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Edina's Taylor Porthan commits to UConn

The sophomore helped the Hornets achieve a third-place finish in the 2022 state tournament and played as both a forward and a defender.

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Taylor Porthan shoots the puck for Edina.
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EDINA, Minn. — Taylor Porthan of Edina is a versatile player, who is expected to suit up to play as both a forward and a defender this season for the Hornets.

Porthan's ability to contribute on both offense and defense as only a sophomore, along with her third-place state tournament finish in 2022 with Edina, attracted the attention of Division I hockey programs.

"I think one of my strengths is my skating and my speed. A lot of people have described me as very smart and making smart decisions. I'm a hard-working player and a person who grinds," said the Edina native on her playing style.

In early September, Porthan announced her verbal commitment to play college hockey at the University of Connecticut.

"I am extremely grateful and honored to announce my verbal commitment to play D1 hockey and further my education at UCONN. Thank you to my parents, coaches, and all who have believed and supported me to reach this milestone. Go Huskies!!" said Porthan on her Instagram page.

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Although Connecticut is far away from her home in Minnesota, Porthan loved the family feel of the program and is excited to play in the brand new rink that the school is building.

"I couldn't have been more impressed with the program and staff and how great everyone was to work with," said Porthan.

"It just felt like the best fit for me. They've done a lot of things right by taking their time and building their programs based on a lot of great values that align with mine."

Although her success in the sport of hockey is evident now, Porthan wasn't always the biggest fan of the sport.

After her neighbors helped convinced Taylor and her sister, Olivia , into lacing up the skates, it took a little while when she was younger to start enjoying hockey.

"I dreaded going to hockey practice everyday, I remember the game that I started liking it was when I scored a hat trick."

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Sticking with the sport ended up being a positive as now Porthan is verbally committed to a D-I program as only a 16-year-old, and helped the Hornets to a third-place finish at the 2022 state tournament.

After scoring eight points in 30 games for the Hornets, the 5-foot-4 player is currently working on her strength ahead of her junior season, and hopes to be a leader to younger girls on the team.

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When she's not out on the ice, Porthan volunteers in her community. She has lettered in service and enjoys volunteering her time in many different settings and places, but does a lot of work at a hospice care facility near her house.

She also enjoys spending time with family and being around their new puppy they got during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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