Three Canadian teams part of Professional Women’s Hockey League

Marie-Philip Poulin (HockeyMedia, Wikimedia Commons)

According to CBC Sports on Wednesday, the Professional Women’s Hockey League announced that there will be three Canadian teams that will participate in its inaugural league. The teams will be located in Toronto, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec, and Ottawa, Ontario.

In all, there will be six teams in the league, with the other three teams in the United States. The American based teams are in New York City, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

At this time there are conflicting reports when the league will start. CBC Sports is reporting the league will begin in November of 2023. However, ESPN is reporting that the league will start in January of 2024.

There are also plans that the league will stop for a period of time in April so its players can participate in the 2024 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Hockey Championships in Utica, New York. The 10 teams participating at the World Championship are Canada, China, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Canada and the United States are the heavy favourites to play for gold. In the history of the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Hockey Championships, they have played against each other 21 of 22 times in the gold medal game.

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