by NWHL Media

The Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) will host a clinic for members of the Junior Rangers and Lady Hawks hockey programs in Central Park on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m.

All fans are invited to attend to watch the clinic and receive autographs from Riveters players after the event, which will take place at Central Park’s Lasker Rink – an affiliate rink of the Junior Rangers and the home rink of the Lady Hawks’ program.

Prior to this season, the New York Rangers’ Junior Rangers program started its Girls Hockey League, built specifically for girls ages 11-14. Riveters captain Madison Packer, forward (and Long Island native) Cailey Hutchison, and former Riveters all-star defender Michelle Picard are among the many top players to lead clinics for the program. The Lady Hawks are one of the more than 150 teams in North America that are part of the Jr. NWHL – the league’s official youth affiliate program. The stated mission of the Lady Hawks program is “to be an inclusive environment where the players can thrive.”

Joining the Riveters will be former New York Rangers wing Brian Mullen, who was raised in New York City. The players from the Junior Rangers and Lady Hawks programs will be led by the pros through a series of instructional and fun drills.

“My teammates and I are proud to host the clinic for the Central Park Lady Hawks and Junior Rangers because we always embrace the opportunity to serve as role models for the next generation,” said Packer, who won an NCAA championship with Wisconsin and has been with the NWHL since its inception in 2015. “It’ll be fun to be outside in Central Park and to meet more of the dedicated hockey fans of New York City.”

The outdoor event comes just nine days before the Riveters take on the Beauts in the Labatt Blue NWHL Buffalo Believes Classic on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at RiverWorks, located on the banks of the Buffalo River. The Classic is the first regular season outdoor game in league history. Lasker Rink is located in the North Meadow section of Central Park. The Park entrance that is closest to the rink is at 110th St. and Lenox Ave.