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Bison Captain Rieder Signs with MODO in Sweden

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Trevor Hagan

Former captain of the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team Erica Rieder will be heading overseas for the 2019-20 hockey season. 

Bison Captain Rieder Signs with MODO in Sweden

On Monday it was announced that the 22-year-old had agreed to terms on a one-year contract with MODO of Sweden’s Svenska Dam Hockey Liga. Rieder spent five seasons with the Bisons – including her final year as team captain – skating in 155 career games, while putting up 26 goals, 71 points and 94 penalty minutes with the Herd. Included in her time with the University of Manitoba was a Canada West conference title and a national championship victory in 2018.

“I am super excited and feel privileged to be joining MODO Hockey next season,” the Regina, SK. product told Game On Magazine. “The SDHL is very competitive and is considered one of the best female hockey leagues in the world. I am looking forward to not only becoming a better hockey player but also immersing myself in the Swedish culture.”

Following a successful minor hockey career within the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League, Rieder saw her role grow on the Bisons for the duration of her stay. The environmental studies student served as an alternate captain for three years before being named team captain for the 2018-19 season. 

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The offensive defenceman will look to contribute both on the scoreboard and positionally for her new squad in her first season in six wearing something other than brown and gold. Rieder finished the 2018-19 season first in defensive scoring in Canada West with four goals and 17 points – placing her in a tie for third-place across all of U-Sports. 

Featuring ten teams within Sweden, the SDHL is made up of MODO, Lulea MSSK, Brynas, Djurgarden, AIK, HV71, Goteborg, Linkoping, SDE HF and Leksand. Rieder and MODO Hockey will see the second-most travel time of any team in 2019-20, as MODO’s closest geographical rival is Lulea MSSK – 375 kilometres north. All other opponents range from 400-900 kilometres south of MODO’s placement on the west shore of the Gulf of Bothnia. 

MODO finished the 2018-19 season in second place behind the league-best Lulea MSSK with a record of 27-7-2 in 36 league games. MODO also sported a +49 goals differential, something that Rieder will look forward to helping in 2019-20.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com

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