The Metropolitan Riveters announced on Monday the signing of Quinnipiac forward Lexie Adzija and Yale defender Emma Seitz to one-year contracts. Adzija’s deal is worth $60,000 while Seitz’s salary will be $72,500. Both players join the PHF after five years at the NCAA level.
Adzija finished her career with Quinnipiac with 109 points (43g-66a) over 151 games and was the 2022 recipient of the Mandi Schwartz Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award (excellence and leadership on the ice, in the classroom, and in the community). Her point total is fourth-most in program history and the 151 games she played in is third-most at Quinnipiac.
“I’m excited to be joining the Riveters organization. The fact that I am able to continue my hockey career at such a high level and play professionally is thrilling,” Adzija was quoted as saying in the press release announcing her signing. “I wanted to be a part of an organization that's leading growth and change in women’s professional hockey, and that is what the Riveters are accomplishing.”
Seitz recorded 86 points (34g-52a) over 127 games while at Yale and her 14 goals during the 2021-22 season is a program record. A native of New York City, Seitz was the 2023 recipient of the Mandi Schwartz Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and prior to college, she played nearby with the New Jersey Colonials (2014-17).
“I am very excited to begin my professional career with the Riveters. I was raised in Manhattan, and never imagined that I would have the opportunity to come home and play a sport that I love so much,” Seitz said in the press release announcing her signing. “I am impressed with the Riveters organization and coaching staff, and I feel I can be an important piece to building a championship team.”
The Riveters now have 11 players under contract for Season 9. Seitz and Adzija join fellow Rivs newcomers Noora Räty, McKenna Brand, Olivia Zafuto, and Kaleigh Fratkin, and returners Madison Packer, Amanda Pelkey, Minttu Tuominen, Sarah Bujold, and Fanni Garát-Gasparics as the franchise takes aim at winning their second Isobel Cup championship.