The NWHL made official its flagship team’s move to New Jersey Monday morning when it announced the new home of the New York Riveters: the New Jersey Devils practice facility in Newark, New Jersey.
Known as the Barnabas Health Hockey House and situated within the Prudential Center complex, the rink hosted the first Isobel Cup Final between the Boston Pride and the Buffalo Beauts as well as a three-day June free agent camp for the league.
It is one of two practice facilities in the country owned and operated by an NHL team.
The move puts the Riveters on the map – quite literally, for those who take public transportation. Although the rink is smaller than Aviator in Brooklyn, the home of the Riveters in their inaugural season, and seats fewer than 800, its location on PATH transit and New Jersey Transit is easily accessible from Manhattan and New Jersey, making the commute significantly shorter for fans and players alike.
The brighter facility will also be an improvement over Aviator, where players often strained to track the puck in the corners.
“We’re very excited to make the move to Newark for our second season,” said Riveters general manager and head coach Chad Wiseman per the press release. “The Barnabas Health Hockey House staff have been very welcoming and we’re excited to continue to grow our fan base into New Jersey.”
“The National Women’s Hockey League has done an amazing job showcasing its talented athletes and providing inspirational stories to hockey fans everywhere,” said Hugh Weber, president of Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Riveters to Newark and share a vision with the team and the league to grow the sport in our communities throughout New Jersey. Women’s hockey plays a critical role in the development of young athletes and we are excited to be an integral part of the movement.”