NEW YORK, NY. – The New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) added Kiira Dosdall (Vienna Sabres) and Morgan Fritz-Ward (Quinnipiac) to their roster, general manager Dani Rylan announced on Tuesday.
Morgan Fritz-Ward captained the Quinnipiac Bobcats to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Hockey Championship Quarterfinals, finishing the season with 19 points (4g, 15a) in 38 games. The forward ended her collegiate career with a total of 42 points (16g, 26a) in 124 games. Prior to playing at Quinnipiac, Fritz-Ward left her hometown of Mason City, IA, to play for the Minnesota Ice Cats.
“Words cannot describe how I feel about being apart of this first season. It's really a dream come true. I've always dreamed about playing professional hockey and to be one of the first to start is an amazing opportunity!” Fritz-Ward said.
In her senior season at Colgate in 2008-2009, defenseman Kiira Dosdall scored 24 points (5-19) in 36 games played and was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award. She finished college with a total of 63 points (11g, 52a) in 134 games played and remains Colgate’s second all-time leading scorer for defensemen.
After Dosdall finished her NCAA career, she left for Austria to play for the Vienna Sabres, where she helped win four straight Austrian titles and three European League titles. Dosdall is the first player to be named to the EWHL All-Star team for four years in a row. Last season, she played with the Boston Blades of the CWHL.
“I am excited for the opportunity to play with and against the best players in the world,” Dosdall said. “I am incredibly honored to be a part of such a historic moment in women's hockey and I can't wait to make an impact both on the ice and in the community.”
The Riveters previously announced the signings of former RIT captain Celeste Brown and Austrian national team member Janine Weber.
For more information on the free agency period and any of the league's other signees, please visit NWHL.co.