Adding depth to their blueline as Season 6 approaches, the Metropolitan Riveters have signed New Jersey native Allie Olnowich, who completed a standout collegiate earlier this year at Syracuse University.
“Growing up, it’s always the dream to play pro hockey, and I’m so proud to say I’m playing for my home team in New Jersey,” said Olnowich, who turned 22 in July. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to join the Riveters during this historic season, and I can’t wait to play some games.”
Olnowich played 131 games in her four years at Syracuse, never missing a game in her last two seasons. As a junior, she scored the game’s first goal and added an assist in Syracuse’s victory over Robert Morris in the CHA Tournament Final, giving the school both its first conference title and qualification for the NCAA Tournament.
Before attending Syracuse, Olnowich developed as a player in the New Jersey Colonials program and played for the Lawrenceville School. She was honored by NJ.com as First Team All-State in 2016 and Second Team All-State in 2014.
The 5-7 Olnowich joins a skilled Riveters defense that includes veterans Kiira Dosdall-Arena, Rebecca Morse and Leila Kilduff, and first-year NWHLers Saroya Tinker (the team’s first pick in the 2020 Draft), Czech Republic National Team player Sammy Kolowrat, Sam Fieseler, and 2020 fourth-round draft selection Bridgette Prentiss.
“In our recent practices, Allie has proved herself to be a valuable member of the Rivs’ defensive group,” said Riveters head coach Ivo Mocek. “She’s very athletic, a great skater with a hard shot, and has a fantastic attitude. Her addition gives us the needed depth on the back-end we were missing last season. I am very excited that Allie is joining the Riveters.”
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