On Sunday, December 6th New York Riveters forward Taylor Holze was injured when she was boarded into the open door of the Boston Pride's bench. Holze has been out of the lineup ever since the scary injury which meant her missing the team's trip to Japan as well as the two most recent regular season games before and after the exhibition series.
The freak play that resulted in Holze's injury served as the catalyst for an NWHL rule change regarding the bench door being closed almost all of the time with a few exceptions that are listed in the video above from the NWHL's Player Safety board. On her twitter feed Holze revealed that she suffered bruised ribs due to the scary play that resulted in her injury. Thankfully, it appears that she is on the mend and is now officially back on the ice practicing at Aviator Sports and Events Center.
Holze, like every hockey player that has gripped a stick, was eager to get back on the ice and was recently given the green light from Riveters' trainer Ashley Robbins.
With star forward Brooke Ammerman out with her hand injury for an uncertain amount of time and Erin Barley-Maloney's status still a mystery, Holze being close to returning is great news for the Riveters who have had their depth tested in the first half of the season due to injuries throughout the lineup. Typically, bruised ribs can take about a month to heal so Riveters' fans should expect Holze, one of New York's four practice players, to return to the lineup in the near future if not this weekend against the Connecticut Whale. Before being knocked out of the lineup with her injury against the Boston Pride the former Terrier was a mainstay in the Riveters' lineup.
The Lynnbrook, New York native is one of the Riveters' most underrated and creative players. In a tough, physical league her diminutive stature is more than made up for by her tenacity, speed, and ability to move the puck. In the six regular season games she has played this season Holze has been among the Riveters' most effective penalty killers in addition to one of the team's more crafty players on the rush and in the offensive zone. When she plugs back into New York's lineup it will add some much-needed speed and puck movement to a Riveters' team that recently won their third game of the season against the Buffalo Beauts.
Holze will join the rest of the Riveters today cheering on Bray Ketchum and Meghan Fardelmann. The two forwards with ties to the New England area are joining the Boston Pride on a temporary basis to participate in the Outdoor Women's Classic that will take place before the NHL Alumni Game at Gillette Stadium today.
Thanks for reading. Let's go Riveters.