The New York Riveters will play in two preseason games before the puck drops for the NWHL's inaugural season on October 11th. Both preseason games will be played in the city although the second exhibition match, against the Minnesota Whitecaps, will be played at Chelsea Piers New York (Manhattan) instead of at the Riveters' home roost at Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn.
Fans can attend New York's first exhibition game at Aviator and get a first look at the women sporting Rosie the Riveter on their jerseys for just a $5 admission fee. Yes, just $5. The first game of the preseason will be played against the New York City Fire Department's hockey club this Sunday at 3:30 PM.
The Riveters' first game of the preseason against New York's Bravest is historic and certainly worth catching, but the game that will most likely serve as the true measuring stick for the team as they gear up for the six month regular season is their contest against the Whitecaps on October 4th and their roster which features four U.S. Olympians. It should be a good test for the Riveters who held their first team practice just one week ago.
- Game 1: New York City Fire Department at New York Riveters. 9/27, 3:30 PM at Aviator.
- Game 2: Minnesota Whitecaps (WWHL) at New York Riveters. 10/4, 12:00 PM at Chelsea Piers (Manhattan).
Both preseason games will cost you just five dollars to attend but are free to those that are season ticket holders and can present a proof of purchase for the season ticket package. You can purchase tickets to the games both online by clicking THIS LINK or at the door of the venues. The preseason games will not be available via the Cross-Ice Pass streaming service, but regular season games will be available to fans of the league across the world when the streaming service is officially launched by the league.
In other NWHL and Riveters'-related news, Dani Rylan who is the commissioner of the league and also holds the office of general manager for the New York Riveters, had an interview on Bloomberg Markets. Rylan talked about some key details about the league including the salary cap, the minimum salary that players in the league are making ($10,000), as well as details about the league's funding which will be private for the first season.
"I think that, 'it's a limited market,' may be the biggest misconception. Thirteen percent of all U.S. Hockey registration is compromised of girls and women, which is a significant number. It's just exponentially growing throughout the years. A third of all those registrations are in the northeast here, which is why we tapped into this market."
Having someone as intelligent, passionate, and capable as Rylan at the helm of both the league and it's most high profile team is something that should put fans of women's hockey and the NWHL at ease. Although the Riveters didn't land Hillary Knight in free agency (Knight has not officially signed as of yet, but it appears she will land in Boston with the Pride), the talent on the ice in Brooklyn might just be the best in the league.
As of today the Riveters have just 17 players officially signed (signings listed on NWHL.co). During the press conference last Wednesday Dani Rylan announced that the team would have an "eighteen paid-player roster and four practice players". Whether or not that means that one of the players in camp that is currently practicing with the team will earn a contract and a roster spot or if the Riveters are still looking at the free agent market to add another player like the Boston Pride did yesterday when they made a splash by adding Kacey Bellamy, a two-time Olympic silver medalist and member of Team USA, remains to be seen. It's something to keep an eye on as the beginning of the regular season approaches.
Hope to see you at Aviator in Brooklyn on Sunday when the puck drops for the Riveters' preseason at 3:30.
Thanks for reading. Let's go Riveters.