Another Tiger Claws Her Way In As Toronto Six Sign Defender Stephanie Sucharda

by Justin Levine

TORONTO -- The Toronto Six added their sixth free agent on Wednesday morning, signing former Princeton University captain Stephanie Sucharda to her first professional contract.

The 24-year-old defender becomes the 21st player to sign with the Six for the league's seventh season and the second product of Princeton to sign a contract for 2021-22. Standing at five-foot-eight, she is the nineteenth Canadian to sign with the Six this year.

Competing last with the Tigers in the ECAC, Sucharda graduated a conference finalist for Student-Athlete of the Year, capping her four seasons in the women’s hockey program. 

“I am really excited for this opportunity, especially coming out of the pandemic and not being able to get on the ice as much as I would have liked to,” says Sucharda.

Sucharda is a two-time AHCA All American Scholar, earning the honour in 2018 and 2019. She was named both an Academic All-Ivy League selection and Second-Team All-Ivy League member, receiving high praise and being added to the Commissioner’s List as well as the ECAC All-Academic Team.

“I think this will provide a great opportunity for me to get back into competing at a high level, while also having a full-time professional career. Being able to balance the two is very important to me, and the Six is very supportive of that balanced experience,” says Sucharda.

During her final 2018-19 season, she played in 33 games, where she recorded 12 points to bring her collegiate totals to 62 points in 131 career contests. From 2017 to 2019, Sucharda played with forward Annie MacDonald, who Toronto picked in the second round (ninth overall) in the 2021 NWHL Draft.

“Stephanie brings a lot of added leadership and strength to the roster,” said Digit Murphy, President of the Toronto Six. “We love that she was the captain of Princeton and she espouses our core values of education, empowerment and inclusion. She’s a hard worker with a high level of determination. She’ll be a valuable addition both on and off the ice.”

Prior to attending post-secondary, the Economics and Finance graduate played with the Mississauga Chiefs in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. From 2012 to 2015, the right-handed shooter amassed 81 points, racking up 19 goals, while adding 62 assists. These totals helped lead them to consecutive postseason appearances.

Following an eight-game playoff run to conclude her junior career, Sucharda made her first appearance on the national stage, winning a silver medal with Team Canada at the IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship.

Sucharda joins a defensive core that includes the likes of Saroya Tinker, Lindsay Eastwood, Taylor Davison, Emma Greco, Sarah Steele and Cristine Chao.

Ready to pick up where she left off, Sucharda says she’s excited to join the mix and get back to playing a competitive style of hockey.

“I like to compete and I think the spirit of competition naturally leads to the next thing I’m excited about, which is the locker room camaraderie. Competing as a team brings people together, so I’m looking forward to getting to know my new teammates and playing alongside them.”