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Riveters, Whale Trade Rights to Brandt and Trivigno

The New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League, announced the second trade of the offseason on Wednesday.

The general managers of the two teams, Chad Wiseman of the Riveters and Lisa Giovanelli of the Whale, made the announcement that their respective clubs swapped the rights to 2015 draft picks Hannah Brandt and Dana Trivigno.

Brandt, the first round pick of the Whale, was selected second overall in the 2015 NWHL Draft. In four seasons a forward with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, Brandt collected 115 goals and 170 assists for 285 points in 158 games.

Trivigno, the Riveters fourth round pick scored 57 goals and 81 assists for 138 points in 148 games with the Boston College Eagles. She also won a gold medal with Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship, last month.

In addition, the Whale will also receive 2,000 draft tax towards their salary cap from the Riveters, as part of the negotiations between Wiseman and Giovanelli.

Brandt and Trivigno will now be able to continue negotiating with their new clubs.

Wednesday’s trade marks the second trade between the two clubs this offseason. On Tuesday, the Whale and Riveters each swapped their second picks Haley Skarupa and Michelle Picard as well.

The restricted free agency period runs through April 30, with unrestricted free agency beginning on May 1 running through July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft will take place on June 18.

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