Noora Helena Räty (born 29 May 1989) is a Finnish ice hockey player and a member of the Finland women's national ice hockey team who plays for Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays in the Canadian Women's Hockey League.
29 May 1989|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)|
|Weight||152 lb (69 kg; 10 st 12 lb)|
Kunlun Red Star|
Minnesota Golden Gophers
SKIF Nizhny Novgorod
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 GophersEdit
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). 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.
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. Räty was also named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week four times and WCHA Rookie of the Week once.
To start the 2010–11 season, Raty had a shutout in the first three games of the season. On 22 and 23 October 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.
In March 2014, Yle revealed that Räty had signed a contract with Mestis club Kiekko-Vantaa for the 2014-15 season. She will become only the second female to play in Mestis, the first being Hayley Wickenheiser.
Räty was loaned to the Bewe Tuuski, a team in Finland's third highest league, the Suomi-sarja. She played her first game for Kiekko-Vantaa on 22 October 2014 being the first Finnish woman ever to play a game in the men's second-tier Mestis league.
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.
Noora Raty would post a shutout in the gold medal of the 2017 Nations Cup against Canada, which featured opposing goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer. Of note, Finland prevailed in a 1-0 final that saw Michelle Karvinen log the game-winning tally.
Selected in the first round of the 2017 CWHL Draft by China's expansion Kunlun Red Star franchise, she emerged as a key contributor for a club that finished the 2017-18 CWHL season in second place. Raty's first win with the Red Star took place on 28 October 2017, a 4-3 overtime win versus the Calgary Inferno, recording 39 saves. Coincidentally, Annina Rajahuhta, a teammate of Raty on the Finnish national team, recorded the game-winning tally in overtime. She would finish the season leading the league in goals against average and shutouts.
By season's end, Raty would emerge as the CWHL's regular season goaltending champion, leading the league in Goals Against Average. In addition, she would tie for the league in shutouts with goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer of Les Canadiennes, with 6. Of note, Raty would win the CWHL Goaltender of the Year Award, becoming the first European-born goaltender to capture the honor.
Raty was the starting goaltender for the Red Star in the 2018 Clarkson Cup finals, which were held in Toronto. Challenging the Markham Thunder, the contest went into overtime, where Laura Stacey scored with 2:11 left in the 4-on-4 overtime, as Markham prevailed by a 2-1 tally for its first-ever Cup win. Raty recorded 37 saves in the contest.
|Season||Games||Wins||Losses||Ties||Goals against||Minutes||GAA||Shutouts||Saves||Save %|
|13 February||Finland 4, Switzerland 0||18||100.0%|
|13 February||Canada 6, Finland 0||14||87.5%|
|13 February||USA 4, Finland 0||7||63.6%|
- 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.
|Games Played||Minutes||Wins||Losses||Shutouts||Goals Against||Saves||Shots on Goal||Save %||Goals Against Average|
|= Indicates league leader|
|2017-18||Kunlun Red Star||20||1159||31||520||16||3||0||1.60||6|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Most Valuable Player, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships
- Best Goalie, 2007 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships
- Best Goalie, 2008 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships
- Directorate Award, Best Goaltender, 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship
- Best Goalie, 2017 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships
- WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (week of 19 October 2009)
- WCHA Rookie of the Week (week of 26 October 2009)
- WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (week of 30 November 2009)
- WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week (week of 7 December 2009)
- WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (week of 25 January 2010)
- 2010 WCHA Goaltending Champion
- 2010 All-WCHA First Team
- 2010 WCHA All-Rookie Team
- 2010 Golden Goldy Award as the University of Minnesota's Female Rookie of the Year
- WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Week of 27 October 2010)
- 2011 All-WCHA First Team
- WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Week of 8 November 2011)
- WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week (Week of 25 October 2012)
- 2010 & 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award Finalist
- 2010 Women's RBK Hockey Division I All-America Team (2009–10 NCAA Division I women's ice hockey season#All-America honors
- 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award Nominee
- 2011 Second Team All-America selection
- 2018 Goaltender of the Year
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- "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.
- "Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Recipients". USA Hockey. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
- "Eight WCHA Players Among Nominees for 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award". WCHA.com. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
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