The New York Riveters have signed South Korean goaltender Sojung Shin to a one-year contract worth $13,500 for the 2016-17 season. The deal was originally announced by Riveter’s general manager Chad Wiseman on Wednesday.
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“I heard the NWHL is one of the best league in the world,” Shin said. “I think the NWHL would give me a chance to develop for preparing 2018 Olympics. I’m honored to be part of New York Riveters team and excited to play in the NWHL for next season!”
Shin was an incredible collegiate talent in the CIS at St. Francis Xavier University. In her time playing collegiate hockey, she recorded 37 wins and posted a 1.46 goals against average, as well as a .944 save percentage in three seasons. She was also declared the MVP of the women’s hockey team at St. Francis for the 2015 season.
The Riveters also signed Rebecca Ruegsegger to be their new head goaltending coach, who also happens to be a South Korean National Team goaltending consultant. Ruegsegger had this to say about Shin:
“Sojung is a talented goaltender and a great teammate,” Ruegsegger said. “We are excited for her to join the Riveters organization and have the opportunity to compete against the top players in the world in preparation for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.”
In IIHF World Championship competitions, Shin has also been an elite talent. Since the age of 14, she has participated and medaled in seven IIHF World Championship tournaments in Divisions II and III, posting a 1.33 goals against average and a .954 save percentage. She was also named “player of the tournament” six times, and most recently in 2016.