With the NWHL having only just completed its second season, “rookie” is a loose term to use. Many of these players have plenty of hockey experience under their belt, having competed at world championships and seen ice time in the CWHL. Having said that, it is still their first season in the NWHL, so it seems only fitting that there be an award for Best Rookie of the Year.
Last year the New York Riveters were at the bottom of the standings, having managed just four wins during the course of the season, and were swept by the Boston Pride in the Isobel Cup playoffs. Jump forward to the present day, and they have secured the second seed and have a winning record, but what has changed in the past year for such a drastic turn around?