Riveters Add Another Olympian In Defender Anna Kilponen
NEWARK, NJ -- The Metropolitan Riveters have signed Olympic defender Anna Kilponen to a Premier Hockey Federation contract for the 2022-23 season.
The native of Orivesi, Finland represented her country on the greatest stage in women’s hockey at just 18-years-old when she competed in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. It’s part of an accomplished international hockey resume that includes two medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship. She was part of bronze medal teams at the 2015 and 2017 tournaments respectively, and also earned bronze at the 2011 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. She competed in that event twice more and was named one of Finland’s top three players in both 2012 and 2013.
“For me, it seems like the Rivs has a growth mindset with not only developing the Rivs organization, but also women's game as a whole,” said Kilponen. “I really appreciate that and am very excited to be part of the process.”
Kilponen split the last two seasons playing professionally in Finland’s Naisten Liiga and Russia’s ZhHL, where she helped guide the KRS Vanke Rays to a 2021-22 title. Her collective regular season contributions between the two units totalled 16 points in 29 games last year. With Tampereen Ilves Naiset, the 27-year-old was a two-year captain and earned First All-Star Team honours in 2020-21 with a career-high 24 points in 28 games on seven goals and 17 assists.
She also has experience in the SDHL, playing one season during the 2019-20 campaign with Linkoping HC, recording three points on a single goal and two assists over 36 games.
Kilponen had a four-year NCAA career at the University of North Dakota and Quinnipiac University. As a two-year member of the North Dakota Fighting Hawks from 2015-17, Kilponen was appointed alternate captain for her Sophomore campaign where she tallied eight points in 37 contests before the institution’s program was cut. The Bachelor of Psychology and Management graduate spent the final two seasons of her collegiate tenure as a Bobcat from 2017-19, bringing her career totals to 124 games and 26 points.
Excited to return to North America to further extend her professional hockey career, Kilponen is looking forward to joining an enhanced pool of players and making a mark in the Premier Hockey Federation.
Remarked Kilponen: “I am excited for an opportunity to play with and against good players in the league, as well as gaining experience as a pro hockey player.”