Boston was the first American city to house an NHL team with the inception of the Bruins in 1924. It has more recently made the still-fledgling Canadian Women’s Hockey League a multinational circuit with the arrival of the Blades two years ago.
That is a double distinction that the tradition-laden Bruins franchise and its collective regional fanbase must not take for granted. With the CWHL, business-wise, still striding along the ice like a young Bambi, there is no guarantee this league will be the one that finally cements the pegs of women’s hockey as a steady profession.
The Blades can embolden those hopes by establishing a more prominent presence in the public eye and blazing a trail for more U.S.-based teams. The Bruins can help by reaching out and sharing some of their wealth in every sense of the word.
Two NHL franchises on the other side of the border are already doing just that. A report this week from the Canadian Press detailed the Calgary Flames’ and Toronto Maple Leafs’ pledges to help their respective CWHL counterparts, Alberta and the Toronto Furies.
Besides giving as much of $30,000 over a five-y ...
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Boston Bruins Should Follow Calgary, Toronto and Help the CWHL’s BladesNovember 17th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »