NWHL All-Star captain’s hope for future? Combined league
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On a day the NWHL wanted to keep the focus on its All-Star celebrations and a record crowd for a professional women's hockey game in the United States, Lee Stecklein couldn't help but look beyond to what the future might hold.
It was a vision of one combined league, as opposed to the current reality of splitting the best women in the world between two competing North American leagues: The U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League and the Canadian Women's Hockey League.
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.
US Olympian Pfalzer returns to NWHL Beauts for 3rd season
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Olympic team defenseman Emily Pfalzer is returning to play for her hometown National Women's Hockey League Buffalo Beauts for a third season.
The Beauts announced they agreed to terms with their captain on Thursday in what becomes the team's latest high-profile addition. She joins a Buffalo team that includes Canadian Olympic team goalie Shannon Szabados as well as U.S. Olympians in goalie Nicole Hensley and forward Dani Cameranesi.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The interim commissioner of the Canadian Women's Hockey League says finding a way to unite the CWHL and the U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League into one premier North American women's hockey league is a priority for her.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Having already blazed a trail in men's professional hockey, three-time Canadian Olympic team goalie Shannon Szabados will continue her career by finally giving the women's pro game a try.
Putting aside thoughts of retiring, Szabados cited opportunity and proximity as reasons she signed with the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women's Hockey League.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Three-time Canadian National Olympic team goaltender Shannon Szabados has agreed to sign with the U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League Buffalo Beauts.
Szabados won a silver medal and was the Olympic tournament's top goalie after allowing four goals in three games at the Winter Olympics in February. She has an 8-1 record in the winter games, and also won gold medals in 2010 and '14.
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.
Furies’ Jessica Platt CWHL’s 1st openly transgender player
TORONTO (AP) — Jessica Platt of the Toronto Furies has announced she is transgender and the Canadian Women's Hockey League released a statement supporting its first openly transgender player.
Sabres owners purchase women’s league Buffalo Beauts
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres and Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula are expanding their sports holdings by purchasing the National Women's Hockey League Buffalo Beauts in a first-of-its-kind sale for the 3-year-old professional league.
BOSTON-- Erika Lawler has accomplished just about everything there is to do in hockey.
The Fitchburg native has skated at the Olympics with Team USA and is recognized as one of the greatest female hockey players to ever lace up the skates.
On Saturday night, Lawler found a new accomplishment.
US women’s hockey team to play NWHL team in Olympic tune-up
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women's national team will play two exhibitions against some familiar faces from the National Women's Hockey League next month in a final tune-up for the Olympics.
The games are set for Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, Florida, where the national team has been training.
USA Hockey adds Morin, Skarupa to US women’s national team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Hockey has added Sidney Morin and Haley Skarupa to the U.S. women's national team training for the Pyeongchang Winter Games, bringing the roster to 26 players.
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.
Browne, NWHL’s first transgender player, plans to retire
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The National Women's Hockey League's first transgender player says he plans to retire after this season.
Harrison Browne announced his decision in a release issued by the league on Tuesday in advance of the NWHL semifinal and championship playoff games this weekend. Browne plays for the Buffalo Beauts, who will face New York on Friday. The winner will play in the Isobel Cup Final on Sunday.
Women’s hockey stars not discouraged by NWHL setbacks
NEW YORK (AP) — Women's hockey stars Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight say they aren't concerned about the future of the National Women's Hockey League despite a turbulent second season.
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’s hockey players to get attendance-based bonuses
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Women's Hockey League and its players have agreed to an attendance-based bonus structure to settle a dispute over player salaries.
Under the deal, players will receive all proceeds from ticket sales beyond the first 500 tickets. Home and road teams will split the money evenly.
The players also receive a salary and 15 percent of revenue from their own jerseys.
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.
Harrison Browne scores in NWHL debut as transgender player
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The National Women's Hockey League's first transgender player scored a goal in his debut, and finally got an opportunity to hear his name announced over the PA system how he always felt it should.
And Harrison Browne got to hear it again after the final buzzer, when Buffalo forward was named the game's second star in the Beauts' 4-1 loss to the Boston Pride on Friday night.
"It was unreal," Browne said. "I've never felt something like that before."