Skip to main content

Ex-Gopher Kessel is highest-paid women's hockey player at $26K

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Former Golden Gophers hockey star Amanda Kessel is now the highest-paid women's hockey player in America.

The National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) announced that Kessel has signed a one-year, $26,000 contract with the New York Riveters. It's the biggest contract in the league, surpassing the $25,000 deal one of Kessel's former Olympic teammates signed. But Pro Hockey Talk notes that Kessel's deal could be passed with free agency ongoing.

Kessel was a star for the Gophers before a concussion sidelined her for two years. She returned to the Gophers in February and scored the winning goal in the National Championship Game.

“I am beyond excited to join the New York Riveters and the NWHL next season,” said Kessel in a press release. “It is a great opportunity to help the league continue to grow and be a future dream for young girls. The fact that little girls can now say they want to play in the NWHL is inspirational for me and the future of women's hockey.”

Kessel is now one of the marquee stars in the NWHL and she's excited about the opportunity to pioneer the sport.

"I think it’s special," Kessel told USA Today. "That time off I had dealing with my injury (she missed two years with concussion issues) really made me appreciate that and want to help women’s hockey more. The amount of support I got when I came back and started playing hockey, it was just totally unexpected. What’s really cool about this league is that little girls can now grow up and instead of thinking they want to be an NHL player, they can think, 'I want to play in the NWHL.'"

The NWHL was established in 2015. The second season in league history begins in September.

Next Up

St. Louis County

St. Louis County set to declare state of emergency ahead of peak flood levels

Volunteers are urgently needed for sandbagging efforts in a small community near Voyageurs National Park.

Screen Shot 2022-05-16 at 5.03.30 PM

Brothers Bar & Grill closes in downtown Minneapolis

The Midwest chain closed its St. Cloud location in 2018.

Ken Jeong

Licensed physician Ken Jeong to do standup in MN this September

The licensed physician will take the stage at Treasure Island Resort and Casino on Sept. 30.

Osseo Police Department

Osseo PD says officer did not pursue suspect who caused fatal crash

The crash happened in Brooklyn Park early Sunday morning.

221 Main Street. E. Albert Lea

Suspect arrested after 3 family members stabbed in Albert Lea

The three victims are related, according to police.


Evidence that omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 are in Minnesota

The European CDC has warned of a possible significant summer surge fueled by the omicron subvariants.

driving unsplash - crop

Hastings man charged for driving drunk with 2-year-old in vehicle

Matthew Quade's BAC was almost five times over the legal limit when police pulled him over last week.

police lights

Arrest made after person shot at Hopkins apartment building

Police say this was an isolated incident and that the victim and suspect knew each other.


BA.2.12.1 omicron subvariant quickly becoming dominant in MN

Experts say the subvariant is more transmissible but there is not evidence to suggest it causes more severe disease.