New York, NY — Sojung Shin has signed a contract with the New York Riveters for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Chad Wiseman announced Wednesday. Shin and the Riveters agreed to terms on a one-year, $13,500 contract.
“I heard the NWHL is one of best league in the world,” said Shin. “I think the NWHL would give me a chance to develop for 2018 Olympics. I’m honored to be part of New York Riveters team and excited to play in the NWHL for next season!”
Shin played collegiately in the CIS at St. Francis Xavier University, where she collected 37 wins, a 1.46 GAA, and a .944 SV% in three seasons. She was named MVP of the women’s hockey team at St. Francis in 2015.
Shin has participated and medaled in seven IIHF World Championships (Division II/III) since age 14, earning a 1.33 GAA and .954 SV%. She was named Best Player of the tournament six times, most recently in 2016. Shin has also played for the South Korean National Team at two Asian Winter Games, two IIHF Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia tournaments, and the 2014 Olympic Games qualification round.
“Sojung is a talented goaltender and a great teammate,” said Rebecca Ruegsegger Baker, Riveters Head Goaltending Coach and South Korean National Team goaltending consultant. “We are excited for her to join the Riveters organization and have the opportunity to compete against the top players in the world in preparation for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.”
Restricted free agency began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Free agency began May 1 and lasts until July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft was on June 18.