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Kelsey Koelzer Is Back with the Riveters

August 1, 2018 - National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) - Metropolitan Riveters News Release

The defending Isobel Cup champions have received a massive shot in the arm with the return of defender Kelsey Koelzer, the first overall pick in the 2016 NWHL Draft. Koelzer has re-signed with the Metropolitan Riveters for the 2018-19 season.

In addition to helping lead the Riveters to the Isobel Cup in her first full professional season, Koelzer was a finalist for NWHL Rookie of the Year and Best Defender, and played for Team NWHL in its series against the U.S. Olympic Team. Koelzer was also co-MVP (with Buffalo's Hayley Scamurra) in the NWHL All-Star Game in Minnesota, and was the winner of the GoodWood Hockey Hardest Shot competition at the All-Star Skills Challenge.

"I'm looking forward to continuing to grow with the Riveters as both an individual player and with the team," said Koelzer, who was 5-9-14 in 15 games last season. "Having a full season under my belt, and a very successful one at that, I want to learn from the experiences and get better every day to help the team in any way possible."

A star collegiate player at Princeton, Koelzer was one of ten finalists in 2016-17 for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Award, presented to the best player in Division I women's college hockey. In 128 games over four seasons with Princeton, she had 39 goals and 61 assists for 100 points. As a senior, Koelzer finished second among all NCAA defenders in points-per-game (.94) and was First Team All-Ivy League.

Koelzer, a native of Horsham, Penn. who developed in the New Jersey Rockets program, has become one of the strongest role models in game.

"I'm very honored and humbled to be such an important role model to other young players in the athletic community," said Koelzer. "Knowing that I can make a difference in a young athlete's mind is very powerful for me and helps me push through the hard times. It definitely gives me an extra sense of motivation and reminds me why I sacrifice day in and day out to continue playing the game I love as a part of the NWHL."

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