Ashley Johnston is one of the returning stars
Amanda Kessel, who played for the United States Olympic team promises to be a high scorer this coming season.
BY Lauren Schwach
onrockaway.com Beat Reporter
Hello Riveters fans! You might have heard, but a few new people have signed with the Riveters for their second season! Some new people including Amanda Kessel, who has won a silver medal in the Olympics and is on the U.S. national team. You might know her brother, Phil Kessel. He plays for the U.S. men’s national team. He just won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Phil was once asked in an interview who the best hockey player in the family was, and he admitted it was Amanda!
The Riveters returning this season will be Ashley Johnston, Kiira Dosdall, Madison Packer, Morgan Fritz-Ward, Bray Ketchum, and Janine Weber!
Here is some info about our returning Riveters (Oldies):
Ashley Johnston, also known as Stretch, was team captain the inaugural season. She earned her nickname, Stretch, by being the tallest player in the NWHL the first season. She is a defenseman, attended Union college, and is from Burlington, Ontario. She managed to be a five sport athlete in high school. She played rugby, cross country, basketball, soccer, and obviously hockey.
Bray Ketchum was one of the top scorers in the first inaugural season of the NWHL. She is a forward, attended Yale University, and is from Greenwich, Connecticut. Bray finished her career as a Yale bulldog with 41 goals and 43 assists. She attended the 2009 open Olympic tryouts. During her senior year, she played lacrosse and scored a hat trick in her final game. She also majored in American studies. You can read more about Bray Ketchum in my interview with her on this website.
Janine Weber attended Providence College, is a forward, and is from Innsbruck, Austria. She was the very first player in history to sign a contract with the NWHL. She originally went to the Connecticut Whale training camp but then ended up with New York. The hockey teams she played for include the Boston Blades in the CWHL. (2014-2015). She played for Providence all through college. She has also been playing for the Austria National team. (2008-2015.)
Kiira Dosdall plays defense, attended Colgate University, and is from Fairfield, Connecticut. All of Kiira’s family attended Colgate. Her father was the captain of the Colgate men’s hockey team. She majored in sociology and anthropology. During her career, she played 134 games, scoring 26 goals and 52 assists. Also, during her sophomore year, she earned the co-most valuable defensive player award.
Madison Packer is a forward, attended Wisconsin University, and is from Detroit, Michigan. She majored in English and her favorite sport, (other than hockey,) is lacrosse. She started playing hockey when she was only five years old! During her career at Wisconsin, she scored a total of 46 goals and 58 assists. She enjoys music and boating. Packer has two brothers and one sister. She was voted Rookie of the Year in 2010 by her teammates.
Morgan Fritz-ward is one of many on the Riveters to a twin. Jenny Scrivens, (#30,) also has a twin sister. Morgan is a forward, attended Quinnipiac University, and is from Mason City, Iowa. There are a few people in the NWHL that played with Morgan on the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Including Chelsea Laden, (former goalie for the Riveters,#78,)and Shiann Darkangelo (Boston Pride#27.)
Here is some information about our new Riveters: (Newbies)
Amanda Kessel is a forward from the University of Minnesota. She is part of the U.S. national team. Her brother, Phil Kessel, has played in the NHL. Most of Amanda’s family plays hockey. Amanda also has a brother, Blake, who plays hockey. She is a two-time silver medalist and a two-time gold medalist in the Olympics. During her junior year alone, she managed to score 44 goals and have 56 assists.
Alexa Gruschow attended RPI, is a forward, and is from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She majored in biology. During her college career, she played in 109 games, scored 36 goals, and made 40 assists. During her senior year, she scored a hat trick against New Hampshire, score four power play goals, and scored one shorthanded goal.
Courtney Burke plays defense, attended Wisconsin, and is from Albany, N.Y. She started playing hockey when she was only six years old. She shoots left. She majored at Wisconsin in life sciences communication. During her entire career at Wisconsin, she played in over 1000 games, scored over 40 goals, and over 70 assists. Courtney has had many honors including the 2016 NCAA Second All-American team.
Jamie Leonoff is a goalie, is from Montreal, Canada, and attended Yale University. She played in the NWHL the inaugural season with the Connecticut Whale. Jamie Leonoff was selected for the 2015 ECAC All-Academic team. Leonoff has also done charity work. She volunteers for the Habitat for Humanity. She also enjoys spending time with the less fortunate children in South America.
Kaleigh Fratkin plays defense, attended Boston University, and is from Burnaby, Canada. She shoots right and played for the Boston Blades in the CWHL. Last season, she played with the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL. Also last year, she participated in the first outdoor women’s pro game. During her career at Boston, she played in about 151 games, scored about 31 goals, and about 57 assists. You can read more about Kaleigh Fratkin on my interview with her on this website.
Miye D’Oench is a forward, attended Harvard University, and her hometown is New York, N.Y. She majored in Social Studies. She enjoys skiing and has a black belt in Seido karate. D’Oench shoots right. Her junior year, she played in 35 games, scored 19 goals, and had 18 assists. Than before that, during her sophomore year, she played in 34 games, scored 21 goals, and had 18 assists. You can read more about Miye D’Oench in my interview with her on this website
Michelle Picard went to Harvard University, plays defense, and is from Taunton, Massachusetts. She majored in Anthropology. She scored 8 goals and had 45 assists in her college career. Picard enjoys hiking and camping. She was captain of the U.S. National Women’s Under-18 team in 2011. She was a 2010 Harvard Book Club recipient.
Milica McMillen attended Minnesota University, plays defense, and is from St. Paul Minnesota. Her major was Studies in Cinema and Media Culture. She played in one hundred forty nine games, scored forty four goals, and made seventy six assists. She ranked second with seven power play goals in her senior year of college.
Rebecca Russo attended Boston University, is a forward, and is from Westport, Connecticut. She played in 144 games, scored 50 goals, and made 60 assists during her career at Boston. Attended the National camp all 4 years of High School. She also played for the U.S. Under 18 team in the 2011 summer series.
Sojung Shin attended St. Francis Xavier University, is a goalie, and is from Seoul, South Korea. At college, she recorded 37 wins and a 1.46 goal average. She medaled in 7 IIHF World Championships and she represented Korea in 5 Asian Games. Sojung hopes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, her home country.
Tatiana Rafter attended the University of British Columbia, is a forward, and is from Winnipeg, Canada. She won a gold medal in the 2013 Winter Universiade. In the inaugural season, she played for the Buffalo Beauts and made it to the Isobel Cup Finals. She also was awarded the 2014 First Team Canada West All Star.
I hope you enjoyed my Oldies and Newbies story. I’ll see you all for the 2016-17 NWHL season!