St. Cloud State outgoing senior goalie Katie Fitzgerald made history on Friday when she became the first women’s player in St. Cloud State University history to sign a professional contract, inking with the New York Riveters of the NWHL.
Fitzgerald had a 2.99/.907 stat line with a 12-18-4 record last year, and made the second-most saves in the league last year.
The Riveters were previously thought to be set in goal, signing Yale alum Jaimie Leonoff, one of the league’s top goalies last year, in free agency, and signing South Korean goalie Sojung Shin in late-July. Potential visa issues may have prevented Shin from playing with the Riveters this year, however.
Fitzgerald will likely begin her NWHL career as the back-up to the veteran Leonoff. The Riveters finished last in the four-team league last season, but are expected to rebound this year after the high-profile signings of Leonoff and Amanda Kessel.
Fitzgerald discussed her signing with the Riveters in this video: