Blueline Takes Shape As Riveters Sign Defender Ebba Berglund

by Anthony Baldini

NEWARK, NJ — The Metropolitan Riveters have signed international free agent defender Ebba Berglund to a one-year contract.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to be a part of the journey of changing the game of women’s hockey worldwide and setting the very best standards for all players,” said Berglund. "It’s also a great opportunity for me personally to take my game to the next level and get to experience the kind of environment the Riveters and the PHF provide.”

Joining a rebuilding Riveters team for the league’s eighth season, Berglund makes the transition from Sweden, where she last played professionally with HV71 Dam in the SDHL. 

Berglund made her professional debut in 2016-17 with MODO Hockey, helping the club secure a playoff berth while registering eight points (five goals, three assists) over 30 games. The Örnsköldsvik native then made the move to Linköping, holding steady on the blueline for 34 games while chipping in a goal and six assists. The left-handed shooter then proceeded to sign with Luleå HF as a free agent and reached new heights. Over three seasons from 2018-2021, Berglund secured a pair of league championships (2018-19, 2020-21), while skating in a total of 103 games, amassing 21 points on seven goals and 14 assists. She was a key fixture to the team during her tenure during each of the team’s three playoff runs, adding four assists through 26 contests.

Berglund’s aspirations for success prompted her to join forward Sarah Bujold with HV71 Dam for the 2021-22 season, where she took on a leadership role as an alternate captain. In 33 appearances she tacked on 13 points on two goals and 11 assists. 

Berglund plays a well-rounded game and brings to the Riveters elite-level competition experience from her time with the Swedish National Team, helping secure bronze at the 2016 IIHF U-18 World Championships. Berglund was also named to Sweden's Olympic qualifying roster ahead of the recent Beijing Olympic Winter Games. Partaking in each of Sweden’s five games, Berglund’s contributions were highlighted by scoring a go-ahead goal in a match against Denmark.

As she now embarks on a brand new chapter on a different continent with the Riveters, Berglund is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of something special in the PHF.

“I am super excited to be joining the Riveters for this upcoming season! “It’s going to be great being a part of an organization that’s striving to always develop its players and the game of women’s hockey. This is a team that wants to win and provides its players the environment to take the next step.”