Veteran defender Kiira Dosdall, one of the game’s most respected players, is back for a fifth season with the Metropolitan Riveters.
The versatile Dosdall enters this season second in points (23) among defenders in franchise history. She’s also third among defenders in NWHL history in power play points (13) and is tied with Boston Pride center Jillian Dempsey for the league lead in all-time games played.
“I am inspired by the mission and work of the NWHL, and I am proud to play for a league that was founded by women, and for female athletes and the fans who believe in them,” said Dosdall. “I believe that future generations deserve more, and I am motivated to further build on this foundation with the NWHL. Can’t wait to start season 5!”
Dosdall is among eight players who will have played in each of the NWHL’s five seasons. She joins teammate Madison Packer of the Riveters; Corinne Buie of the Buffalo Beauts, Jordan Brickner, Elena Orlando and Shannon Doyle of the Connecticut Whale, and Dempsey and Kaleigh Fratkin of the Boston Pride.
Dosdall, a 2018 Isobel Cup champion, amassed 63 points in 134 games at Colgate University, including 24 points in 36 games in her senior season. She was named All-ECAC as a junior and senior and was named the team’s most valuable defensive player in 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2013, she became the first and last player from Colgate to be drafted in the CWHL when she was selected 40th overall by the Boston Blades.
After her collegiate career, the Connecticut native played four seasons in the EWHL (Elite Women’s Hockey League) with EHV Sabres Wien. While playing hockey in Austria, Dosdall established herself as an elite offensive defender, scoring at least 10 goals in three consecutive seasons and piling up 119 points in 66 games. She played one season in the CWHL in 2013-14 before joining the then-New York Riveters in the NWHL’s inaugural season in 2015-16.
“We are incredibly happy to welcome Kiira back for her fifth season,” said Riveters GM Kate Whitman Annis. “As an original Riveter, she will bring her years of experience in the league to help lead this young, talented team to the Isobel Cup once again.”
The Riveters kick off the season on Oct. 5 with a home game against the Boston Pride. Tickets are available now at NWHL.zone/tickets.
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