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Breaking: NWHL expands into Canada, NHL backs women’s league

A HUGE win for women’s hockey, especially after this weekend’s news about the closing of the CWHL.

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This past weekend the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) abruptly announced that it will cease operations entirely on May 1st, 2019. Just two days later though, the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) has announced that it will expand into Canada for the upcoming 2019-20 season with teams in Toronto and Montreal.

Check out this report from ESPN’s Emily Kaplan:


No word yet on whether the existing CWHL teams, the Toronto Furies and Montreal Canadiennes, will simply merge into the NWHL or if the league will create new franchises.

In addition, the NHL has stepped up to “significantly up its contribution” in the NWHL:


Both the Furies and the Canadiennes received funding from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, but it’s unclear whether that will continue if the teams do in fact merge into the NWHL.

More to come on this breaking news story.