Posted Monday, September 26th, 2016


rivitersThe New York Riveters of the two-year-old National Women’s Hockey League will play a pre-season game tonight, Monday, Sept. 26, against the Russian Women’s National Team at Morris County’s Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township.

Starting time for the game against the Russians is 7:30 p.m. at Mennen Arena, located at (for GPS) 161 E Hanover Ave, Morristown, N.J. 07960

Tonight’s game will be the second of back-to-back pre-season tune-ups for the home team versus the Russians. The Riveters won last night 2-1 in a game played in Newark.

The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015 with the Founding Four: the Riveters, Boston Pride, Connecticut Whale and the Buffalo Beauts.

Riveters greet young fans prior to 2015 game

Riveters greet young fans prior to 2015 game

The Boston Pride won the NWHL’s inaugural Isobel Cup as league champions on March 12 of this year.

The Riveters played their games in New York City in the 2015-16 season. On August 1, 2016, it was announced the Riveters would move from Brooklyn to Barnabas Health Hockey House at the Prudential Center in Newark, where they will play their regular season schedule. But they have held onto their New York name – like the two professional football teams — though playing in New Jersey.

Some facts about the Riviters team that will take the ice in Morris County tonight:

  • They played in 2015 at the Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn;
  • Their first goal was scored by Brooke Ammerman, a native of Teaneck;
  • Former NHL forward Chad Wiseman, who played with the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks, is their coach;
  • Their 2015-16 record was 4-12-2;
  • The current 22 player roster includes17 Americans, including Gabie Figueroa, a native of Branchburg in Somerset County;
  • Other players come from Canada, Austria and South Korea;
  • On May 1, 2016, the Riveters sign free agent Amanda Kessel to a one-year deal worth $26,000, making her the highest paid player in the league.


The Russian Women’s National Team is nicknamed the Big Red Machine. At the 2016 Women’s World Championship held in Canada last April,the Russian women won a bronze medal by defeating Finland 1-0. The U.S. defeated Canada 1-0 in the gold medal game. The Russian’s are led by Yekaterina Smolentseva and Iya Gavrillova.

The William G. Mennen Sports Arena was built in 1973 on land donated by the Mennen Company, and opened in January of 1975. At the opening, there was only one ice surface with permanent seating for 2,500 spectators – where tonight’s game versus the Russian women will be played. In 1986, a second ice surface was completed and in 2002, a third ice surface was completed.