Amanda Kessel and the Metropolitan Riveters will take on the Connecticut Whale in a National Women's Hockey League regular season game on Sunday, December 2 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the league announced today.
It marks the third straight season that an NWHL event will be held at the complex in Cranberry Township - including the 2017 NWHL All-Star Weekend.
Kessel, who won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2018 Olympics, is the sister of Penguins winger Phil Kessel.
"Pittsburgh is a special place for my family, so I'm really looking forward to being with the Riveters in front of the city's great hockey fans on December 2," Kessel said. "Playing in the 2017 NWHL All-Star Game in Pittsburgh was a lot of fun, and the support from the fans was incredible. The Penguins organization has been an amazing partner for the NWHL and tremendous for the development of our sport across all levels."
The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex will also host the USHL Fall Classic in September and various USA Hockey events during the season. It is the practice home of the Pittsburgh Penguins and home to the Penguins Elite youth hockey program.
"We look forward to hosting Amanda and the NWHL for another great event in December," said Rich Hixon, president of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. "We enjoy working together with the NWHL to promote women's hockey and hockey at all levels and will have several related events that weekend."
Game time on December 2 will be 3:30 p.m. Ticket information is available at: https://www.seetickets.us/event/Riveters-at-Whale/368177