NWHL’s Riveters and Whale to Coach ‘Next Steps’ in NY Islanders Girls’ Hockey Program

by Dani Rylan

NEW YORK, March 4, 2021 – The New York Islanders have partnered with the Connecticut Whale and Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League to present a “Next Steps” series of clinics for girls age 5-12 in the NHL team’s Learn to Play program. Every clinic will be coached by four members of the NWHL.

For information and to register, visit NewYorkIslanders.com/LearnToPlay.

Sessions are every Friday from 4-5 p.m. beginning tomorrow, March 5, and continuing until April 23, with special three-hour events on Saturday, March, 26 and Sunday, March 27 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. as the Islanders celebrate Girls’ Hockey Weekend. All events are at the Northwell Health Ice Center, the Islanders’ training venue located at Eisenhower Park at 200 Merrick Ave. in East Meadow, N.Y. 

Among the Connecticut Whale leading the clinics are Kaycie Anderson (who played collegiately at Norwich University), Hanna Beattie (Williams College), Mackenzie Lancaster (Quinnipiac), Taylor Marchin (Yale), and Alyssa Wohlfeiler (Northeastern). Riveters veterans Kiira Dosdall-Arena (Colgate), Long Island native Cailey Hutchison (Maine), and Emily Janiga (Mercyhurst) are also among the coaches, as is NWHL founder Dani Rylan Kearney, who played collegiately at Northeastern.

“I always embrace the opportunity to help develop young hockey players and to work with a team like the New York Islanders, who have genuinely supported girls’ hockey and hockey as a sport for everyone through their words and their actions,” said Dosdall-Arena, an original NWHL player and Isobel Cup champion with the Riveters in 2018. “I look forward to hitting the ice at the Islanders’ world-class training facility and coaching the next generation of great players from Long Island and the metropolitan area.”

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to coach the Islanders’ Next Steps program alongside fellow NWHL players,” says Anderson, a veteran forward of four seasons with the Whale. “This is such a fun way to interact with young players and continue to advance girls’ and women’s hockey. It’s great to see the Islanders taking their Learn to Skate program to the next level by offering the Next Steps program for young girls to continue to enhance their skills and love for ice hockey.”

About W Hockey Partners

W Hockey Partners owns and operates four teams in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL):
Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, and Minnesota Whitecaps. The group is dedicated to advancing women's hockey, creating more opportunities for the best players to play professionally, and generating community impact. Visit whockeypartners.com to learn more.