In a sudden blow to women’s professional sports in North America, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced on Sunday that it would discontinue operations on May 1.
The C.W.H.L., founded in 2007, operated as a centrally funded, nonprofit enterprise. It included some of the sport’s biggest stars, like Hilary Knight and Marie-Philip Poulin.
Laurel Walzak, chairwoman of the league’s board of directors, said that the C.W.H.L.’s management had realized in the past few weeks that funding would not be available to continue next season.
“We realized this model is no longer viable in the economics and the future of the C.W.H.L.,” Walzak said. “We voted on this Friday night.”
The C.W.H.L. had six teams spread across Canada, Massachusetts and China. Last weekend, it held its championship game, which was broadcast live in Canada and the United States. The C.W.H.L.’s closing leaves the National Women’s Hockey League, founded in 2015, as the only pro hockey option for women in North America.
In recent years, players have pushed for a single league. The N.W.H.L., which has five teams in the United States, will look into becoming a new home for some of the almost 150 C.W.H.L. players who will soon be without a team.
“We will pursue any and all opportunities to ensure the best players in Canada have a place to play,” said Dani Rylan, the founder and commissioner of the N.W.H.L. “Those conversations have started already and have quickly become a priority.”
Sunday’s announcement shocked C.W.H.L. players, many of whom are Olympians for the United States and Canada and are in Finland preparing for the world championships. Poulin and other players tweeted a statement saying that they had been informed of the closing on Sunday morning and that it would be “hard to remain optimistic” that they would find a new home.
In June 2017, the C.W.H.L. announced its expansion to China with the addition of two teams. The move was intended to present a wealth of sponsorship and other business opportunities. Beijing is preparing to host the 2022 Olympics, and the N.H.L. has made increasing its footprint in Asia a priority.
Three months later, the C.W.H.L. began paying players for the first time. Under a salary cap of 100,000 Canadian dollars, player stipends ranged from ,000 to ,000. That figure was the same this season, but there were signs that the growth of the league was not as bountiful as had been expected, including the Chinese clubs’ merging into one franchise this season.
Walzak and Jayna Hefford, who took over as interim commissioner when Brenda Andress left the organization last summer, said that China was a great opportunity for the league and that the clubs in Asia provided significant funding but that the expenses of running five North American teams, compounded with the exhaustive efforts to build sponsorships, ticket and merchandise sales in the United States and Canada, were straining the C.W.H.L. model.
“The infrastructure wasn’t there to make it work,” said Brant Feldman, an agent who has represented several Olympic and pro women’s hockey players. “You need a full-time staff to go out and market the sport, sell tickets, do sponsorships, understand integrated marketing communications and operate the professional sport. Neither league has that.”
Walzak said that the board was in the process of sorting out its finances from this season but that it expected that all payments owed would be made soon.
The C.W.H.L. had relationships with several N.H.L. teams and the N.H.L. players’ association, but the N.H.L. has always appeared hesitant to embrace professional women’s hockey, choosing not to get in between the two North American leagues. Last November, W. Graeme Roustan, a noted investor in hockey ventures who said he was the largest investor in the league, announced that he was withdrawing his funding.
In a statement on Sunday, an N.H.L. spokesman indicated that the news would not result in any changes from the league’s perspective. The statement said: “The N.H.L.’s position has been consistent for some time and remains unchanged with this news: we would consider starting a women’s league if there were no alternatives for women to play professionally in North America.”
The N.H.L.P.A. also issued a statement, which said: “While this news is certainly disappointing — for the fans as well as the players — we hope that appropriate opportunities for these players will be available soon. We wish the players all the best.”
Hefford said other stakeholders had expressed interest in continuing to help the sport. After the 2018 Olympics, American and Canadian players discussed the possibility of working together to reach the goal of a single league, but nothing materialized.
Digit Murphy, a former coach in the C.W.H.L., said that women’s sports should not have to be dependent on men’s pro sports for resources and that the current pool of players was strong enough to produce a successful model.B:
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