Massive brawl breaks out in Marine Park women’s pro hockey game

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Here’s one thing Rosie the Riveter can’t do.

National Women’s Hockey League officials suspended the New York Riveters’s Elena Orlando for one game on Jan. 8 after the defender jumped off the bench and repeatedly slugged an opposing player amid a melee during the Riveters’ 6–1 loss to the Connecticut Whale at Aviator Sports on Jan. 3.

The team is named for Rosie the Riveter — a World War II-era feminist symbol meant to encourage women to join the war effort whose slogan was “We can do it.”

Whale Micaela Long porpoise-fully leveled Riveters defender Ashley Johnston six seconds after a ref’s whistle in the game’s third period, igniting an on-ice brawl that drew three Brooklyn players, including Orlando, from the bench, officials said.

But the league didn’t suspend the other riveters, because they didn’t go as buck-wild as Orlando, honchos said.

“The Player Safety Committee has determined that their actions, while illegal, are not worthy of a suspension, as they were not as actively involved in the altercation as Orlando,” a press release states.

A video shows Orlando flying into the fracas, throwing more than a dozen jabs, and taking at least one to the chin before officials could quell the scrum.

Both Long and Orlando had to sit out a Jan. 9 rematch where the Whale (11–1) beat the struggling Riveters (3–8) in Connecticut 4–3.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

TOM from Brooklyn says:
Jan. 12, 2016, 2:23 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: