The New York Riveters made yet another splash today as they signed Princeton standout Gabie Figueroa. The 23 year old defenseman hails from Branchburg, New Jersey. She played her entire high school and collegiate career in New Jersey and Connecticut making this move considerably more local for the Riveters than other recent transactions.
Figueroa had previously played for the Lawrenceville School, the Princeton Tiger Lilies, the New Jersey Colonials, and the Connecticut Polar Bears. She also won a silver medal in the 2009 IIHF U18 World Championships with the United states. She served as an alternate captain for Princeton in her junior year and a co-captain in her senior year.
Figueroa has spent some time as forward, but projects to play as a defenseman. Throughout her career in Princeton she scored 36 points in 113 games with 144 penalty minutes. She's clearly more of a defensive defenseman.
"Hockey has been one of the biggest parts of my life, so I am excited to have the opportunity to continue playing at a high level," Figueroa said, "My grandfather always tells me the harder you work, the luckier you get. I keep finding that to be true in all aspects of life, and I cannot wait to begin working hard with the Riveters."
The NWHL announced the signing via Twitter and a press release. For more on Figueroa's stats, visit her page on the USCHO website.