This story was originally posted on www.nwhl.zone/home featuring former Quinnipiac standout Elena Orlando
By Dan Rice
As a veteran of 61 NWHL games shutdown defender Elena Orlando has seen it all heading into the league’s fifth season. She spent the inaugural season with the then-New York Riveters, but since then has been patrolling the blue line for the Connecticut Whale and has dedicated herself to bringing the Isobel Cup to her adopted home state.
Over the past two seasons, Orlando hasn’t missed a single game and only took a total of three penalties in 32 contests while defending against some of the top players in the world. She has been credited with 55 blocked shots over her NWHL career and has also deflected and tipped countless passes. There are no tricks with Orlando. Her game isn’t about putting up points; it’s about playing sound defense and doing everything she can to keep pucks out of her team’s net.
The 27-year-old was a dual-sport star during her final two seasons at Quinnipiac University, playing both hockey and rugby. That love of sports hasn’t died down during the past five years. Orlando loves to compete. “I’ve been busy this offseason working in the gym and on the ice as well,” she said when asked how she is preparing for her fifth season in the NWHL.
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