New York, NY – August 15, 2015: The NWHL (National Women’s Hockey League) announced today the signing of three additional players, defenseman Gabie Figueroa (Princeton) to the New York Riveters and forwards Kourtney Kunichika (Rochester Institute of Technology) to the Buffalo Beauts.
Gabie Figueroa hails from Branchburg, New Jersey and played for Princeton from 2010 to 2014. While playing for the Tigers, Figueroa recorded 36 points (5g, 31a) and served as the team’s Co-Captain her senior year and Assistant Captain her junior year. Her senior year, she logged 13 points (1g, 12a) and was named to the ECAC All-Academic Team for the fourth time in her career.
Kourtney Kunichika played forward at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) from 2010 to 2014. The Fullerton, California native logged 136 points (54g, 82a) during her collegiate career with the Tigers. As a freshman, she finished third overall nationally and first among all rookie players in scoring with 43 points (15g, 28a), and set an NCAA Championship record with 10 points (5g, 5a) in one tournament. That same tournament, she also set the NCAA Championship single game record with six points and her first collegiate hat-trick. Her sophomore year, she led the Tigers in scoring and was ranked fifth nationally with 45 points (20g, 25a) on the way to a DIII National Championship. She was also named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, the All-ECAC West first team, and the CCM/Old Time Hockey Second Team All-American. In 2014, Kunichika won a College Hockey America Championship with RIT in their second year as a DI school.
"I’m very happy to be playing for the Buffalo Beauts and to learn from an impressive coaching staff," Kunichika said. "The support I’ve received, from California to upstate New York, has been such a blessing. I’m thankful to be a part of hockey history and the growth of women’s hockey."
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