The New York Riveters of the National Womens Hockey League have signed Amanda Kessel to a one-year, $26,000 contract for the upcoming 2016–17 season, the team announced on Sunday.
“Amanda is a proven scorer and winner at every level,” Riveters GM Brad Wiseman said. “She is an offensive threat every time she is on the ice. We believe signing Amanda is an important first step in addressing our biggest off season need.”
Kessel tallied 248 points in 127 games at the University of Minnesota, and scored the game-winning goal in March’s NCAA national championship game. Her contract makes her the top paid player in the league, which is in the midst of its free agency period.
“Pumped to be a part of the [New York Riveters] and continue to grow women’s hockey!” Kessel tweeted on Sunday.
Kessel has also competed with USA Hockey, winning a silver medal in 2012 at the IIHF World Championship and gold in 2013.
– Kenny Ducey