It was toward the beginning of May when professional women’s hockey players had had about enough. Over 200 professional players announced that they would be opting out of next season. Today those same players opted in to unite as a solid front. Enter the formation of the professional women’s hockey players association (PWHPA). The association will serve as a vehicle dedicated to promoting and supporting the creation of a single, viable women’s professional league in North America.
Several former UMD hockey stars including Sidney Morin and Michelle Löwenhielm tweeted out their support for the formation of the association with the caption “UNITY” in all caps with the hashtag: #forthegame
Olympic gold medalist and Minnesota Whitecap forward Kendall Coyne said in a statement:
“We are fortunate to be ambassadors of this beautiful game, and it is our responsibility to make sure the next generation of players have more opportunities than we had. It’s time to stand together and work to create a viable league that will allow us to enjoy the benefits of our hard work.”
Sports director Kelly Hinseth had the chance to chat with the Olympian this week… hear from Coyne in the video above.