BROOKLYN, NY, November 30, 2017 – The Player Safety Committee of the National Women’s Hockey League has suspended Buffalo Beauts forward Maddie Elia for one game for her actions during the team’s most recent game, on Nov. 18 against the Metropolitan Riveters. Elia will miss Buffalo’s game this Saturday in Boston.
Elia received her suspension for spearing and butt-ending Riveters defender Kelsey Koelzer in two separate plays during the game.
The NWHL’s Player Safety Committee is led by Kelly Cooke, a certified hockey official and former NWHL player. The other members are two-time U.S. Olympian AJ Mleczko Griswold; 2014 U.S. Olympian Josephine Pucci, ECHL VP of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst; and former NWHL coach Bobby Jay.
About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
?Established in 2015, the NWHL became the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The mission of the league is to promote and develop women’s hockey, increase participation and interest in the sport at all levels, and shine a light on the role models that fill the rosters of all of its clubs. The league is made up of the Founding Four: Boston Pride (2016 Isobel Cup champions), Buffalo Beauts (2017 champions), Connecticut Whale and Metropolitan Riveters, and will add more teams in the coming years. Prior to its third season in 2017-18, the NWHL signed a landmark contract with the New Jersey Devils, who became the first NHL team to form a long-term partnership with one of its clubs (Riveters). The league also has a global broadcast agreement with Twitter. For more information, please visit NWHL.zone and follow the league on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @NWHL
Contact: Chris Botta, NWHL – firstname.lastname@example.org