As They Seek a New League, Women’s Hockey Stars Form Players Association

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Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson lifted the United States over Canada in the gold medal game at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Cindy Boren on May 20, 2019.

More than 200 of the world’s top women’s hockey players are joining forces in an effort to “create a sustainable professional league,” formally launching the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association last week.

The organization, which filed articles of incorporation Friday, will be “dedicated to promoting and supporting the creation of a single, viable women’s professional league in North America,” the law firm representing it said in an email. Formation of the union comes after players earlier this month vowed not to compete in any North American league under current conditions, which could leave elite players without a professional outlet close to home for the coming year.

The PWHPA called for a league that will “provide financial and infrastructure resources to players; protect and support their rights and talents; provide health insurance; and work with companies, business leaders, and sports professionals worldwide who already have voiced support for women’s hockey.” …

The Washington Post 5/20

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