It’s never easy to say goodbye.
But Tara Watchorn has, after five seasons in the CWHL, including her final two as captain of the Boston Blades.
“It’s tough for me to put into words what my time in the CWHL has meant to me and how big of a role it has played in my life,” she said. “I had the chance to play on some great teams but more importantly, the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing and life-changing people along the way.
“Amidst my time in the league I fell in love with the game all over again and in a completely different way. Witnessing the sacrifices that women from all over the world are willing to make in order to play the game they love is unbelievably moving and inspiring.”
Selected 11th overall out of Boston University in the 2012 CWHL Draft, Watchorn began her pro career in Calgary, spending two seasons with the Inferno before returning to her collegiate roots and suiting up for the Blades.
“Throughout my career I was able to spend some time playing for both Calgary and Boston, making a countless amount of unforgettable memories along the way, and for that I am truly grateful to both programs.”
A decorated member of the Canadian National Women’s Team, Watchorn added her to hardware in 2015, when she was named CWHL Defenceman of the Year and winning her first Clarkson Cup.
“Even though I could go on forever about all the different teams and seasons I got to be a part of in this league, I have to acknowledge the outstanding group of women I got to share my last two years with on the Boston Blades,” she shared. “If the average fan went back to the score sheets or the rosters in attempt to understand why, they might not find any direct correlation. But to that, all I can say is it was the kind of team and the kind of seasons you dream for as an athlete and the ones you will carry with you for the rest of your life.
“So, as I hang up the skates to my life as a player I just want to say thank you to the CWHL and to all of the people who helped make my playing career one I will never forget.”