ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – LOTS OF SIGNINGS

NWHL 2BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

New York, NY Miye D’Oench has signed a contract with the New York Riveters for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Chad Wiseman announced Thursday. D’Oench and the Riveters agreed to terms on a one-year, $10,000 contract.

D’Oench (Harvard) was drafted fifteenth overall by the Boston Pride in the 2015 NWHL Draft but was traded to the Riveters for Alex Carpenter and a $2,000 draft tax. The forward scored 122 points (64g, 58a) in 135 NCAA games.

“I grew up in New York and all my life I’ve been a huge Rangers fan,” said D’Oench. “Next year I get to represent New York and become a part of the history of women’s sports. That’s what I’m most excited about. On top of that, I get to play the game I love for at least another year.”

D’Oench is the second pick from the 2015 NWHL Draft to sign a contract for the upcoming season, following Amanda Leveille, who signed with the Buffalo Beauts.

The restricted free agency period began April 1 and lasts until April 30. Free agency begins May 1 and lasts until July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft is June 18.

Buffalo, NY Amanda Leveille has signed a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Thursday. Leveille and the Beauts agreed to terms on a one-year, $15,000 contract.

Leveille (Minnesota) was drafted twelfth overall in the 2015 NWHL Draft by the Beauts. In net for the Golden Gophers, Leveille played in 116 games, posting a .947 SV% and 1.18 GAA. She completed her collegiate career with a 98-9-5 record and three NCAA National Championship titles, including one this year.

“I grew up in a sports-minded family where hockey was by far our favorite sport,” said Leveille. “I used to watch every Montreal Canadiens game with my dad and envision myself one day playing in the NHL like every kid does.”

“I want to play in the NWHL because I support girls’ professional hockey, and hope one-day young girls will dream of playing in the NWHL,” she continued. “I am grateful for and looking forward to this opportunity with a new organization.”

Leveille is the first pick from the 2015 NWHL Draft to sign a contract for the upcoming season.

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New York, NY — Bray Ketchum has signed a contract with the New York Riveters for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Chad Wiseman announced Thursday. Ketchum and the Pride agreed to terms on a one-year, $15,000 contract.

Ketchum played in all 18 regular season games for New York, tying for first in team scoring with 14 points, and leading the team in goals with 10. She also played in both playoff games for the Riveters.

“The inaugural season of the NWHL was above and beyond what I expected, and I am honored to be a part of the Riveters for a second season,” said Ketchum. “We had a great group of girls, and we were so lucky to have the incredible support of our fans. I look forward to an even more successful season this year.”

The Riveters finished fourth in the regular season standings with a 4-12-2 record. In the first round of the Isobel Cup playoffs, New York was defeated by the Pride in two games.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
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: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

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