The Canadian Women's Hockey League Wants to Fold on May 1, The League Announced Sunday Morning, News That Went Swooping Horizon across the Hockey Community.
The CWHL, founded in 2007, is home to some of the top players in the world, including Team USA's Hilary Knight and Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin. The news comes a week after the league's Clarkson Cup had a record 1
"Unfortunately, while the on-ice hockey is exceptional, the business model has
On Sunday morning, several CWHL players said: "This morning we were informed the CWHL is folding." As players, we will do our best to #NoLeague "
Emily Kaplan examines where things stand with the battle for one league combining the NHL and CWHL, as well as the NHL's desire for involvement. In 2017, the CWHL began paying its players for the first time.
The range for players last season was $ 2,000 to $ 10,000 Canadian for the year. Jayna Hefford told ESPN earlier this month, "We have not even heard of it as a salary because of my mind."
Ever since the U.S.-based NWHL debuted four years ago, there had been a call to merge the two leagues. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has gone on the record several times to say that he does not want to intervene with either league sides, or swooping in as a "big brother" to save the day, according to NHL sources.
The NHL contributed financially to both the CWHL and NHLS last season, but to industry source said the amount paid to each league was " less than six figures. "
The CWHL had six franchises, including one based in Shenzhen, China, which was owned and paid its own operating expenses.
The league did not disburse attendance figures for the 2018-19 season, nor does it sell merchandise.
Hefford, a recent Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, serving as the interim commissioner of the CWHL. The CWHL is not for profit, an important distinction from the NWHL. The CWHL has an 11-member board of directors that meets monthly. According to Hefford, the board of directors approves a budget at the beginning of the season.
"Founded in 2007 by members of the community, the League's mandates to grow the sport of women's hockey, and the fact that it has progressed, "the league said in a news release, which praised Hefford's leadership this season as the league has seen a new level of success, new energy and credibility to the game. "
Asked earlier this month what an ideal professional women's hockey league would look like, Hefford told ESPN:" An ideal league to play with would make you happy, whatever that is It thinks it's a salary that you can live on in a major city because that's more than likely where the teams want to be that having the NHL involved would be a big part of that. I would not say it's the NHL, but having their involvement and their brand and resources is important to it. That's where I see the game going. "