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WITH GOLD MEDAL, HOW FAR CAN WOMEN'S HOCKEY HOPE TO GO?
Published February 24, 1998
While the women's U.S. hockey team won the gold, "most people connected with the sport think it's ready for a small-scale regional pro league at best, and perhaps not even that," according to Barbara Huebner of the BOSTON GLOBE. USA Hockey Exec Dir David Ogrean: "A full-fledged professional league is a ways down the line. I think we need to move forward, but realistically forward." Ogrean calls the Women's Professional Hockey League (WPHL), led by Hockey East Dir of Media Relations Ed Saunders, "in the near term probably one of the best ideas." Its four teams would have 20 players each, paid $500-$1,000 per game. Ogrean sees the "biggest boost" of the women's gold medal at the youth, high school and college level (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/24). The WPHL is profiled by BLOOMBERG, as Jack McGregor, one of the league's investors, said the WPHL will incur startup costs of $1-1.2M. Site selection for the four franchises will be announced in March (BLOOMBERG/N.Y. POST, 2/24).