Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Ex-Gopher women's goalie Noora Räty signs with men's team

Author:

Former Minnesota Golden Gophers women's goaltender Noora Räty has signed a one-year contract with Finnish men’s team Kiekko Vantaa, according to YLE.

Räty was a four-year starter at the University of Minnesota, where she helped lead the Gophers to back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2012 and 2013. The 2013 campaign was perfect, and they were honored by President Barack Obama on Monday for their accomplishment.

The 24-year-old goalie is considered one of the best female hockey players in the world, and following the Sochi Olympics she threatened to retire if she couldn't find a competitive league to play in. There aren't any professional women's hockey leagues in North America, and Räty didn't think Russia's professional league was good enough for her, so she put all of her chips on the chance to play for a men's team.

Kiekko Vantaa gave her that chance, and she'll be a backup goalie in the Mentis League, Finland's second-highest division, according to NESN.

"Even though the contract has been signed, that doesn’t guarantee anything,” said Räty. “The challenge will be big. Now I need to work hard and change words into deeds.”

She is the second female goalie to sign with a men's team in the last week. Shannon Szabados, who led Canada to Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014, signed to play for the Columbus Cottonmouths in the Southern Professional League.

Here's the letter she wrote after she hinted at her possible retirement.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

Related