NEWHA Defender of the Year Bridgette Prentiss Signs with the Riveters
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 14, 2020
NJ/NY – Bridgette Prentiss, the 2019-20 New England Women’s Hockey Alliance Defender of the Year, has signed a contract to play for the Metropolitan Riveters. In April, the Riveters selected Prentiss in the fourth round of the 2020 NWHL Draft after she starred at Franklin Pierce University.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to start my professional hockey career, and I can’t wait to see what my future as a Riveter has in store,” said Prentiss. “I want to thank all my college coaches, especially Coach (David) Stockdale, my teammates, and my family, who have all helped me reach my goal of playing pro hockey. I would not be where I am today without them.”
In addition to being named the league’s Defender of the Year in 2020, Prentiss earned All-NEWHA First Team honors for the third time in her four years at Franklin Pierce. She led the league in scoring, with 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points in 31 games. Her 45 points set a new school record, and her 13 power play goals were tied for first in the nation.
Prentiss, who was captain in her senior year at Franklin Pierce, previously played at the Nichols School in Buffalo.
“I’m very happy for Bridgette and so proud of her earning this opportunity in the NWHL with the Riveters,” said Franklin Pierce head coach David Stockdale. “Her growth as a player and a leader over the course of her career has been exceptional, culminating in a very special senior season. She has meant so much to our program and has set a standard for all others to strive for. I can’t wait to watch her begin this next chapter in her career.”
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