There’s a new player in the women’s hockey game and it appears that Buffalo is front and center of the plan.
The National Women’s Hockey League is up and running on social media featuring four teams – the Buffalo Beauts, Boston Pride, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters.
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 leaguewide All-Star Game and a TV deal with the Canadian media outlet SportsNet.