The Buffalo Beauts traded Courtney Burke to the New York Riveters on Thursday afternoon for an additional $5,000 in salary cap space.
Burke signed a contract with New York for the 2016-17 season, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $17,000 contract.
“I really like the opportunity the Riveters have provided me with,” said Burke. “This opportunity will give me the ability to keep growing as a player. They are committed to making the best team possible and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Burke, a captain with the Univwrsiry of Wisconsin, scored 108 points (18g, 90a) in 158 NCAA games. She captained the Badgers and led all WCHA defensemen in points, points-per-game, and power-play assists in her senior season. Burke played for USA Hockey at the IIHF World Championship in 2011 and 2012, as well as the 2015 U-22 Series against Canada.
She was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NWHL Draft, fourth overall, by the Buffalo Beauts. In accordance with the draft tax bylaws, the Riveters will forfeit $5,000 from their salary cap to the Beauts.
Buffalo had of the best blue lines in the NWHL during its inaugural season with offensive generators Megan Bozek, Emily Pfalzer and defensive defender Paige Harrington on the back end. The Beauts could afford to give up Burke, a first-round draft pick, if it meant a higher cap limit to entice more high-skill players to the relatively remote team.