June 5, 2018 – In an historic event for professional women’s hockey, the NWHL and Sweden’s SDHL have partnered on the creation of the first-ever Champions Cup. The Isobel Cup champion Metropolitan Riveters will travel to Sweden to play a three-game series against SDHL champion Luleå Hockey at Norrbotten Arena.
The series will take place between Sept. 26–30. All three games will be played even if one of the teams wins the first two. In addition, a clinic for young players in the community will be jointly run by players and coaches with the Riveters and Luleå.
“The inaugural Champions Cup, in partnership with our friends at the SDHL, launches the first series between champions in professional women’s hockey leagues in North America and Europe,” said NWHL Founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan. “Over time, we anticipate that it will expand. Our goal is to further expose the women’s game and these athletes and role models to fans around the world. The NWHL and Riveters are looking forward to a memorable week of hockey in Sweden.”
Said Katie Fitzgerald, the Riveters’ goaltender who was MVP of the 2018 Isobel Cup Playoffs: “My teammates and I are looking forward to playing in the first Champions Cup, competing against the great players of Luleå, and shining a light on the game and the NWHL in Europe. It’s a privilege to have this opportunity and we’re going to make the most of it.”
Game dates and times, along with ticket and broadcast information for the inaugural Champions Cup will be available at a later date.
“Like our colleagues at the NWHL, the SDHL believes strongly in collaboration across all leagues to help push women's hockey forward,” said SDHL Commercial Director Angelica Lindeberg. “We are proud to host the Champions Cup in Sweden and expect it will be a great success on many levels. We're looking forward to this groundbreaking event, and we welcome the Riveters to Luleå. May the best team win!”