The first signing of the 2020-21 NWHL season is now official. The Metro Riveters inked forward Kendall Cornine to a contract on Thursday morning. Cornine, an all-star this past season, just finished her first season in the NWHL. In 24 games, Cornine scored 24 points (13-11-24). That was good for third on the team in scoring behind Madison Packer and Kate Leary.
Prior to joining the Riveters, Cornine played four seasons of college hockey at RIT. She served as a captain for the ECAC club in both her junior and senior seasons. While there, Cornine became the program’s all-time leading scorer at the NCAA D-1 level, finishing her career with 64 points (38-26-64) in 140 games.
“This year was by far my favorite year of hockey,” Cornine, a New Jersey native, told the NWHL’s official website. “I couldn’t have asked for better teammates, coaches, and staff. The NWHL has given me an opportunity to fall back in love with the game and fulfill my dream of playing professional hockey. Coming back to the Rivs next season is a decision I didn’t need to think twice about, and I look forward to continuing my future as a Riveter.”
Cornine will not just continue her professional career next season. She’ll also be continuing a coaching career that started last season at the high school level. Cornine serves as an assistant coach for both the boys’ and girls’ hockey teams at Morristown-Beard. She’s also the coach of the girls’ lacrosse team and a coach in the New Jersey Colonials youth hockey program.