July 16, 1996|
Gambrills, MD, USA
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
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Sam Walther (Born July 16, 1996) is an American Goaltender, currently playing for the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL).
As a teenager, Walther played for the Gunnery Prep School women's team in Connecticut, while simultaneously playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U14 and U16 teams in Pittsburgh, PA.  Her final year of high school, she played for the Connecticut Polar Bears U19 team.
Walther played 4 years for Hamilton College (NCAA Division III) in the New England Small College Athletic Conference as starting goaltender. Her senior year, she was ranked second in her division with a save percentage of .960. In 2018, she was awarded the Jack B. Riffle Award for the top female athlete in the senior class at Hamilton. She then became the first Hamilton graduate to sign for a professional women's hockey team.
In the 2019-2020 season, Walther signed a contract with the Metropolitan Riveters. She played in 22 of the 24 regular season games. She also played in her first NWHL playoff game, making 30 saves on 31 shots in a tight overtime loss to the defending champions, the Minnesota Whitecaps. She was named as one of the goaltenders for Team Packer in the 2020 NWHL All-Star Game.
Off the Ice
When she's not in the net for the Riveters, Walther works as an assistant coach at Nichols College. In addition to coaching at Nichols, Walther is also getting her graduate degree in Counterterrorism. She can speak Arabic, American Sign Language and French.
She has named Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby as one of her role models, and grew up as a neighbour of Ken Klee.
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