Last season, the Metropolitan Riveters were the most disappointing team in the NWHL. After emerging victorious in the 2018 Isobel Cup Finals, the Riveters were expected to be contenders with the return of Team USA star winger Amanda Kessel to the fold, but that was not what happened. Instead, the Riveters began the season in alarming fashion with five consecutive losses. And, generally speaking, things didn’t improve much after that. The team’s struggles put first-year head coach Randy Velischek on the hot seat in short order. Like his predecessor Chad Wiseman, Velischek is an NHL veteran with ties to the New Jersey Devils organization. But, unlike Wiseman, he entered his first season behind the Riveters’ bench in the wake of a hugely successful championship campaign. To be fair to Velischek, he had never before coached girls’ or women’s hockey, and he didn’t have a lot of time to learn what he was working with. He was hired at the eleventh hour, brought in just over a week before the Riveters played in the first-ever Champions Cup. It’s also crucial to point out that NWHL teams hold two practices a week, which left very little time for the new head coach to work with his team d...