To the players, fans and supporters of the NWHL and women’s
NWHL leadership respects the wishes of all players to consider
their options, and they know we are always available to meet, to participate in
open communication addressing their concerns and exchanging ideas, and to
collaborate with the players on one league.
In the meantime, our plans continue for Season 5 of the NWHL to
begin in October. After a series of highly constructive and positive
discussions with the NWHL Players’ Association over the last month, we are
offering increased salaries and a 50-50 revenue spilt from league-level
sponsorships and media rights deals. Coming off an incredible 2018-19, we are
confident another fantastic season is ahead.
After the CWHL announced it was ceasing operations, the NWHL
immediately went to work and embraced the opportunity to build the one league
for North America that many people, including the national team players, said
they desired. We raised significant investments and met with top brands wanting
to support one thriving league featuring the best of the best from around the
Of everyone working in women’s hockey, we are among the players’
biggest fans. In 2015, there wasn’t a professional women’s hockey league in the
United States. Prior to our launch just four years ago, there was never a
movement for others to take over women’s hockey, or for any wide-scale league
in North America. In a challenging climate for women’s sports, our leadership
has been proud to invest a great deal of time and resources in women’s hockey and
these athletes. We believe in them.
We want to thank the fans for their passionate support of the
NWHL. Last season, you sold out 16 games, made the Minnesota Whitecaps an
historic success as our first expansion team, were a part of a record crowd for
our All-Star Game in Nashville, purchased a record number of your favorite
players’ jerseys and shirseys, and more of you watched our games on Twitter
than ever before. Sponsors, partners and supporters took notice.
Thanks to you, the NWHL’s efforts to advance the sport, build the
value of women’s hockey players, and show future generations that they can See
It, Dream It and Be It will continue for many years to come. We are excited
about the future, and we welcome everyone who wants to join us.
Rylan, Founder and Commissioner Hayley Moore, Deputy Commissioner
Heffernan, Board Member, Investor Joel
Leibman, Board Member, Investor Scott McCormack, Board Member, Investor