Noora Räty
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
123 lb (56 kg)
WCHA Team Minnesota Golden Gophers
Born (1989-05-29)May 29, 1989,
Espoo, Finland
Pro Career 2005 – present
Medal record
Women's ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Olympic Games
Bronze 2010 Vancouver Tournament
IIHF World Women Championships
Bronze 2008 China Tournament
Bronze 2009 Finland Tournament
Women's 4 Nations Cup
Bronze 2010 Canada Tournament

Noora Räty (born 29 May 1989) is a member of the 2009–10 Finland women's ice hockey national team and also plays for the University of Minnesota.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

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 competititely in high school and was named the Haukilahti High School best hockey player of the year 2006 and 2008.

Minnesota Golden Gophers[edit | edit source]

Competing with the Minnesota Golden Gophers

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)[1]. 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.[2]

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[3]. Räty was also named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week four times and WCHA Rookie of the Week once[4].In</ref>.]

</ref>.In In March 2010, Raty became only the second freshman to be a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award.[5] She set a Golden Gophers club record for most assists in one season by a goaltender (3).

Team Finland[edit | edit source]

In action with Finland against Sweden

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.[6]

Olympic career[edit | edit source]

Torino 2006[edit | edit source]

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%


Vancouver 2010[edit | edit source]

  • In the Bronze Medal game versus Sweden,at the 2010 Olympics, Raty made 16 saves for Finland. The Finnish team would win the Bronze Medal 2:33 into overtime.[8]
Games Played Minutes Goals Against Wins Losses Shutouts Save % Goals Against Average
5 302:33 15 3 2 0 88.5 3.00

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

International awards[edit | edit source]

  • Most Valuable Player, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[9]
  • Best Goalie, 2007 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships
  • Best Goalie, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[9]
  • Directorate Award, Best Goalie, 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship[10]

WCHA honors[edit | edit source]

  • WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (week of 19 October 2009)[11]
  • WCHA Rookie of the Week (week of 26 October 2009)[12]
  • WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (week of 30 November 2009)[13]
  • WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week (week of 7 December 2009)[14]
  • WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (week of 25 January 2010)[15]
  • 2010 WCHA Goaltending Champion[3]
  • 2010 All-WCHA First Team[3]
  • 2010 WCHA All-Rookie Team[3]
  • 2010 Golden Goldy Award as the University of Minnesota’s Female Rookie of the Year [16]
  • 2011 All-WCHA First Team[17]
  • Noora Raty, WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Week of November 8, 2011)[18]

NCAA honors[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Schleper Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year (3/4/2010) -
  4. Räty Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (1/27/2010) - [
  9. 9.0 9.1 Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p. 546, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6.
  16. Raty and Schleper Earn Department Honors. Minnesota Golden Gophers (April 26, 2010). Retrieved on 25 June 2010.

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