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Tatiana Rafter the final piece in the Riveters puzzle

Tatiana Rafter, Emily Pfalzer at NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Boston Pride. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

After Tatiana Rafter announced via SB Nation blog Stanley Cup of Chowder she would sign with a Swedish team, as her former Buffalo Beauts teammate Lindsay Grigg did, Rafter pulled the piece from the blogging site because she had been asked to sign with the New York Riveters.

This was clearly a down-to-the-wire decision, making it likely Riveters general manager Chad Wiseman had someone different in mind for the position. Rafter, however, is a fair get for New York and will fit well on the third line, able to use her size and dedication to clear pucks out of corners for smaller snipers and net-crashers.

A power forward with terrific size and quick feet, she will complete the Riveters roster for the  2016-17 season. The two came to terms on a one-year, $16,500 contract, a raise of $1,500 from the year before. She played in 17 regular-season games for Buffalo last season and scored 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist).

Rafter is best known, however, for her sunny temperament and positive presence in the dressing room, which could be a benefit to New York during the upcoming season.

In her 5-year collegiate career at the University of British Columbia, Rafter scored 116 points (61 goals, 55 aassists). She was also a Second Team Canada West All-Star in 2014-15 and 2012-13.

“Tatiana is a big power forward with great speed,” said Wiseman. “Put with the right players, we believe Tatiana can have a breakout year offensively this season.”

Rafter is the last player to join the New York Riveters for the upcoming 2016-17 season, finalizing their roster.


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