A new professional women’s hockey league is expected to launch for the 2023-24 season, The Athletic reported Monday.
The members of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association learned over the weekend from Stan Kasten, the president of the Los Angeles Dodgers and part of the group working on the startup league, that the new league is a go.
The PWHPA is a group of women who play games across the country and showcase their skills. They have organized a union and are negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with its group of investors, according to The Athletic.
The Los Angeles Times said the PWHPA reached out last year to an investment and consulting firm led by retired tennis great Billie Jean King and to a group run by Mark Walter, the Dodgers’ controlling owner, to explore backing a new league.
According to the Times, a six-team league is in the works. The average annual pay is likely to be about $55,000, per the report.
The PWHPA was formed after the collapse of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League in 2019.
–Field Level Media