Sarah Bryant, New York Riveters
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Sarah is currently a rookie goaltender on the New York Riveters of the NWHL, a women’s professional league in its second season. She is a 2016 graduate of Providence College where she played four years with the Friars. At Providence, she amassed 1,564 saves in her career, ranking her fourth on the all-time saves list. She was also named Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week and Hockey East Rookie of the Week during her time as a Friar. Prior to Providence, Sarah attended the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where she earned four varsity letters in ice hockey, two in lacrosse, and two in soccer.
At Providence College, Sarah studied biology and neuroscience, twice receiving the women’s ice hockey academic award, and being named to the Hockey East All-Academic team all four years. Following graduation, Sarah took a job as a post-baccalaureate researcher at the National Institutes of Health, which brought her to Maryland where she now resides. Sarah’s research is focused on better understanding Graft Versus Host Disease (GvHD), which is a complication of a common treatment for genetic immune deficiencies, as well as leukemia. Living in Maryland, Sarah is closer to her nuclear family, all of whom live in eastern Pennsylvania. She is grateful to now able to make more regular trips back to spend time with them.
Sarah believes strongly in putting effort and resources towards better opportunities for marginalized groups, such as differently abled and special needs individuals. She has benefited both from being a part of the hockey community and playing the sport itself, and she wants more people to experience the game and feel welcome in the hockey community.
Previously, Sarah has been involved with the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley and Camelot for Children. While at Providence College, she participated in community outreach events with the Friars, including volunteering in local elementary schools and working with local youth hockey teams.
However, it was joining the New York Riveters that brought Sarah to the ASHA. She saw the passion that some of her teammates had for various nonprofits that aided causes close to their hearts, which pushed her to want to make better use of her time and talents. Because of her personal experiences, she wanted to be a member of an organization that brings people together and values the dignity of marginalized groups. Upon meeting a member of the Washington Ice Dogs after one of the Riveters games, Sarah was introduced to the ASHA and knew immediately that she wanted to be involved. She is excited to be able to not only spend time with the amazing members of the organization, but also share with them her love of hockey.
Chris Beehler, Executive Director
P.O. Box 3411
Crofton, Maryland 21114