Metropolitan Riveters general manager Anya Packer announced Wednesday that she will not be returning to her role next year.
“It comes with mixed emotions that I have declined renewing my contract as GM of the Riveters,” she wrote in the announcement on Twitter. “While I’ll miss the camaraderie with the team, and innovating the traditional hockey landscape, I’ll always be a fan of this amazing group of players.”
It comes with mixed emotions that I have declined renewing my contract as GM of the Riveters.— Anya Packer (She/Her) (@battaglinoa) April 13, 2022
I am VERY PROUD of what we accomplished in a short period of time, highlighted by:
- Improved quality of care for our athletes
- Lead DEI initiatives to #ChangeHockeyCulture
Packer spent one season with the organization. Her wife, Madison Packer, is the team’s captain.
“You’re not changing the game,” wrote Madison on Twitter. “You’re changing the world. Whatever your next mission is, I know you’ll crush it with your head held high & both feet firmly on the ground. You are an absolute legend & one hell of a pioneer.”
Prior to joining the Riveters, Anya Packer spent three seasons playing with the Connecticut Whale from 2015-18, and she served as the executive director for the league’s players’ association from 2018-21.
While executive director, she helped negotiate multiple partnerships and sponsorships, as well as a 50-50 revenue split between the league and its players. She played a major role in negotiating a three-year streaming deal with Twitch.
She was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Sports list in 2021. Sportsnet named her one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Hockey in 2020.
The news of her departure from the Riveters comes after reports that the Riveters have tabbed Digit Murphy as team president for the upcoming season.
While Packer did not tie her departure to Murphy’s arrival, several other front office employees, including the stats team and public relations staffers, departed the organization in the wake of the news of Murphy coming to the team, The IX’s Anne Tokarski reported.
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