Metropolitan Riveters

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Metropolitan Riveters
2018–19 NWHL season
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City Newark, New Jersey
League National Women's Hockey League
Founded 2015
Home arena Barnabas Health Hockey House[1]
Colors Red, black, white
Owner(s) NWHL
Head coach Randy Velischek
Media NWHL Cross Ice Pass (On YouTube)
Affiliates New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Website Official Website
Franchise history
2015–2017 New York Riveters
2017–present Metropolitan Riveters
Playoff championships 2017–18

The Metropolitan Riveters (originally the New York Riveters) are a professional women's ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey, who play their home games in the Barnabas Health Hockey House at the Prudential Center. Its team name and logo are based upon Rosie the Riveter, the subject of the World War II-era motivational poster "We Can Do It!"

They are one of the four charter franchises of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL).


New York Riveters logo (2015–2017)

The first player signed to a contract was Janine Weber, who also became the first player in the history of the NWHL to be signed to a contract.[2] With the first pick overall in the 2015 NWHL Draft, the Riveters selected Alexandra Carpenter, a medalist from the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. The team made its debut in 2015 playing at Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn, New York. The first player to ever score a goal for the Riveters was Brooke Ammerman. The New York Riveters won their first game against the Boston Pride on November 15, 2015. Nana Fujimoto became the first New York Riveters goaltender to earn a win in the NWHL and the first Japanese born goaltender to win a NWHL game. Meghan Fardelmann became the first Riveter to record a hat trick.

On May 1, 2016, the Riveters signed free agent Amanda Kessel to a one-year deal worth $26,000, making her the highest paid player in the league. At the 2016 NWHL Draft, held in Brooklyn, the Riveters held the first overall pick for the second consecutive year and selected Kelsey Koelzer from the Princeton Tigers women's ice hockey program.[3]

On August 1, 2016, it was announced that the Riveters would move from Brooklyn to Barnabas Health Hockey House at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.[4]

Prior to their second season in New Jersey, the Riveters announced they had partnered with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL), becoming the first NWHL team to officially partner with an NHL team. Upon the announcement, the Riveters changed their name to the Metropolitan Riveters to reflect the broader geographic region. The Riveters also adopted the colors of the Devils and changed their jerseys. As part of the new affiliation, the Riveters and Devils held a doubleheader for the Riveters' 2017–18 season opener against the Boston Pride followed by the Devils' game against the Arizona Coyotes at the Prudential Center.[5] In the 2017–18 season, the Riveters won both the regular season and the Isobel Cup against the previous champions, the Buffalo Beauts.

At the end of their 2017–18 championship season, original head coach Chad Wiseman resigned, taking a job closer to home as an assistant with the Guelph Storm, and was replaced by Randy Velischek.[6]

Season-by-season records

Season GP W L T OTL SOL Pts GF GA Playoffs
2015–16 18 4 12 0 2 0 10 47 78 Lost Preliminary Round to Boston Pride
2016–17 18 8 7 0 1 2 19 55 58 Lost Preliminary Round to Buffalo Beauts
2017–18 16 13 3 0 26 64 30 Won Isobel Cup Championship over Buffalo Beauts

Draft history

A draft lottery was held for the 2015 NWHL Draft, taking place on June 20, 2015. and the New York Riveters earned the first pick overall.[7] With the first pick in the 2015 NWHL Draft, the New York Riveters selected Alexandra Carpenter.

NWHL Draft

The following were the Riveters selections in the 2015 NWHL Draft on June 20, 2015.[8]

# Player Position Nationality College
1 Alexandra Carpenter Forward  United States Boston College
5 Haley Skarupa Forward  United States Boston College
9 Erin Ambrose Defense  Canada Clarkson University
13 Dana Trivigno Forward  United States Boston College
17 Kimberly Newell Goalie  Canada Princeton

Awards and honors

  • Ashley Johnston, New York Riveters, 2017 NWHL Denna Laing Perseverance Award
  • Katie Fitzgerald, New York Riveters, 2017 NWHL Goaltender of the Year

Franchise milestones

Milestone Player Date
First goal Brooke Ammerman October 11, 2015
First game-winning goal Bray Ketchum November 15, 2015
First hat trick Meghan Fardelmann December 27, 2015[9]
First multi-point game To Be Determined To Be Determined
First win Nana Fujimoto November 15, 2015
First African-American player Cherie Stewart November 15, 2015
First shutout[10] Katie Fitzgerald November 20, 2016


  1. ^ "RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House". Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "NWHL Announces Historic First Player Signing". NWHL. Archived from the original on June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Kelsey Koelzer Taken First Overall". Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Cimini, Kaitlin (August 1, 2016). "From The Ice New York Riveters leave Brooklyn for Newark". Slapshot.
  6. ^ "Randy Velischek Named Riveters Head Coach". September 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "NWHL Draft Lottery: New York Riveters get top pick!".
  8. ^ "2015 NWHL Complete Draft, June 20, Boston". NWHL. Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  9. ^ "New York Riveters vs. Buffalo Beauts, December 27 Game Sheet". December 27, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2016. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Riveters shutout Whale 4–0, move into second place". NWHL Zone. November 20, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2017.

External links

  • Official Website
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