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Niagara Men’s Hockey Welcomes Incoming Class

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NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – Niagara University men’s hockey head coach Jason Lammers announced the addition of eight newcomers to the team ahead of the 2019-20 season. Three of the incoming athletes are collegiate transfers, while the other five join from junior leagues.
 
These eight players, along with Jason Pineo, make up the full incoming class for 2019-20. Pineo, a forward from Toronto, was announced as an NLI signee on December 21.
 
Cam Cook | Forward | Halifax, NS | Shreveport Mudbugs

  • Four-year veteran of the NAHL.
  • Spent previous two seasons with the Shreveport Mudbugs, totaling 80 points (40 G, 40 A) in 111 games.
  • Two-time Robertson Cup champion, first with Fairbanks Ice Dogs (2015-16) and again with Shreveport (2017-18).
  • Majoring in psychology.

 
Ryan Cook | Defense | Lancaster, NY | Merrimack College

  • Played three seasons for Merrimack (Hockey East).
  • Appeared in 73 games as a Warrior, registering eight points (3 G, 5 A) and 69 penalty minutes.
  • Two-time Hockey East All-Academic Team honoree.
  • Posted a career-best five points (1 G, 4 A) in 2018-19.
  • Majoring in sport management.

 
Croix Evingson | Defense | Anchorage, AK | UMass Lowell

  • Played two seasons at UMass Lowell (Hockey East).
  • Selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the 211th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
  • Appeared in 32 games as a River Hawk, registering eight points (1 G, 7 A).
  • Majoring in finance.

 
Ryan Naumovski | Forward | Troy, MI | New Jersey Titans

  • Spent parts of three seasons with the New Jersey Junior Titans organization.
  • Point-per-game player in 2018-19 (16 G, 43 A in 59 games).
  • Majoring in sport management.

 
Scott Persson | Defense | Kristianstad, Sweden | Lone Star Brahmas

  • Spent 2018-19 with the Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL).
  • Appeared in 49 games last season, accounting for 26 points (4 G, 22 A).
  • Named Brahmas’ Rookie of the Year at season’s end.
  • Majoring in business management.

 
Walker Sommer | Forward | Avon, OH | Air Force

  • Played two seasons at Air Force (Atlantic Hockey).
  • Appeared in 53 games for the Falcons, registering 19 points (10 G, 9 A).
  • Registered one assist in 2018 Atlantic Hockey championship win over Robert Morris.
  • Majoring in finance.

 
Brandon Stanley | Forward | Sioux Lookout, ON | Philadelphia Rebels

  • 32 points (18 G, 14 P) in 51 games played for Philadelphia Rebels (NAHL) in 2017-18.
  • Majoring in sport management.

 
Chad Veltri | Goalie | Pittsburgh, PA | Youngstown Phantoms

  • Split 2018-19 USHL season between Sioux Falls and Youngstown.
  • Finished with .921 save percentage and 2.54 goals-against average in 25 games for Youngstown Phantoms.
  • 2016 National Champion with Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (T1EHL U18).
  • Majoring in integrated management.

Rangers Make Additions To Hockey Operations Staff

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The New York Rangers announced that the team has made several additions to its hockey operations staff. Tanner Glass and Tuomo Ruutu have been named Assistant Directors of Player Development. Chris Morehouse has been named the team’s Director of North American Scouting, and Marshall Davidson and Derek Ginnell have been named Amateur Scouts.

Steve Konowalchuk will transition from the team’s amateur scouting staff to the team’s professional scouting staff. In addition, the Rangers have named David Cunniff as an Assistant Coach with their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, and have also named Chris Hoeler as the Wolf Pack’s Video Coach.

In their roles, Glass and Ruutu will work with Director of Player Development Jed Ortmeyer to assist in the development of Rangers prospects, both on and off the ice. Glass will primarily work with Rangers prospects in North America, while Ruutu will primarily work with Rangers prospects in Europe.

Glass rejoins the Rangers organization after concluding an 11-season NHL career (2007-08 – 2017-18). He skated in 527 career NHL games with Florida, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, the Rangers, and Calgary, registering 24 goals and 45 assists for 69 points, along with 658 penalty minutes. Glass recorded 100 or more hits in seven of his 11 seasons in the league, including 200 or more hits in four of those seasons.

He also helped his team advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in seven different seasons in his career. Glass skated in 67 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering six points (two goals, four assists), and he helped Vancouver advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010-11. He concluded his playing career with Bordeaux in France during the 2018-19 season.
The Regina, Saskatchewan native played three seasons with the Rangers (2014-15 – 2016-17) after signing with the Blueshirts on July 1, 2014. Glass skated in 134 career games with the Rangers, registering six goals and nine assists for 15 points, along with 181 penalty minutes. He helped the Blueshirts advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his three seasons with the team.

In 2014-15, Glass helped the Rangers win the Presidents’ Trophy for having the best regular season record in the NHL, establish single-season franchise records with 53 wins and 113 points, and advance to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Glass tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Rangers’ First Round Series against Montreal on Apr. 12, 2017. Prior to beginning his professional career, Glass played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Dartmouth College (2003-04 – 2006-07). He served as Dartmouth’s captain during the 2006-07 season. In addition, Glass played parts of six seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Ruutu skated in 735 career NHL games over a 12-season career (2003-04 – 2015-16) with Chicago, Carolina, and New Jersey, registering 148 goals and 198 assists for 346 points, along with 596 penalty minutes. He finished sixth in voting for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2003-04, as he recorded 44 points (23 goals, 21 assists) with the Blackhawks. Ruutu was selected by Chicago in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. In addition to his NHL career, Ruutu played professional hockey in Finland and Switzerland.


The Vantaa, Finland native represented his country in several international tournaments throughout his career. Ruutu played with Finland in 12 major international tournaments during his career, including the Winter Olympics twice, the World Cup of Hockey once, the IIHF World Championship five times, the IIHF World Junior Championship three times, and the IIHF U18 World Championship once. He helped Finland earn 10 medals in those 12 tournaments, including two bronze medals at the Olympics (2010 and 2014) and gold medals at the 2011 IIHF World Championship and the 2000 IIHF U18 World Championship, and he also helped Finland finish as the runner-up at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. In addition, Ruutu served as an Assistant Coach for Finland’s gold medal-winning team at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Morehouse joins the Rangers organization after spending the previous seven seasons in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization (2012-13 – 2018-19). He spent the past three seasons as the Blue Jackets’ Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting (2016-17 – 2018-19). Morehouse joined Columbus as an Amateur Scout in 2012, and he served as both an Amateur Scout and a Professional Scout over four seasons before being named the team’s Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting on July 6, 2016.


Prior to beginning his front office career, the Saint John, New Brunswick native played two seasons at St. Thomas University (2011-12 and 2012-13) while earning his degree. Morehouse also played parts of two seasons in professional hockey with the Alaska Aces (ECHL), Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL), Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL), and Tulsa Oilers (CHL). He also played three seasons of junior hockey with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2005-06 to 2007-08. Morehouse served as Moncton’s captain in 2007-08, and he was also named the QMJHL Humanitarian of the Year and the Canadian Hockey League Humanitarian of the Year during the season.

Davidson joins the Rangers organization after spending the previous six seasons in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization as an Amateur Scout (2013-14 – 2018-19). He also served five seasons in the St. Louis Blues organization as an Amateur Scout (2008-09 – 2012-13).


Prior to serving as a scout in the NHL for over a decade, the Calgary, Alberta native coached several teams in Bantam and Midget AAA programs in Western Canada for over 25 years. Davidson coached with Tom Renney, who is the Rangers’ former Head Coach and the President and CEO of Hockey Canada, with the Columbia Valley Rockies of the Kootenay International Jr. Hockey League for several years. During his tenure with the Rockies, Davidson helped guide the team to back-to-back Keystone Cup Championships.

Ginnell joins the Rangers organization after spending the last five seasons as an Amateur Scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2014-15 – 2018-19). Prior to becoming a scout, he played with the Medicine Hat Cubs of the Heritage Junior Hockey League (HJHL), and he served as the team’s captain. Ginnell also played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), and North West Junior Hockey League (NWJHL).

Konowalchuk served one season as an Amateur Scout with the Rangers in 2018-19. In his role as an Amateur Scout, he was primarily responsible for scouting players in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Konowalchuk joined the Rangers organization after serving as an Assistant Coach with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2017-18 season. He also served as the Head Coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL for six seasons (2011-12 – 2016-17), and he helped Seattle win the WHL Championship and advance to the Memorial Cup in 2016-17. Konowalchuk began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the Colorado Avalanche for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11).


Konowalchuk skated in 790 career NHL games over parts of 14 seasons (1991-92 – 2005-06) with the Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche, registering 171 goals and 225 assists for 396 points. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, he became the first player born in Utah to play in the NHL. Konowalchuk represented the United States in several international tournaments during his playing career, and he helped Team USA win the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

Cunniff joins the Rangers organization with 17 years of coaching experience in the American Hockey League (2002-03 – 2018-19). Most recently, he was a member of the Iowa Wild’s coaching staff for four seasons (2015-16 – 2018-19). Cunniff served as an Associate Coach with Iowa, as well as the team’s Interim Head Coach for part of the 2015-16 season. In addition, he spent 12 seasons as either the Associate Coach or Assistant Coach with the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate, as well as one season with the Albany Devils.

Hoeler joins the Rangers organization after spending last season as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Prior to working with the Steel, he worked one season with Harvard University’s women’s hockey team as the team’s Video & Analytics Coordinator. Hoeler has also worked with the Danbury Titans in the Federal Hockey League in his career.

B. Devils Sign Goaltender

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DEVILS SIGN GOALTENDER EAMON MCADAM TO AHL DEAL

McAdam played 19 games with the Toronto Marlies last season

BINGHAMTON – The Binghamton Devils announced that the club has signed goaltender Eamon McAdam to a one-year, American Hockey League contract. The announcement came today from Binghamton’s General Manager, Tom Fitzgerald. 

McAdam, 24, split the 2018-19 season between the Toronto Marlies and ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers. In 19 games with the Marlies, the Perkasie, PA native had a 2.99 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage. In 19 games with the Growlers, McAdam recorded a 2.62 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage as Newfoundland went on to capture the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Championship.

Overall, McAdam has played in 55 regular-season AHL games with Bridgeport and Toronto. In the ECHL, the netminder has played in 65 games for Missouri, Worcester, and Newfoundland. Prior to his professional career, McAdam spent three years at Penn State University.

UB’s Maddie Norton Signs With Beauts

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Maddie Norton, a 5-3 forward who last season scored 46 goals in 18 games for the University at Buffalo, has signed with the Buffalo Beauts.

“Maddie is a dynamic forward with soft hands and outstanding scoring touch,” said Buffalo head coach Pete Perram.

A Buffalo native, Norton was one of the finest players in the school’s history for ACHA Division II women’s hockey. She helped lead the Lady Ice Bulls to College Hockey East championship victories in 2017 and 2018. The team also made it to the ACHA Div. II Nationals in each season of her four-year tenure at UB. For her career at UB, Norton was 137-55-192 in 61 regular season games.

Norton exploded in scoring during the 2018-19 season with her 48 goals, and led the team in points with 62, which was 28 points more than the next highest scorer. Norton was named ACHA First Team All-Athletics and was the association’s Zoe Harris Player of the Year recipient.

Asked what she brings to the Beauts’ lineup, Norton said, “A determined mindset and energy – a drive to be better every day. I expect to develop into a better overall player that will help bring success to the team. I also expect to learn quite a bit from my new teammates and coaches.”

While playing for the Beauts, Norton will be pursuing a personal training certification and continuing to build her hockey apparel and training businesses.

“Being able to play in the NWHL and for the Beauts means the world to me,” said Norton. “I am being given the opportunity to compete with some of the best players from all around the world, and it’s a blessing. This is a great opportunity to use my voice to raise awareness for the women’s game, which is something I am passionate about.”

Thompson Returns To Thunder

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GLENS FALLS, NY – The Adirondack Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, announced that they have signed defenseman Blake Thompson to a contract for the 2019-20 season.

Thompson, 26, is back in Glens Falls after putting up a professional best 21 points (6 goals, 15 assists) in 72 games played this past year. 2019-20 will be the Listowel, ON native’s second full season with the Thunder after he joined the team following his stint with the Cincinnati Cyclones in December of 2017. Thompson played in 44 games that season with Adirondack and had one goal and six assists.

“We are extremely happy to have Blake back this season,” Thunder Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Alex Loh said. “He made great strides last year and was a guy we trusted and relied on when we looked at our defense. We are excited to see what he will bring to the table come October.”

Before his time in the pro ranks, Thompson played four seasons for St. Norbert College (NCAA D-III), notching 73 points (19 goals, 54 assists) in 112 games. The 6’1, 205-pound defenseman earned all-conference honors in his sophomore and junior seasons. During Thompson’s freshman season, the Green Knights won the NCAA D-III Championship.

Thompson played one season in 2012-13 with the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League. With the Grizzlies, Thompson netted four goals, added 22 assists and was a +39 in 47 games played.

RPI Men’s Hockey Adds Skidmore To Staff

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TROY, N.Y. – The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s hockey team has added volunteer assistant coach Nate Skidmore to its staff, it has been announced. Skidmore joins the staff of third-year head coach Dave Smith, along with full-time assistant coaches Scott Moser and Chuck Weber for the upcoming season.

A 2019 graduate of SUNY Potsdam, Skidmore was a goaltender and four-year member of the Bears hockey program, finishing his career with 47 games, including 42 starts. He compiled a 14-23-5 overall record, with a 3.35 goals against average and an .893 save percentage. Earning the team’s Most Valuable Player Award as a senior, he went 7-14-1 with a 3.40 goals against average and an .899 save percentage in 22 games.

Skidmore was a four-year American Hockey Coaches Association Academic All-America honoree as well as a Maxcy Molnar Award winner in 2019. He garnered Outstanding Instructional Design from Potsdam’s School of Education and Professional Studies in his senior year, as well as Outstanding Exercise Science Student of the Year in 2018.

The Director of Goaltending and head coach at the CanAm Group over the last two summers, Skidmore has spent seven years as a strength and conditioning coach and head instructor at the Palmer Goalie Systems Elite Goalie Campus in Syracuse. He also has experience as a coach and evaluator with USA Hockey and strength and conditioning coaching work during his four years at Potsdam, while also interning at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Boston during the Summer of 2017.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Skidmore earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Potsdam in Pre-Professional Exercise Science with a minor in Business Administration in 2018, before continuing to receive a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership in 2019.

Julie Hudson Promoted To Asst. AD at Manhattanville

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PURCHASE, N.Y. – The Manhattanville College Department of Athletics and Recreation and director of athletics Ed Manettaannounced the promotion of Julie Hudson to the role of assistant athletic director/compliance assistant. Hudson previously held the title of assistant to the director of athletics for five years before adding on compliance assistant responsibilities last year.

“In my nearly two years with Manhattanville, Julie has been one of if not the most valuable member of the athletics department,” said Manetta. “To me, the decision to promote her was an easy one. For the previous five years, she has and will continue to ensure that the Manhattanville Department of Athletics and Recreation successfully operates on a day-to-day basis.”

In her new role, Hudson will continue to be responsible for assisting the director of athletics in day-to-day administrative functions. She will also continue to co-direct the office of compliance along with the compliance coordinator. Hudson will continue to assist in travel logistics for all 22 varsity programs and oversee all of the athletics graduate assistants. She will continue to serve as the department’s office manager as well as the assistant to the athletic director and supervise all coaches on administrative duties.

“I am beyond grateful and excited to take on my new role as Assistant Athletic Director,” said Hudson. “I want to thank Ed ManettaJulene Caulfield and the entire athletics staff, past and present, for helping me to grow both professionally and personally during my time here at Manhattanville. Being a Valiant is unlike any other college experience in that you become a part of a family. I am honored and eager to continue my growth with the Valiant family and work together to further improve the student experience.”

Hudson will continue to plan the department meetings and events, handling all of the schedules, agendas and orders as well as act as a liaison to the rest of the college departments for all special events, including alumni events, fundraising, student-athlete meetings, Hall of Fame and more. She will also continue to assist with the reconciliation of department finances and management of game contracts for all 22 varsity programs.

Hudson, an alumna of both the undergraduate and graduate programs at Manhattanville, was awarded her bachelor’s degree in English in May 2013, graduating magna cum laude. A highly recognized student, Hudson received Portfolio Honors and Departmental Honors, was a member of the Dean’s List during every semester of her undergraduate career and was a Board of Trustees Scholarship winner. In August of 2014, she completed her masters in teaching with a 4.0 GPA.

RIT’s Baker Signs With Riveters

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It wouldn’t be a stretch to call them the RITveters now.

After signing Kendall Cornine and Mallory Rushton over the last week, the Metropolitan Riveters today added defensive forward Brooke Baker from the Division I program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Baker completed her 123-game, four-year college career at RIT earlier this year.

“Brooke is the kind of determined, gritty and responsible player Coach Ivo Mocek and I believe is a perfect fit for the team we are building,” said Riveters general manager Kate Whitman Annis.

Asked to describe her style of play, Baker said, “I consider myself a defensive forward who is relentless and hard-working.” She added, “I’m really looking forward to a great season ahead.”

Prior to RIT, Baker – a native of Saline, Michigan – developed as a player with the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles and played in the Little Caesars program.

The Riveters have also re-signed defender Lexi Slattery. The Minnesota native appeared in seven games for the Riveters last season. She began her collegiate career at Providence before transferring to St. Cloud State for her final two seasons. In total, she recorded 44 points (11-33-44) in 125 collegiate games.

Before joining the Riveters, Slattery spent the 2016-17 season with IF Sundsvall/Timra of the SDHL, where she recorded a goal and nine assists in 21 games.

Beauts Sign RIT’s Sheriff

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he Buffalo Beauts have signed forward Kandice Sheriff, a native of Brampton, Ontario who earlier this year completed her college career at RIT.

“We really like Kandice’s speed, strength and ability on special teams,” said Buffalo head coach Pete Perram. “We believe she can develop into a solid power forward for us.”

Sheriff played 98 games at RIT, scoring six goals and adding 16 assists.

Beauts GM Mandy Cronin said, “Kandice’s experience at the NCAA Division I level has prepared her for this next step, and I’m confident she will contribute to our success this season.”

Prior to attending RIT, Sheriff played for the Leaside Junior Wildcats of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League and attended Pickering-PEAC School.

“I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to play for the Buffalo Beauts this season and to join the rest of the players of the NWHL,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to the start of training camp and getting ready for the start of the season.”

Syracuse U’s Avery To Join Riveters Lineup

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The Riveters have added some offensive punch with the signing of Brooke Avery out of Syracuse University. The 5-10 forward scored 24 goals over the last two seasons at Syracuse.

A New Hampshire native, Avery scored the game-winning goal and earned an assist in Syracuse’s win over Robert Morris in the CHA Tournament championship game, giving the Orange their first conference title and berth in the NCAA Tournament.

“Coming off a memorable season at Syracuse, I’m eager to play at the next level and be a part of another championship team,” said Avery. “I’m excited to continue my playing career and start a new chapter with the Rivs. I will continue to develop areas where I need to improve while excelling in other aspects of my game. I’m grateful for the opportunity the NWHL and Riveters have offered and honored to be a role model for the future of the sport.”

Avery led Syracuse with 14 goals in her junior year. Her 22 points last season (10 goals and 12 assists) were tied for second on the team.

“Brooke has talent, power and a great deal of dedication to her game,” said Riveters GM Kate Whitman Annis. “We are delighted to add her to the Riveters lineup.”

RPI’s Smith To Participate In NY Sports Day

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will offer fans the opportunity to learn about the many teams and leagues with a home field advantage in the Capital Region during New York Sports Day at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prominently featured will be Rensselaer Athletics with head men’s hockey coach Dave Smith on hand to meet fans.

Fans in attendance will also take home the third giveaway of the season: a Saratoga beach towel, presented by Upstate Ford Dealers. The circular beach towel features a colorful rendering of a thoroughbred and jockey charging down the track. Giveaways are free with paid admission, while supplies last.

The Albany Empire, fresh off their win in ArenaBowl XXXII, will offer fans the chance to view the Arena Football League championship trophy and meet several of the team’s players during New York Sports Day.

Additionally, Siena Saints men’s basketball head coach Carmen Maciariello will join Coach Smith at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion during the afternoon.

The Pavilion will feature displays and exhibits from regional sports teams and athletic programs between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The teams will offer information about their upcoming seasons, as well as ticket and merchandise giveaways.

Other New York Sports Day participants include the Adirondack Thunder; Tri-City ValleyCats; and University at Albany Great Danes. Representatives and mascots from the participating teams will gather in the winner’s circle for the day’s fifth race, which is named in honor of New York Sports Day.

“The passion we witness each day from our fans is certainly part of what makes Saratoga such a special place. We look forward to highlighting nearby teams and athletic programs that benefit from the same enthusiasm of Capital Region fans who make this area such an exciting place for sports,” said NYRA Director of Guest Services Will Alempijevic. “We encourage everyone to join us as we kick off Travers Week with a day dedicated to celebrating local sports.”

New York Sports Day comes just three days before the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 24.

Beauts Sign Slovakia’s Curmova

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Lenka Čurmová, a 5-8 defender with significant experience playing for the Slovakia National Team, has signed with the Buffalo Beauts for the NWHL’s fifth season.

Čurmová, 22, has played for Slovakia internationally at the U18 and Women’s National Team levels in IIHF competition since she was 15 years old. She represented Slovakia at three U18 Division I-B World Championships, serving as an alternate captain in 2014 and team captain in 2015. In the 2015 tournament, she earned Best Defender honors, led all defenders in assists and points, and led the team to a bronze medal.

Čurmová has played for the Slovakian Women’s National Team at five World Championships and one Olympic qualifier, captaining the team in 2018.

“It is a dream come true for me to sign my first pro contract with the Buffalo Beauts and become a part of the NWHL,” said Čurmová. “I’m thankful for the opportunity and excited to work with my amazing teammates, Mandy Cronin and Pete Perram. Go Beauts!”

In the Elite Women’s Hockey League, Čurmová was 1-21-22 in 56 games with SKP Bratislava, where she was teammates with fellow Beauts Iveta Klimášová and Mariah Fujimagari. Čurmová played seven seasons for ZHK Sarisanka Presov in Slovakia’s premier women’s league, going 5-28-33 in 77 games.

“Lenka’s passion for the game and her determination to make her mark in the NWHL is evident from the moment you meet her,” said Buffalo GM Mandy Cronin. Added Beats head coach Peter Perram, “Lenka’s experience on the international stage, as well as her skill, power and speed, make her a great addition to the Beauts.”

Pride Signs RPI’s Renn

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Whitney Renn’s life in hockey has taken her from the Little Caesars youth program in her home state of Michigan to college hockey at RPI to a season of pro in Salzburg, Austria. Today, the 23-year-old defender-forward signed an NWHL contract to join the Boston Pride.

“I am inspired by the players of the Pride who have put a great emphasis on promoting women’s hockey through their great play in the NWHL and their work with youth at skills clinics, off-ice programs and Q&A sessions,” said Renn. “I want to be part of all of that, too. The NWHL and the Pride provides a platform for me to inspire a younger generation of players – something I will not take for granted. I am humbled to be signing with a team that is committed to advancing women’s hockey across all levels.”

Renn played 131 games at RPI over four seasons from 2014-2018. Last season with DEC Salzburg Eagles of the EWHL, she was 3-12-15 in 20 regular season and playoff games.

A native of Troy, Michigan, Renn is moving to Boston to play in the NWHL, secure a job utilizing her RPI degree in Business Management, and apply to law schools.

Regarding her goals for hockey, Renn said, “This season I will continue to work on each phase of my game, learn from my teammates, grow as a player, and get better in order to help the team however I can. I am looking forward to being surrounded by great players and a coaching staff who are backed by a league whose mission I support.”

RIT’s Rushton Signs With Riveters

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Bringing skill and versatility to the Metropolitan Riveters, 2019 RIT graduate Mallory Rushton has signed a contract for the NWHL’s fifth season that starts in October.

Rushton, who plays both forward and defense, completed her collegiate career ninth in RIT’s record books for games played (134). In 2018-19, she finished fourth on the team in points, with 5-10-15 in 35 games.

“Mal is a highly-talented player who will bring her determination and drive to the Riveters this year,” said GM Kate Whitman Annis. “She takes smart, calculated risks and is creative with her game. Her style of play will fit well with Coach Ivo Mocek’s plans for our team.”

A native of Amherst, Nova Scotia, Rushton earned College Hockey America All-Academic honors in each of her four years. Prior to RIT, she attended New Hampton Prep School and also played varsity soccer and lacrosse.

“I am very excited to get started with the Rivs this season and thankful for the opportunity to continue my hockey career professionally in the NWHL,” said Rushton. “I can’t wait to bring energy and passion to the rink every day.”