APNewsBreak: Commish: 1 women’s hockey league ‘inevitable’
Players want a single North American women's professional hockey league. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman does, too. And now National Women's Hockey League founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan is on record saying she is working toward that objective.
"One league is inevitable," Rylan wrote in an email to The Associated Press, her strongest statement regarding a potential merger with the rival Canadian Women's Hockey League.
Detroit — Every four years, the women's ice-hockey teams from the United States and Canada provide some of the most exciting moments of the Winter Olympics.
Women’s pro hockey league makes pact with NJ Devils
NEW YORK (AP) — There's hope for girls and women who want to play professional hockey in the United States thanks to the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils recently announced a partnership with the Metropolitan Riveters, one of four teams in the fledgling National Women's Hockey League. The Devils will provide their practice facility for home games in Newark, assist with marketing and host a doubleheader with the Riveters on Saturday at the Prudential Center.
Devils partner with women’s pro hockey team in New Jersey
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils are the first NHL franchise to partner with a National Women's Hockey League team.
Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the Devils parent company, announced the partnership with the Metropolitan Riveters on Thursday.
The goal is to support the growth of the NWHL, a four-team women's pro league that started in 2015. The Devils will assist with marketing and facilities for Riveters' games and practices in Newark, New Jersey.
NWHL to complete playoffs before world championships
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Women's Hockey League is adjusting its schedule in order to complete the playoffs in March before players leave for the world championships.
The regular season will now end on March 12 and the playoffs will be concluded on March 19, the second-year league announced Thursday. The original schedule included a three-week break before the end of the season and the start of the playoffs in late April.
The change was requested by the players, the league said in its release.
Women hockey players want more info on slashed salaries
Players in the National Women's Hockey League will play at least one more game but want more information before agreeing to a 50 percent salary cut the commissioner says is necessary "to save the season."
Brant Feldman, an agent who represents numerous top NWHL players, said on Twitter Saturday that the Boston Pride will play at Buffalo on Sunday. Feldman called the decision to play a "sign of good of faith" and challenged the league to do the same in responding to player demands.
Women’s pro hockey league cuts salaries to save season
The National Women's Hockey League is slashing its player salaries in half in a drastic cost-cutting measure that's regarded as one of the second-year league's only chances to continue operating this season.
"The players have been informed in the interest of keeping the league financially viable that we have to enact salary cuts effective immediately," NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan said during a conference call with reporters Friday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Harrison Browne scored a goal in his debut Friday night for the National Women’s Hockey League Buffalo Beauts as the first openly transgender athlete to compete in a professional North American team sport.