Heading into the inaugural season of the New York Riveters, another proud member of the Providence Friars has opted to sign with the club. Having competed in 140 games with the Friars, Beth Hanrahan joins fellow alum Janine Weber, the first player ever signed to an NWHL contract.
Logging 75 points in her NCAA career, Hanrahan’s perseverance and work ethic exemplified a leadership that should translate well to NWHL play. Graduating with a degree in Health Policy Management and Sociology, she was the recipient of the 2015 Hockey East Sportsmanship Award, along with Hockey East All-Academic honors, she was also bestowed the honor of Team MVP in 2014.
During Hanrahan’s senior season with the Friars, Weber would go on to become the first European to score a Clarkson Cup clinching goal, helping the Boston Blades defeat their archrivals, the Montreal Stars. Coincidentally, Hanrahan and the Friars competed in a preseason game against the Stars, enduring a 4-1 loss.
With Hanrahan on the Riveters roster, there shall be no shortage of leadership. Named the team captain for her senior season, it resulted in her finest season offensively. Statistically, Hanrahan experienced a six-point improvement, registering 26 points, leading the team in scoring. In her sophomore and junior seasons, she logged consecutive 20-point efforts. Her finest performance came in a November 9 contest against the Connecticut Huskies, as she logged three assists.
Graduating as one of the Friars’ all-time leaders in games played with 143, she certainly brings high endurance to the ice. Having also won a New York State Championship in 2010 with the National Sports Academy, she is an ideal fit for the debut of professional women’s hockey in the state.