Alexa Gruschow Signs Pro Contract

Alexa Gruschow Signs Pro Contract

TROY, N.Y. - Former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women's hockey standout Alexa Gruschow '16 has signed a professional contract to play for the New York Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

Gruschow (Mechanicsburg, PA/Washington Pride) becomes the second Engineers alumnae to play in the NWHL and the sixth to play professionally overall. She joins the ranks of Jordan Smelker '14, who plays for the Boston Pride in the NWHL, Whitney Naslund '10, who played in the Canadian Women's Hockey League, Andie LeDonne '13 (CWHL), Sonja van der Bliek '11 (CWHL) and Delaney Middlebrook '15 (Riksserien/Swedish Elite League).

Playing in 133 career games at Rensselaer, Gruschow scored 46 goals and added 47 assists for 93 points. The team's points leader in all four years at RPI, she ranks on the school's Division I points list behind Naslund (105) and Alisa Harrison '12 (95) and is second in goals behind only Naslund (50).

Last season, Gruschow recorded 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points in 34 games. Netting a team-high four power play goals, she also had the team's only shorthanded tally, while potting two game-winners. She also led the team in shots (115), shots per game (3.38), face-off wins (313) and face-off winning percentage (.503) and was second in plus/minus with +6 rating. In 22 ECAC Hockey games, she notched six goals and eight assists for 14 points.

Gruschow earned numerous awards throughout her RPI career, including the team's Most Valuable Player following the 2015-16 season. She was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team in 2012-13 as well as the team Rookie of the Year. A multiple ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection, the Biology major was a multiple Dean's List honoree.

Founded in 2015, the NWHL will begin its second season this fall. The league is composed of current and former national team players from all over the world, as well as former NCAA stars from across the country.