August 11, 2017, Brookyln, NY — As we prepare for another great season of women’s hockey, we wanted to extend our best wishes to all of the former NWHL players who will be playing in China as part of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
We will miss them in the NWHL, but the larger mission for all of us is to make our game more popular and accessible across the world. We believe that what’s good for women’s hockey is good for all of us – even if that means saying goodbye to some of our favorite players and people.
The players leaving for China are making a major commitment to their craft and to growing the game. For that, they have our deepest appreciation. We will be rooting for them.
We want to thank Kelli Stack, along with all the other players with agreements in China that have not been officially introduced yet, for everything they did for us in our first two seasons. They will always be part of the NWHL.
Dani Rylan Hayley Moore
NWHL Commissioner NWHL Deputy Commissioner
About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015 with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.
August 11, 2017, Brooklyn, NY – The following statement was released today by NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan and Deputy Commissioner Hayley Moore:
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