Kathryn Tappen

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Kathryn Tappen (born April 9, 1981) is an American sportscaster who works for the NHL Network.

Early life[edit]

Kathryn Tappen was born in Morristown, New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University on academic and athletic scholarships[1] and was an Academic All-American as a member of the track and cross country teams,[1] the same Rutgers Scarlet Knights that produced 2012 Olympian Julie Culley.[2]

Kathryn began running as a freshman in high school (1995) as a way to stay in shape for her other athletic activities, namely basketball in the winter, and softball in the spring.[2] She continued running every season through senior year.[2] Due to a back injury, she had to Redshirt freshman year cross country and indoor.[2]


Tappen began her career at CSTV in 2003, where she hosted a variety of programs. She then spent a year and a half at NBC affiliate WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island as the weekend anchor and weekday sports reporter.[3]

In 2006, Tappen joined New England Sports Network (NESN), where she served as studio host for Boston Bruins games and as a lead anchor for SportsDesk. Tappen left NESN in 2011 for the NHL Network.[4]

In 2014, Tappen recently hosted hockey on NBC Sports during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi for her first Olympic assignment.


Tappen is married to hockey player Jay Leach, who has played for the New Jersey Devils.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Boston anchor Kathryn Tappen tames Bruins". ESPN. Retrieved 11/4/2012
  2. ^ a b c d "Interview on the Level: Kathryn Tappen" Level Renner. Retrieved on 11/4/2012.
  3. ^ "Kathryn Tappen: Bio". nesn.com. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Toucher & Rich: Kathryn Tappen Makes The Move To NHL Network". CBS Boston. CBS Local Media. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kathryn Tappen, Jay Leach". nytimes.com. July 18, 2009. Retrieved January 29, 2012.

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