Anya Packer Named Riveters General Manager
Kate Annis becomes Director of Operations for W Hockey Partners
April 8, 2021 (New York) – The Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League today announced that Anya Packer has been named the club’s new General Manager. Packer, who most recently served as Executive Director of the NWHL Players Association, succeeds Kate Annis, who will take over as Director of Operations for W Hockey Partners.
“We are making these important changes to strengthen our organizations heading into the NWHL’s seventh season,” said WHP President Andy Scurto. “Anya and Kate are highly capable, dynamic professionals and I look forward to working closely with them both.”
Packer will oversee daily operations for the Riveters with responsibilities in both team and player management. The former Connecticut Whale defender will also work on the business side to grow team partnerships particularly with sponsors such as NJ Lottery and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. She was recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for sports having fought to increase the league’s salary cap by 50% and negotiated the first 50/50 revenue share benefit which resulted in a 30% salary increase per player during her leading tenure with the NWHLPA.
“My time with the Players Association will be one that I cherish,” said Packer. “Alongside my player reps we have driven real and sustainable change with year-over-year increases to salary and benefits. I know that the direction the NWHLPA is going will continue to provide an outstanding platform for our professional athletes. As I transition into this new role, I aim to strengthen one of the NWHL’s best brands. The Metropolitan Riveters organization is a powerhouse on the ice, and I look forward to the exciting horizons ahead!”
Annis will be responsible for overseeing the four NWHL organizations owned and operated by WHP including the Riveters, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, and Minnesota Whitecaps with a focus on building top-performing teams. She served as Assistant Coach for the Riveters during the 2018-19 season and was named General Manager prior to the 2019-20 season.
“I am thrilled to join W Hockey Partners,” said Annis. “I loved my time at the Riveters and look forward to continuing to grow the game for women and girls through W Hockey Partners in our four markets and beyond.”
Both Packer and Annis will transition into their new roles immediately in preparation for the NWHL’s seventh season in 2021-22.