Posted on September 30, 2019


The Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) announced that ONS will serve as the team’s official medical practice. The new partnership provides the CT Whale with access to one of the leading specialty orthopedic and spine practices in the region. The Whale has officially named ONS Sports Medicine Specialist, Marc S. Kowalsky, MD, as their team physician and medical director.

“The Connecticut Whale are thrilled to announce our partnership with Dr. Kowalsky and the exceptional ONS team,” said Whale general manager, Bray Ketchum. “Our priority with the NWHL and with the Whale is to provide our players with the best professional care. There is no doubt we have that with ONS.”

Dr. Kowalsky is a renowned orthopedic surgeon with expertise in surgical and nonsurgical management of sports injuries. He has cared for professionals and amateur athletes at every level of competition. Dr. Kowalsky is currently a team physician for the US Rugby National Team, Iona Prep Rugby, and other local sports teams He has previously served as an assistant team physician for the New York Islanders and New York Jets.

“With the growth of the women’s and girls’ hockey in the US, we are proud to be affiliated with the CT Whale, who have been trailblazers in the National Women’s Hockey League,” said Dr. Kowalsky. “ONS is a natural fit for the team because we share a commitment to quality, player safety and a completely healthy return to play if an injury does occur.”

The ONS Sports Medicine and Women’s Sports Medicine Centers have been providing the highest standard of orthopedic and spine care to athletes in Fairfield and Westchester counties for more than 20 years. They are experts in advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques and have been pioneers in non-opioid pain management.  The ONS team of 26 sub-specialty trained physicians are recognized for their expertise and exceptional brand of patient-centered care.


Established in 2015, the NWHL was the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The mission of the the league is to fuel the continued growth of the sport and brand of pro women’s hockey. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, and Minnesota Whitecaps. Visit and follow on Twitter and Facebook @NWHL and Instagram