believe the league has taken steps and will continue to move in the right direction for the women’s game.”
Murphy spent 15 games with the Beauts in 2017-18 before joining the Whale for nine games in the 2018-19 season. She has four assists in her NWHL career.
The Cary, North Carolina native has shown incredible dedication to her hockey career in her two seasons with the league, commuting to and from her hometown each week to represent her NWHL team. She says her company, Tower Engineering Professionals in Raleigh, where she works in human resources and safety coordination, has been “extremely supportive and cooperative” with her travel schedule.
She is also active in helping the girls’ hockey community in North Carolina, a market which has made tremendous strides in recent years. In addition to running clinics and working with the Carolina Junior Hurricanes, she appeared on an NHL Carolina Hurricanes broadcast, discussing the growth of girls’ and women’s hockey in North Carolina.