In a stunning announcement the Board of Directors for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) has declared “the business model has proven to be economically unsustainable” and as a result operations will be discontinued as of May 1, 2019.
The league has given this press release, but details are still forthcoming.
The Board of Directors of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) has made the decision to discontinue operations effective May 1, 2019. Please refer to press release at the https://t.co/iy7b1CjE0v for more information. pic.twitter.com/SxzctlWusB— CWHL (@TheCWHL) March 31, 2019
Update: The NWHL released a message of support to the everyone involved in the CWHL. The Commissioner Dani Rylan was quoted as saying “We will pursue all opportunities to ensure the best players in Canada have a place to play. Those conversations have started already and have quickly become a priority.” and “The great players and passionate fans in Canada deserve professional women’s hockey. “
The great players and passionate fans in Canada deserve professional women’s hockey.— Dani Rylan (@DaniRylan) March 31, 2019
They have our attention and we will continue to be leaders to advance the game and value of these extraordinary athletes. https://t.co/jk4N19O1YC
As the story develops we will be talking to players, staff, and hopefully league officials to determine the whole picture.