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


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

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

covid-19, coronavirus

Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.29.12 AM

Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Minneapolis police

Mayor Frey, Minneapolis police chief reveal new 'no-knock' policy

The new policy for Minneapolis Police Department was announced Wednesday.

Teddy Bridgewater

Coller: It's a what-if Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater's return

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Ambulance hospital emergency

15-month-old girl's death being investigated by police in Fargo

The child died four days after being found unresponsive.