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NY Riveters Name Former Rangers Winger, Chad Wiseman, Head Coach

Riveters begin play October 11



The New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League has named former New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks left winger, Chad Wiseman, their first head coach.

The Burlington, Ontario native spent 14 seasons playing professionally throughout Europe, Asia, the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. Wiseman comes to the Riveters, one of the NWHL’s original four teams, as a certified power skating instructor, shooting instructor, as well as a level four Power Edge Pro instructor.

The Sharks eighth round selection in the 2000 entry draft said, “Women’s hockey right now in North America is arguably the fastest growing sport. This league is not only great for women’s hockey, but hockey in general.” He added, “This is an exciting time for anyone to get involved in a piece of history. I’m happy and honored to be a part of it.”

Prior to making his NHL debut in 2002-2003, Wiseman played for the Cleveland Barons of the AHL. In 2003 he was traded to the Rangers, but due to the lockout that cancelled the 2004-2005 season, the number of games he played for the Blueshirts were limited.

In 2006, the Washington Capitals signed him as a free agent, utilizing him on their AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears. In the 2006-2007 season he put up 35 points for the Bears. After playing a season in Europe, Wiseman returned to North America in 2008, when he signed with the New Jersey Devils, but spent the season in the AHL with the Lowell Devils.

On January 17, 2010 while playing for the Lowell Devils, Wiseman scored four goals and two assists against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. He then matched the franchise record for most goals scored in a single game, on March 9, 2011 while with the Albany Devils, while setting the franchise record for most goals in a single period, by scoring four goals in a span of 9:03 versus the Bridgeport Soundtigers.

For the 2013-2014 season, Wiseman returned to Europe to play with Ostersunds IK in Sweden and then in 2014 signing a one year deal to play for the Nippon Paper Cranes in the Asian League in Japan. Over the course of his 14 year career he was an Ontario Hockey League and an AHL All-Star.

Wiseman said, “I believe in accountability, discipline, work ethic and complete levels. I want a fast in your face style of hockey that takes away the opponent’s time and space all over the ice. We will be an aggressive team.”

He added, “I am excited to get down to New York, meet the players and get training camp under way. The next six weeks will be busy making sure I have everything I need and I’m prepared when I get down to New York. I’m a strong believer in preparation and attention to detail.”

Wiseman becomes the second coaching announcement for the new league. The Boston Pride hired Bobby Jay prior to the Riveters announcement. The Riveters will play their home games at the Aviator Sports and Events Center at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY.

The puck drops on the 2015-2016 season on October 11 as the Riveters travel up to Stamford, CT to take on the Connecticut Whale before coming home to Brooklyn on October 18 when they host the Pride. For more information about the NWHL or its original four teams, the Riveters, Pride, Whale or Buffalo Beauts, fans can visit the leagues website at

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