The Metro Riveters are wasting no time putting together their 2020-21 roster. On Friday, the Riveters brought back Madison Packer for a sixth season. Packer is the second-leading scorer in NWHL history.
An Isobel Cup Champion in 2018, Packer has the honor of being the top scorer in Riveters franchise history. Packer had a career-high 34 points (13-21-34) in 24 games this past season. It was the second time in her career that she eclipsed the point-per-game mark. Packer had 18 points (10-8-18) in 12 games during the 2017-18 season.
Prior to joining the Riveters, Packer played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin. There, Packer won a National Championship (2011) and was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team in 2013-14. Packer finished her NCAA career with 104 points. At the time, she was one of 19 players in Wisconsin history to hit the 100 point mark.
“The 2019-20 Riveters were one of my favorite teams ever, and it was the most fun I’ve had playing hockey in a long time,” Packer told the league on Friday. “It was a fantastic year for the league and all of the players, as we showed everyone that we are here for business and aren’t going away. I look forward to continuing to be part of the league that is writing a narrative for women’s hockey and continuing to make history.”
Packer, a four-time NWHL All-Star, will be playing the 2020-21 season with extra purpose. It will be her first season playing the game as a parent.
“I never imagined I would have the opportunity to have a child of my own watching me play the game I love, and next season [wife] Anya and I will get to share those memories with our son,” Packer said in the release. “It’s something Anya and I are very excited for, and we feel blessed to have the opportunity to experience as a family.”