Metropolitan Riveters women’s hockey: GM Anya Packer leaving

A year after her appointment as general manager, Anya Packer announced she is stepping down from her post with the Metropolitan Riveters, the North Jersey-based professional women’s ice hockey team, to focus on her family. She is pregnant with her second child and due in September.

The surprise announcement leaves the team without a general manager as it heads into the off season.

The former professional hockey player announced via Twitter on Wednesday that she declined to renew her contract.

“The physical need of the job is too demanding as my wife is also on the team,” Packer said by text Thursday. Ella’s wife, Madison Packer, a forward, is the team’s all-time leading scorer and was a team captain in 2021.

“I am proud of what I accomplished in my tenure and will be a forever fan of the Riveters,” Packer said. “I have huge excitement for my continued work to pioneer to make hockey better, but at this point the GM role at the Riveters isn’t for me.”

The Riveters ended their season last month after falling 4-1 to the Minnesota Whitecaps during a preliminary round playoff game in Florida. The loss eliminated the team from playoff contention, ending their season at 7-14.

Anya Packer, the General Manager of the women's professional ice hockey team the Metropolitan Riveters, poses for a photo in her home on Wednesday Feb. 9, 2022.

Packer is a major figure in women’s ice hockey. She played three seasons with the Connecticut Whale before retiring and stepping into the full-time role of executive director of the Players Association for the National Women’s Hockey League, which rebranded as the Premier Hockey Federation in the fall of 2021. For two seasons, Packer held that role while also being a player.

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