Noora Räty

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Noora Räty
Noora Raty 1.jpg
Born (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 25)
Espoo, Finland
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left[1]
Played for Minnesota Golden Gophers
National team  Finland
Playing career 2005–present
Noora Räty
Medal record
Women's ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Olympic Games
Bronze 2010 Vancouver Tournament
IIHF World Women's Championships
Bronze 2008 China Tournament
Bronze 2009 Finland Tournament
Bronze 2011 Switzerland Ice hockey
Women's 4 Nations Cup
Bronze 2010 Canada Tournament
Silver 2013 United States Tournament

Noora Räty (born 29 May 1989) is a member of the Finland women's national ice hockey team who played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers (University of Minnesota).

Playing career[edit]

Räty was named Finland's best women's ice hockey player in 2007 and 2008 and best goalie in 2006 and 2007. She was awarded the Rookie of the Year in 2005–06. In national league action in Finland, she has played in over 55 games, 12 of which were shutouts. Throughout her national league career, Räty has held a 1.45 goals against average and a .950 save percentage. In playoff competition alone had eight shutouts in 22 games played with a 1.24 GAA. Räty also played competitively in high school and was named the Haukilahti High School best hockey player of the year 2006 and 2008.

Minnesota Golden Gophers[edit]

Räty enrolled as a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the autumn of 2009 and joined the Golden Gopher women's hockey team in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). Räty's first start for the Gophers came in the team's second game of the 2009–2010 season at home against Syracuse University (a 4–1 win).[2] Through the WCHA conference tournament (3/7/2010), Räty amassed a 17–3–4 record in 24 starts with 7 shutouts, a GAA of 1.24, and a save percentage of .951.[3]

Räty won a number of WCHA conference awards during the 2009–2010 season, being named WCHA Goaltending Champion (based on GAA), the goaltender of the All-WCHA First Team, and the goaltender of the All-WCHA Rookie Team.[4] Räty was also named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week four times and WCHA Rookie of the Week once.[5]

In March 2010, Räty became only the second freshman to be a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award.[6] She set a Golden Gophers club record for most assists in one season by a goaltender (3).

To start the 2010–11 season, Raty had a shutout in the first three games of the season.[7] On October 22 and 23, 2010, she recorded back to back shutouts against the St. Cloud State Huskies. She held the Huskies scoreless as Minnesota swept the series by scores of 5–0 and 3–0, respectively. Raty played the full 120:00 minutes of the series. She accumulated 14 saves in the first game, while posting 18 in the second game.

Räty played on national championship teams in 2011–2012 and 2012–13. The 2012–13 team finished 41–0–0, and the team won the last 49 games of Räty's career. Räty finished with both the career and single-season record for shutouts.[8]

Kiekko-Vantaa[edit]

In March 2014, Yle revealed that Räty had signed a contract with Mestis club Kiekko-Vantaa for the 2014-15 season.[9] She will become only the second female to play in Mestis, the first being Hayley Wickenheiser.

Team Finland[edit]

Räty has been a member of the Finnish National Team since 15 and has over 65 games in international play. At the age of 16, she participated for Team Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. She helped Finland to their second-straight bronze medal at the 2009 IIHF World Championships. During the 2008 World Championships, Räty shut out Team USA, 1–0, and had 30 saves. At the 2009 world championships with a 1.48 goals against average and a 3–1–0 record. She was named the tournament's best goalie in 2007 and 2008 and earned the most valuable player award in 2008.[10]

She won a bronze medal at the 2010 Four Nations Cup in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Career stats[edit]

NCAA career[edit]

Minnesota[11][edit]

Season Games Wins Losses Ties Goals against Minutes GAA Shutouts Saves Save %
2009–10 26 18 4 4 36 1623:42 1.3303 7 663 .948
2010–11 35 25 8 2 60 2036:41 1.7676 9 957 .941
2011–12 40 33 5 2 53 2361:03 1.3469 10 854 .942
2012–13 38 38 0 0 36 2240:11 0.9642 17 776 .956

Olympic career[edit]

Torino 2006[edit]

Date Result Save Save %
February 13 Finland 4, Switzerland 0 18 100.0%
February 13 Canada 6, Finland 0 14 87.5%
February 13 USA 4, Finland 0 7 63.6%

[12]

Vancouver 2010[edit]

  • In the bronze medal game versus Sweden, at the 2010 Olympics, Räty made 16 saves for Finland. The Finnish team would win the bronze medal 2:33 into overtime.[13]
Games Played Minutes Wins Losses Shutouts Goals Against Saves Shots on Goal Save % Goals Against Average
5 302:33 3 2 0 15 114 129 88.37 2.97

Awards and honors[edit]

International awards[edit]

  • Most Valuable Player, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[14]
  • Best Goalie, 2007 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships
  • Best Goalie, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[14]
  • Directorate Award, Best Goaltender, 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship[15]

WCHA honors[edit]

  • WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (week of 19 October 2009)[16]
  • WCHA Rookie of the Week (week of 26 October 2009)[17]
  • WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (week of 30 November 2009)[18]
  • WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week (week of 7 December 2009)[19]
  • WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (week of 25 January 2010)[20]
  • 2010 WCHA Goaltending Champion[4]
  • 2010 All-WCHA First Team[4]
  • 2010 WCHA All-Rookie Team[4]
  • 2010 Golden Goldy Award as the University of Minnesota’s Female Rookie of the Year [21]
  • WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Week of October 27, 2010)
  • 2011 All-WCHA First Team[22]
  • WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Week of November 8, 2011)[23]
  • WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week (Week of October 25, 2012)[24]

NCAA honors[edit]

Preceded by
Chanda Gunn (2006)
IIHF World Women's Championships Best Goalie
2007 and 2008
Succeeded by
Charline Labonté (2009)
Preceded by
Hayley Wickenheiser (2007)
IIHF World Women's Championships Most Valuable Player
2008
Succeeded by
Carla MacLeod (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Noora Raty". Hockeygoalies.org. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Syracuse (SYR) at Minnesota (MIN)". Collegehockeystats.net. October 4, 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Minnesota Golden Gophers (Women) 2009–2010 Team Statistics". Collegehockeystats.net. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b c d Schleper Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year (3/4/2010)
  5. ^ Räty Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (1/27/2010)
  6. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ Räty sets two records as Gophers advance in playoffs
  9. ^ "Men’s hockey team signs female goalie". Yle. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  10. ^ [3][dead link]
  11. ^ "Noora Raty Bio – University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Noora Räty". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Finland Beats Swedes in Overtime for Bronze". Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  14. ^ a b Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p. 546, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6.
  15. ^ "Tomcikova named MVP". Iihf.com. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
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  21. ^ "Raty and Schleper Earn Department Honors". Minnesota Golden Gophers. April 26, 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  22. ^ [9][dead link]
  23. ^ http://www.wcha.com/women/pres1112/201111/nov9wpw.pdf
  24. ^ "MSU's McCann, UND's Dagfinrud, UM's Räty & Brandt Named WCHA Women's Players of the Week". WCHA.com. 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  25. ^ "Eight WCHA Players Among Nominees for 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award". WCHA.com. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  26. ^ "Women's Division I Old Time Hockey All-Americans Announced". American Hockey Coaches Association. 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2013-01-31.