Strong leadership defines new GMs in PHF season


The Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League today announced that Anya Packer has been named the club’s new General Manager. Packer, who most recently served as Executive Director of the NWHL Players Association, succeeds Kate Annis, who will take over as Director of Operations for W Hockey Partners.

“We are making these important changes to strengthen our organizations heading into the NWHL’s seventh season,” said WHP President Andy Scurto. “Anya and Kate are highly capable, dynamic professionals and I look forward to working closely with them both.”

Packer will oversee daily operations for the Riveters with responsibilities in both team and player management. The former Connecticut Whale defender will also work on the business side to grow team partnerships particularly with sponsors such as NJ Lottery and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. She was recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for sports having fought to increase the league’s salary cap by 50% and negotiated the first 50/50 revenue share benefit which resulted in a 30% salary increase per player during her leading tenure with the NWHLPA.

“My time with the Players Association will be one that I cherish,” said Packer. “Alongside my player reps we have driven real and sustainable change with year-over-year increases to salary and benefits. I know that the direction the NWHLPA is going will continue to provide an outstanding platform for our professional athletes. As I transition into this new role, I aim to strengthen one of the NWHL’s best brands. The Metropolitan Riveters organization is a powerhouse on the ice, and I look forward to the exciting horizons ahead!”

Annis will be responsible for overseeing the four NWHL organizations owned and operated by WHP including the Riveters, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, and Minnesota Whitecaps with a focus on building top-performing teams. She served as Assistant Coach for the Riveters during the 2018-19 season and was named General Manager prior to the 2019-20 season.

“I am thrilled to join W Hockey Partners,” said Annis. “I loved my time at the Riveters and look forward to continuing to grow the game for women and girls through W Hockey Partners in our four markets and beyond.”

Both Packer and Annis will transition into their new roles immediately in preparation for the NWHL’s seventh season in 2021-22.


The Boston Pride today announced the appointment of Danielle (Solari) Larouco, a stand-out forward and former assistant coach at Brown University, to the role of General Manager of the 2021 National Women’s Hockey League champions.

“I have known Danielle for a long time; from playing club hockey together to watching her dominate at Brown and participate in National camps,” said Colleen Coyne, President of the Pride. “She has always been someone who can balance hard work with levity and perspective. Her hockey knowledge and experience coupled with her business acumen is the perfect mix for this position. I can’t wait to work with her.”

Larouco, a native of Rockland, Massachusetts joins the Pride with an impressive and wide-ranging hockey career. She ranks 4th among All-time Leading Scorers at Brown University with 169 points in 94 games. A two-time Captain (‘96 & ‘97) and Assistant Captain (‘95), she was twice named an ECAC Division 1 All-Star. Larouco was also a participant at the 1997 USA Olympic Development Camp from which the 1998 Olympic Women’s Hockey Team was selected. She then returned to Brown for two seasons behind the bench (‘98 – ‘00) serving as an Assistant Coach for the Bears.

To complement her playing and coaching experience, Larouco brings over a decade of business management and operations experience, the bulk of which was spent at Canton, MA-based Adidas Group (Reebok International, Ltd.) where she worked closely with C-suite executives on a variety of global initiatives. Since departing the corporate world, Danielle has held leadership roles with the South Shore Eagles (President), the Bay State Hockey League (Owner/Director), and The Bog Ice Arena & Rockland Ice Rink (GM of Business Operations & Development).

“I am very excited to be named the General Manager of the Boston Pride and join this great group of players and staff,” Larouco said. “I look forward to continuing to propel the women’s game forward with the excellence the players bring to the ice every day as well as providing great game-day experiences to our fans. The dedication and perseverance of this talented group of professional athletes we have is second to none and I am excited to bring that momentum into the upcoming season.”

In her role as GM, Larouco will oversee staff and player personnel as well as team and community events. She will work closely with Coyne, Head Coach Paul Mara, and his coaching and support staff to expand and deepen community connections and continue the winning tradition of the Pride.

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