The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association, aka PWHPA, has announced a tour of the world’s best female hockey players that will give life to the dream that one day girls can play in a professional league that compensates it’s players fairly. Kendall Coyne Schofield, who we have been talking about quite a bit this year, said in the PWHPA’s article:
“This is a year of purpose for every member of the Players Association. Young hockey players – boys and girls – should be able to share a dream of one day making a living as a professional hockey player. That reality doesn’t exist today for girls. Together, we are on a mission to change that.” (x)
The tour will feature players such as:
- Kendall Coyne Schofield
- Marie-Philip Poulin
- Amanda Kessel
- Brianna Decker
- Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson
- Monique Lamoureux-Morando
- Hilary Knight
- Natalie Spooner
- Brianne Jenner
The tour will include a weekend with youth clinics and a four-team tournament between the superstars. There will also be a game where the team plays off against Boston College on Saturday, September 21st and another game against the San Jose Sharks alumni on Sunday, September 22nd. So far, the tour will be stopping in 3 cities: Toronto, Ontario (Canada) from September 20th-22nd, 2019; Hudson, New Hampshire (USA) from October 4th-6th, 2019; Chicago, Illinois (USA) from October 18th-20th, 2019.
Read more about the PWHPA here.
This tour is so important in today’s hockey climate. It is insane that women in hockey don’t have a stable league to play in after college and this tour helps them push closer to finding a way to make that kind of league work. Female hockey players aren’t the only female professional athletes going through these same motions, even though players will not be compensated for this tour.
This year has been eventful for the female hockey world, with Kendall’s race, the collapse of the CWHL, the NWHL expansion, and boycott of the NWHL until there is better pay; this is another event that is going to change the game as we know it. One of the goals of the tour is for the association to meet with organizations to make hockey more inclusive to girls and women of all ages. This is a fantastic way to go about it. It gets fans and players involved as well as showcasing the unreal talent that is in women’s hockey!
Hopefully, Ham Sports will be attending the Chicago weekend and we’ll be happy to report back about the fantastic weekend!
Featured Image: pwhpa.com