TORONTO — Adding skill and depth to the defensive core, the Toronto Six have signed free agent defender Kati Tabin to a Premier Hockey Federation contract for the 2022-23 season. Additional terms of the agreement will not be disclosed. “I'm just excited to play on Canadian home soil for once,” said Tabin.
“I’ve been away in the United States for the past six years or so, so being able to play on a team in Canada and finally get paid for doing so will be a really cool experience and I’m excited for it.”
Toronto 6ix Defender, Kali Tabin
Tabin joins T6 with PHF experience, having been a member of the Connecticut Whale for parts of last season. The 25-year-old appeared in six games during November and December competition, including the team’s two contests in Toronto. While held off the scoresheet, she registered a +1 rating and contributed four shots on goal Dec. 18 against the Buffalo Beauts. She becomes the team’s thirteenth signing, joining Emma Greco, Carly Jackson, Brittany Howard and Lexi Templeman as the lone free agent acquisitions to date, alongside returnees
Shiann Darkangelo, Emma Woods and Breanne Wilson-Bennett up front, Taylor Davison, Taylor Woods, Saroya Tinker and Lindsay Eastwood on defence, and Elaine Chuli between-the-pipes. “We waited for the signing of Kati Tabin and knew she was the missing piece to our D core,” said Angela James, General Manager of the Toronto Six. “I was excited that she wanted to join the T6. Kati is an offensive defender that will give us that extra explosiveness when needed. Welcome Kati to the T6.”
Tabin played four years of NCAA Division I competition at Quinnipiac University, where the Bachelor of Business Marketing graduate compiled 52 points in 141 games, registering 14 goals while adding 38 assists from 2016-20. During her freshman year, she played alongside Emma Greco and Emma Woods. As a sophomore, the left-handed shooter finished fourth in scoring with 14 points across 36 games, and recorded 47 shot blocks. She led the Bobcats defence in scoring as a junior, tallying 13 points on four goals and nine assists, and was second on the team with 49 blocks. Tabin served as team captain as a senior and posted career-high offensive numbers with 18 points on five goals and 13 assists. She also continued to excel in her defensive end, recording 41 shot blocks, which ranked fourth on the team. These efforts earned her Third-Team All-ECAC honours.
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The Winnipeg, MB native also has experience with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team, and has competed on the national stage with Team Manitoba. Thrilled to play pro hockey closer to home, Tabin is looking forward to mixing in among the team’s talent and enjoying all that Toronto has to offer. “I’m most excited for living in a great city and playing with a bunch of talented females,” she said. “I think the Six is an extremely talented team and we’re bringing on a lot of new talent this year, and I think it’s going to be a good mix. I think we’ll be in the running for winning that championship this year, so I’m really excited for it and I can’t wait to start.”