Metropolitan Riveters Re-Sign Madison Packer
Packer led the National Women’s Hockey League in goals this past season and was a finalist for the Most Valuable Player award. The Birmingham, Michigan native found the back of the net 10 times in 12 games during the 2017-2018 NWHL season.
The 27-year-old, former Wisconsin Badger has scored 21 goals and 17 assists in 45 games in three seasons with the Riveters. At the University of Wisconsin, she managed to light the lamp, 46 times while putting up 58 helpers in 146 National Collegiate Athletic Association matchups.
Packer helped the Badger capture a NCAA title during the 2011 Women’s Frozen Four. During her senior season, she was honored by being named to the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association Academic Team. She also helped Team USA capture the gold at the 2008 and 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation’s Under-18 World Championships.
Packer said, “I am excited to be back with the Riveters, and there is certainly some extra hype following a championship win last season. 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 hat is on the vision board. Every season is a fresh slate, and obviously there have been a lot of really big signings in the off-season in a lot of places, including us, so it could be an interesting season.”
She added, “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.”
Prior to her collegiate and professional career, she received her development with the U19 Little Caesars hockey team in Detroit.
Packer stated, “I wanted to continue my career because every year the league has gotten a little better. The front office, the structure of the NWHLPA, the talent in the league, the support we have… all these buckets get a little fuller each season, and it has been a special process to be a part of.”
She continued, “The biggest motivation to come back for me was my teammates. We have a lot of familiar faces returning, and some new ones as well. Chad Wiseman installed a great culture in our locker room back in the first year in Brooklyn, and it has followed the team through all of the ups and downs. We truly have a phenomenal group of not only athletes, but also people, who make going to the rink everyday fun, and that is what it is all about.”
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