There's a new player in the women's hockey game and it appears that Buffalo is front and center of the plan.
According to a story on Yahoo! Sports the league plans to be operational for the 2015-16 season with the main attraction being salaried players. Each team, Yahoo! Sports reports, will have a salary cap of $270,000. On an 18-player roster that averages $15,000 per player, although owners are not required to offer everyone the same contract. The structure creates a part-time job for the women.
That is vastly different from the current Canadian Women's Hockey League which does not pay players but does cover most hockey-related expenses. The CWHL has five teams -- Brampton, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary with Boston being the lone U.S.-based team. That league enjoyed its most successful marketing year, including its first league-wide All-Star Game and a TV deal with the Canadian media outlet SportsNet