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2017-18 NWHL MVP Finalist, Goals Leader Madison Packer Back with the Riveters

August 20, 2018 - National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) - Metropolitan Riveters News Release

Last season, Madison Packer- one of the top players in this league's young history - led the NWHL in goals, was a finalist for the league's MVP trophy, and won the Isobel Cup with the Metropolitan Riveters. It will not be a surprise to anyone who follows Packer's career to learn that she's back for more. Packer signed her contract this morning to play her fourth season for the Riveters.

"I am excited to be back with the Riveters, and there is certainly some extra hype following a championship win last season," said Packer. "I have faith in our team, and think that we have another great group prepared to make a run at the Cup, but we have a long way to go before that is on the vision board. Every season is a fresh slate, and obviously there have been a lot of big signings in the off-season in a lot of places, including for us, so it should be an entertaining season. If we stick to the culture and team dynamic that has been at the core of the organization from day one, we will have another successful season and control our own fate down the stretch."

The forward from Michigan, who was a member of the U19 Little Caesars hockey team in Detroit, scored 10 goals in 12 regular season games last season. Over three years with the Riveters, the 27-year-old Packer is 21-17-38 in 45 games.

At Wisconsin from 2010-2014, Packer was 46-58-104 in 146 games and won the NCAA championship with the Badgers in 2011. During her senior year, she was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team. She also won gold with Team USA at the 2008 and 2009 IIHF U18 World Championships.

"I wanted to continue my career because every year the league has gotten a little better," said Packer. "The front office, the structure of the NWHLPA, the talent in the league, the support we have...all these buckets get a little more full each season, and it has been a special process to be a part of. The biggest motivation to come back for me was my teammates. We have a lot of familiar faces returning, and some new ones who are great people as well. Chad Wiseman instilled a great culture in our locker room back in the first year in Brooklyn, and it has followed the team through all the ups and downs. We truly have a phenomenal group of not only athletes, but also people, who make going to the rink every day fun, and that's what it's all about."

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