NEW YORK, NY – Former professional hockey player Chad Wiseman has been hired as head coach of the New York Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) for the upcoming season.
"Women's hockey right now in North America is arguably the fastest growing sport," said Wiseman, "This league is not only great for women's hockey, but hockey in general."
"This is an exciting time for anyone to get involved in a piece of history. I'm happy and honored to be a part of it," he continued.
Wiseman has 14 years of professional playing experience in the NHL, AHL, Europe, and Asia. The Burlington, Ontario native played in more than 700 games, including stints with the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers.
Wiseman comes to the Riveters as a certified power skating instructor, shooting instructor, and level 4 Power Edge Pro instructor. He was the on-ice coach at the Toronto stop on the Canadian Camp Series in early July.
"The majority of my coaching experience has come from my off-season team training, development, and conditioning programs," Wiseman said, "I have spent the last 6 years building my own brand in Burlington. I run power skating, skill development, and shooting camps."
Wiseman began his playing career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 1998. In his three years in the OHL, Wiseman scored 60 goals and potted 115 assists as a forward for the Mississauga IceDogs and Plymouth Whalers.
Drafted in the 8th round (264th overall) by the San Jose Sharks in 2000, Wiseman played for the AHL’s Cleveland Barons before making his NHL debut in the 2002-03 season. Wiseman was traded to the New York Rangers in 2003, but his number of games with New York were shortened by the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Wiseman signed with the Washington Capitals as a free agent in 2006 and played for Washington’s AHL affiliate Hershey Bears, scoring 35 points (15g, 20a) in the 2006-07 season.
Wiseman played one season in Europe with the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg of the DEL before returning to play in the AHL from 2008-2013, most recently for the Albany Devils. In the 2009-10 season, Wiseman collected 59 points (24g, 35a) in 67 games with the Springfield Falcons. Wiseman returned to Europe to spend 2013-14 with Östersunds IK in Sweden and signed a one-year contract in 2014 to play for the Nippon Paper Cranes in the Asian League (ALH) in Japan.
Wiseman was both an AHL and OHL All-Star during his 14-year professional playing career, scoring 631 points (242g, 389a) overall.
"I believe in accountability, discipline, work ethic, and compete levels," said Wiseman, "I want a fast in your face style of hockey that takes away the opponent's time and space all over the ice. We will be an aggressive team."
"I'm just excited to get started- to get down to NY, meet the players, and get training camp under way," Wiseman continued, "The next 6 weeks will be busy making sure I have everything I need and I'm prepared when I get down to NY. I'm a strong believer in preparation and attention to detail."
Wiseman is the second coach to be announced by the NWHL, following Bobby Jay, who will coach the Boston Pride.
The Riveters will play out of Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY, beginning with an away game at the Connecticut Whale on October 11th. Their first home game will be on October 18th versus the Boston Pride.
For more information about the NWHL or the Founding Four teams, please visit NWHL.co.