A June 26 transaction resulted in another historic first for the remarkable RIT Tigers women’s ice hockey program. In the aftermath of qualifying for its first-ever NCAA Tournament this year, former Tigers captain Celeste Brown becomes the first player in program history to sign a contract with the NWHL.
Part of a team that has already signed Janine Weber, the first European to score the Clarkson Cup winning goal, Brown becomes the first American-born player to sign a contract with the Riveters. Looking to add to an already great career, Brown’s experience in postseason play, where the Tigers posted a 15-2 mark during her time there, may prove to be crucial during the inaugural Isobel Cup postseason.
Joining the New York Riveters, she shall remain in the same state where she helped the RIT Tigers rise to prominence at the NCAA level. During the 2014-15 season, which was also her senior season, Brown led the Tigers in goals scored, while contributing to the team’s second consecutive CHA postseason conference crown.
Such accomplishments complement the 2012 NCAA Division III national title that she earned in her freshman campaign, in which she scored the game winning goal. As the program has transitioned to Division I play (in the CHA conference), she has scored the most Division I goals in program history with 30.