Possible NHL and CWHL Partnership in the Works

July 17th, 2010 by Mike Burse Leave a reply »
The National Hockey League and Canadian Women's Hockey League held meetings this past January regarding a potential partnership between the leagues for the upcoming 2010-2011 hockey season. The proposed partnership would see the NHL provide funding to pay the players $35,000 per season.

Even at this rate the total investment required from the NHL is in the $3 to $4.5 million range. For a point of reference that is less than Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes per season.

The reason the CWHL is proposing this partnership is, simply put, how do they improve the quality of their game without having a place for Women to get paid to play. The eventual goal for the CWHL is to attract the best Women's Hockey players from around the world.

It is best said by current CWHL player, Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux, "There are more and more young girls who want to play hockey. We're at the stage where we need to feed them, they need to know they can go somewhere in a hockey career, and someday become paid professionals. We want the league to have the best players in the world -- Russian, German, Italian. We want them to come play with us. That's the ultimate g ...

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