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CAN '98 GAMES PAVE THE WAY FOR WOMEN'S PRO HOCKEY LEAGUES?
Published October 17, 1997
At least three pro women's hockey leagues "are looking to hit the ice in the next couple of years," according to Ken Campbell of the HOCKEY NEWS. Campbell reports that "some people think there is big money to be made from it." Among the fledgling leagues are the Women's Pro Hockey League, which claims to have "substantial financial backing and received signed letters of intent from 16 of 20 top American players." In addition, the U.S. Women's Pro Hockey League wants to begin with a ten-team exhibition schedule before expanding to 26 teams in four divisions, including teams in Honolulu, Edmonton, Biloxi and Beijing (HOCKEY NEWS, 10/17). In Hartford, Tommy Hine reported that the Women's Pro Hockey League "will debut next spring," with six teams, three each in Canada and the U.S. One franchise will be owned by former Penguins Owner Jack McGregor. WPHL President Ed Saunders: "At this point, we have identified several franchises. Right now, Connecticut is our strongest candidate." WPHL players would "average $500 a week, with top players earning $1,000 (HARTFORD COURANT, 10/8).