Isobel Cup Winner Kelly Nash Returns to Riveters

by NWHL Media

The Metropolitan Riveters have made a big roster addition for the second half of the NWHL regular season, signing talented veteran forward Kelly Nash.

A member of the Riveters’ Isobel Cup championship club in 2018, Nash re-joined the team this week and could make her season debut in the Labatt Blue NWHL Buffalo Believes Classic on Saturday.

“Hockey fans know the high level of skill and leadership Kelly brings to our lineup,” said Riveters GM Kate Whitman Annis, who signed Nash on Christmas Eve to a contract for the remainder of the season. “Our coaching staff is really excited about the depth Kelly adds to our team.”

As a rookie with the Riveters in 2017-18, Nash scored two goals and added three assists for five points in eight regular season games, and she was named NWHL Player of the Week on Dec. 11, 2017. Nash scored a goal in the 2018 Isobel Cup Playoffs as the Riveters went on to win the championship.

"I’m extremely proud to be a part of the Riveters and the NWHL” said Nash. “It has been fun to be back with my old teammates and getting to work with all of the talented, new players that have become Riveters! I’m committed to helping the team compete for the Isobel Cup in every way I can. I’m really looking forward to seeing our fans at the games! This is going to be a thrilling sprint for the final three months of the season."

Nash also appeared in six games for the Riveters last season. Over the last six years, she served as an assistant coach at Princeton (2017-2019) and the University of Vermont (2013-2017).

In 2009 and 2011, Nash won NCAA championships as a player with the University of Wisconsin. In 153 collegiate games, Nash totaled 69 points on 22 goals and 47 assists. Nash, who has also played professionally in Europe, scored 14 goals and earned 34 assists in her NCAA career with the Badgers. As a senior in 2010-11, she received Wisconsin's Jeff Sauer Most Dedicated Player Award and was on the WCHA's All-Academic Team.

Photo Credit: Michelle Jay