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The New York Riveters’ All-Stars

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This weekend seven Riveters will compete in the Skills Competition on February 11th and the All-Star Game on February 12th. The NWHL All-Star Weekend is taking place in Pittsburgh this year and Amanda Kessel and Kelley Steadman are the two captains.

Skills Competition 2/11, 4:00PM

  1. Fastest Skater, including a Fastest Goalie challenge
  2. Hardest Shot
  3. Shooting Accuracy
  4. Breakaway Challenge
  5. Rapid-Fire Shootout Challenge

The All-Star Game itself will take place on 2/12 at 3:00PM. The game will be two 25-minute periods with one 18-minute intermission. Chad Wiseman is coaching Team Kessel and Sis Paulsen is coaching Team Steadman.

This year the New York Riveters will be sending seven players to the All-Star Game, which is a new franchise best. Here are your seven 2017 New York Riveters All-Stars.

Ashley Johnston

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  • Team: Steadman
  • Second year captain of the New York Riveters, first-year All-Star.
  • The tallest player in the NWHL and only Canadian captain.
  • Had one goal and seven assists in 16 games last season, has two goals and an assist in 15 games this year.
  • Tied for third in the league in blocked shots (14) and has registered just two turnovers this year.
  • She and Kelly Babstock were the two players chosen by members of the media to participate in the All-Star Game.

Courtney Burke

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  • Team: Kessel
  • Rookie ( Beauts 4th overall pick of 2015 Draft) from Wisconsin University.
  • Has eight points in 10 games with the Riveters this year, including three power play assists.
  • Her 0.80 is the highest pts/g among NWHL defenders (minimum five games played).
  • Missed five games this season with a lower-body injury.
  • Has seven assists in her last seven games and has yet to register a turnover.

Kaleigh Fratkin

  • Team: Steadman
  • Second year NWHL player and All-Star, first-year New York Riveter.
  • Led all defenders in points last year with the Connecticut Whale, has four power play points this year for New York.
  • Has played both forward and defense (point on the PP) with the Riveters this year.
  • Tied for third in the league in PIM (18).
  • Second in the NWHL (behind teammate Michelle Picard) in blocked shots (15).

Katie Fitzgerald

  • Team: Steadman
  • Undrafted rookie goaltender from St. Cloud State University.
  • Second in wins in the NWHL and third-best in GAA and Sv% (minimum 180 minutes).
  • One of only two goaltenders in the league with at least two shutouts.
  • Set the franchise record for wins in a season by a goaltender.
  • The tallest goaltender (5’10”) in the league.

Madison Packer

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  • Team: Steadman
  • Second year New York Riveters alternate captain, second year All-Star forward.
  • Packer has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 15 games this year. She had seven points in 16 games last season.
  • Made history with Tatiana Rafter by being the first two teammates to record hat tricks in the same game in the NWHL on January 29th.
  • Leads the Riveters in SOG and is tied for sixth in the league in the same category.
  • Tied for third in the league with two power play goals.

Rebecca Russo

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  • Team: Kessel
  • Undrafted rookie winger from Boston University.
  • Second in the NWHL in assists (10).
  • Has the highest plus/minus (+7) among all non-Pride skaters.
  • Had 11 points in her first nine NWHL games.
  • Tied for seventh in the NWHL in points and is second on the Riveters in points (13).
  • The 5’4” winger has yet to take a penalty in the NWHL.

Amanda Kessel

  • Team: Kessel
  • Undrafted rookie winger from Minnesota University.
  • Missed 10 games this year with a lower-body injury after her debut on October 8th.
  • The Riveters have a record of 2-1-1 since Kessel has returned from her injury.
  • Has points in every NWHL game she has appeared in this year and four multi-point games.
  • Has two goals and eight assists in five games this year, making her one of the league’s most productive forwards.
  • Despite the time she missed, only five players in the NWHL (two of which are Russo and Miye D’Oench) have more assists than Kessel.

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