Forward Tatiana Shatalova, who has played the last five years in the Russian Women’s Hockey League and in the national team program, is now a member of the Metropolitan Riveters of the NWHL. Shatalova, who turns 20 on Saturday, has signed with the Riveters for the upcoming season.
“Tatiana’s great quickness, smarts and strong shot will help lead our offensive attack,” said Riveters general manager Kate Whitman Annis. “She may be the youngest player in the league, but she has significant experience at the club and international level and has played against tough competition her entire life. As her development continues, Tatiana is going to be a great player for us.”
Shatalova was born in Minsk, Belarus and began playing street hockey at age 5. She took up ice hockey two years later and played on boys’ teams until her early teens. At 15, she signed her first professional contract to play for Biryusa Krasnoyarsk of the Russian Women’s Hockey League. A Russian citizen, she represented Russia at the U18 World Championships in 2016 and 2017.
“Signing my first NWHL contract is a special moment for me,” said Shatalova. “I’m dedicated to giving my all to the fans and my teammates and coaches with the Riveters. Being part of the NWHL and to have the opportunity to wear the Riveters’ jersey is a huge honor.”