The release of the event has been out since Friday afternoon but only just saw it (hence, why it's inadvisable to release things on Friday afternoons), but the NWHL announced there will be an 11:30 AM Central luncheon centered around an announcement.
Attendees announced (in order billed on the release):
-NWHL Commish Dani Rylan
-NWHL Deputy Commish Hayley Moore
-Winny Brodt Brown and other representatives of the Minnesota Whitecaps.
-Amanda Leveille, 2018 NWHL Goalie of the Year [Buffalo] and Minnesota alumna.
-Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Clearly they're announcing #OneLeague
In all seriousness, the Whitecaps joining makes a ton of sense. The NWHL ASG was played out there this past January and it makes sense to have an existing club affiliate with the league as opposed to starting a competing club.
Last edited by Scott_TG; 05-13-2018 at 12:08 AM.
If the Whitecaps are joining the NWHL (and it's pretty obvious that's what the announcement is going to be), travel budgets are going to get interesting, as they will have to fly to all their away games in the northeast. They will get a lot more games on their schedule, and better quality games, too, so that's a plus for them. I read somewhere that the expansion fee for the NWHL is $500,000...I wonder where that's coming from. I bet it isn't Terry Pegula
They need to merge and fill out some more markets. Pittsburgh, DC, Chicago and Detroit come to mind.
The official release is out. The NWHL has "acquired" the Whitecaps. They will compete in the league starting next season.
The league now owns the club. Who owned it prior?
Last edited by Scott_TG; 05-15-2018 at 11:18 AM.
"... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling
Link above states NWHL eventually wants all its teams aligned with NHL teams, and one league. Everything about today is exciting.... jealous of you Minnesotans with all this hockey to watch.
I suspect the China inclusion in CWHL complicates a merger at this time. I forget if there was a time limit on the China inclusion in the CW but if so, a merger might be more likely at the conclusion of that endeavor.
More information here: https://www.startribune.com/professio...eam/482688271/
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