In February I asked 2018 Olympic gold medalist and 2019 NWHL Isobel Cup champion Kendall Coyne Schofield, “Do you think that there will be a tipping point … where the players might feel that they need to get the two leagues to understand that they’re serious about moving forward?”
Without hesitation, she responded, “Yeah … I hope we get to a point where we’re playing for a team that drafted us or a team that is structurally putting together. A roster based on talent and not based on convenient convenience of location.that would be to me be an amazing start to one WNHL.”
Since our conversation, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) announced it would fold May 1, yesterday.
As of today, a reported 200 women’s hockey players have decided they will not play in the one remaining North American league. Instead, they will wait for something better, #ForTheGame.
More to come as the story develops, but here are some of my initial thoughts.
Update: The NWHL released its own statement, so of which I refer to in my patreon post.