Cornell Hockey alum goaltender Scrivens signs pro deal with New York. No, the other Scrivens.

August 12, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

A Big Red Hockey goaltender named Scrivens has just signed a professional goaltending deal, but this time it's Jenny Scrivens. The Cornell alum and wife of NHL netminder Ben Scrivens has signed with the New York Riveters of the brand new National Women's Hockey League.

Jenny Scrivens playing goal at the Racker Rivals Big Red charity hockey game this summer. 14850 photos by Mark H. Anbinder.Jenny Scrivens playing goal at the Racker Rivals Big Red charity hockey game this summer. 14850 photos by Mark H. Anbinder.Jenny (then Niesluchowski) Scrivens played three seasons for Cornell Women's Ice Hockey, recording a .916 save percentage and 2.56 goals against average in her final season with the Big Red. The star of W Network TV series "Hockey Wives" was in Ithaca this summer to play in goal for the star-studded Racker Rivals Big Red charity hockey game to benefit the Franziska Racker Centers, a local non-profit that supports people with disabilities and their families.

"It's an exciting time for women's hockey and women's sports in general with increasing numbers of fans tuning in to watch international competition," says Scrivens. "I'm determined to continue to grow the game and encourage more girls and young women to play."

Scrivens faces down Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta at last month's charity game.Scrivens faces down Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta at last month's charity game.Scrivens played for the California Selects before heading to Ithaca and playing for the Big Red. Goaltender of the year in 2005, she led the Selects under-18 AA team to win the National Ice Hockey Championship.

She'll be joining her husband Ben, also a Cornell hockey alum, in the pros. He landed in the net for the Toronto Maple Leafs thanks to a combination of stellar play in the minors and a spate of injuries to other goalies, before he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. He's currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers, and was also on the ice for the Racker Centers charity game. It's reportedly the first time a married pair will play professional hockey at the same time; other couples who have played pro hockey were not playing at the same time.

The New York Riveters will play home games at Brooklyn's new Aviator Sports & Events Center, part of a massive complex at the former Floyd Bennett Field, New York City's original municipal airport. Their home opener is Sunday, October 18th against the Boston Pride, who'll be playing home games at Harvard University's Bright-Landry Center. The Riveters will be starting the season on the road against the Connecticut Whale at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, and will make their first away trip to Western New York to face the Buffalo Beauts on December 27th.

Riveters general manager Dani Rylan says, "We look for Jenny to be a leader in the locker room, as well as a solid presence on the ice when she is needed." Scrivens will be one of three goaltenders on the Riveters' roster. "Signing three goaltenders to each NWHL team provides the team with stability in case of an injury, and allows the coaching staff to run complete practices and have options when they want them," Rylan adds.

The New York team has also signed Team Japan's Nana Fujimoto and Union record-holder Shenae Lundberg to their roster. Teams in the four-team NWHL have until August 17th to sign players.

"Getting involved with community initiatives is important to me, and I look forward to giving back to the fans in Brooklyn for welcoming and supporting us," Scrivens says.

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