The untouched Skilled Girls’s Hockey League was once formally detectable Tuesday with six inaugural franchises and a 24-game common season that starts in January 2024.
The PWHL will property 3 groups within the U.S. and 3 groups in Canada. The American franchises are situated in Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and the Unused York Town segment. The Canadian franchises are situated in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. Main points on house arenas, staff names and emblems are drawing close.
The 2024 season agenda shall be introduced within the coming months. It’s anticipated to incorporate a split for the IIHF ladies’s international championships in April.
Rosters for the inaugural season will get started settingup throughout an preliminary loose company signing length starting off Sept. 1. Nearly all of the league’s initiation avid gamers will upcoming be decided on throughout the 2023 PWHL Draft on Sept. 18.
The PWHL says it’s within the “final stages” of securing six basic managers for the franchises, all of whom are owned and operated by means of the league.
The PWHL is funded by means of Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Mark Walter and spouse Kimbra. The Mark Walter Crew bought property of the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) in June to successfully dissolve that league to bring to starting the PWHL as the one professional ladies’s hockey league in North The usa.
The PHF was once based in March 2015 because the Nationwide Girls’s Hockey League, which on the life was once the primary ladies’s skilled hockey league to pay its avid gamers. It was once rebranded in Sept. 2021. 5 of the six PWHL franchises are in towns that had PHF groups throughout the 2022-23 season, save for Ottawa.
The loss of life of the PHF ended a multiyear feud between that group and the Skilled Girls’s Hockey Avid gamers’ Affiliation, which was once made from stars from the U.S. and Canadian nationwide groups. The ones avid gamers had been unenthusiastic to connect both the NWHL or the PHF, bringing up a rarity of religion of their trade fashions. The PWHPA toured North American arenas, taking part in a order of USA vs. Canada exhibition video games in preparation for global tournaments.
The PWHPA have been running with the Mark Walter Crew and Billie Jean King Enterprises for over a yr to build a league of their very own to compete with the PHF. In lieu, the years-long exit to “one league” ended with the disbandment of the PHF with the formation of the PWHL.
The untouched league is supported by means of a Board of Administrators that comes with King, sports activities government Ilana Kloss, Dodgers President Stan Kasten and Dodgers senior VP of commercial technique Royce Cohen.
“On behalf of ownership and our board, I am honored to announce the official name of our new league, and to unveil the blueprint for this historic inaugural season. And we are especially proud to be providing this new platform for elite women athletes,” stated Kasten. “Our great game has the power to captivate and connect sports fans everywhere, and we are thrilled to plant roots in six of North America’s most passionate hockey markets.”
Jayna Hefford, the commissioner of now-defunct Canadian Girls’s Hockey League, is the PWHL’s senior VP of hockey operations. Longtime NHL government Brian Burke, who was once fired as Pittsburgh Penguins president of hockey operations in April, will backup run the PWHL Avid gamers Affiliation.
Any avid gamers within the 2023-24 PWHL season should claim for the draft by means of Sept. 3. There shall be a 10-day free-agent length from Sept. 1-10. forward of the draft through which groups can signal as much as 3 avid gamers every. Flow or graduating NCAA or collegiate program avid gamers aren’t eligible for this initial loose company length.
According to the PWHL collective bargaining pledge, groups could have as much as 20 avid gamers signed in proceed of November’s coaching camps. Six avid gamers on every staff shall be signed to three-year guarantees of “no less than $80,000 per league year.”