Original NWHLer and 2020 All-Star defender Kiira Dosdall-Arena has signed a contract to play her sixth season for the Riveters. The 2018 Isobel Cup champion is second all-time in Riveters history in games played (80), penalty minutes (60) and points among defenders (25).
“I know that the passion of the NWHL’s leaders, players, GMs, coaches and amazing fans will continue to drive our league forward, and I can’t wait to work together to make progress on and off the ice in Season 6,” said Dosdall-Arena. “I am beyond excited, grateful and honored to be part of another season with the Riveters.”
Dosdall-Arena picked up two points in 13 games in the 2019-20 season in addition to scoring a goal in the 2020 NWHL All-Star Game for Team Dempsey. She became the eleventh defender in NWHL history to score 25 career points when she scored a goal against Buffalo on Feb. 16, 2020. Dosdall-Arena won an Isobel Cup with the Riveters in 2018 after scoring a career-high 10 points in the 2017-18 regular season.
Prior to playing in the NWHL, Dosdall-Arena played professional hockey in the Elite Women’s Hockey League (EWHL) with EHV Sabres Wien and in the CWHL for the Boston Blades.
She recorded 63 points in 134 games at Colgate University, and was named the team’s most valuable defensive player in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Dosdall-Arena was captain in her senior season in 2008-09 and had 5 goals and 19 assists for 24 in 36 games. For her outstanding play, she was nominated for the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Award.
“Working with Kiira on a contract to play another season with the Riveters was at the very top of our list of priorities for our team this offseason,” said head coach Ivo Mocek. “I had the opportunity to see first-hand everything Kiira has brought to the Riveters since day one. She brings experience and skill, and she’s always in peak condition. Having Kiira and Moose [Rebecca Morse] gives us two great role models for our young defenders.”
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