New York Riveters general manager Chad Wiseman announced the signing of Rebecca Russo.
They agreed to a one-year, $13,000 contract.
I’m very excited to be a member of the 2016-17 New York Riveters team, and I’m grateful to continue my dream of playing hockey after college on a professional level. I am honored to have signed with this league and happy that women’s ice hockey is recognized at such an elite level.
Rebecca Russo – New York Riveters
Russo attended Shattuck St Mary’s for the final two years of her high school career. During her senior year, she led the team in goals.
During all four years of high school, Russo attended the U.S. National Camp. In 2011, Russo competed during the 2011 U18 summer series in Canada.
Russo would start her collegiate career at Boston University, scoring two points in the first three games of the 2012-13 season.
During the 2013-14 season, Russo played in all 38 games, tallying 11 goals and 10 assists. After scoring a goal and an assist in both the Hockey East Semi Finals and Finals games, Russo was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team.
She would finish the season second on the team with five power-play goals and two shorthanded goals.
When her junior year (2014-15) rolled around, Russo played in 37 games with Boston University, scoring 21 points. During her senior year (2015-16), things began to heat up. Russo started the season with three goals and three assists over the course of 4 games. In 39 games, Russo scored 15 goals and 23 assists. Russo was involved in 10 game-winning goals, three of which she scored.
Over the course of a seven-game point streak, Russo tallied five goals and seven assists. She even set the program record for most assists in one game (5). Russo also scored the fastest goal in program history within 12 seconds of the Boston University vs. Merrimack game.
Restricted free agency began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Unrestricted free agency began May 1 and lasts until July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft was on June 18.