The Professional Hockey Games Association is entering its second season with plans to regionalize its structure by basing players in five suburbs, continuing the Dream Gap Tour burnstorm stop across North America. .
He will practice on a team of 25 players in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, Alberta where they will have access to dedicated locker rooms, endurance and conditioning facilities, as well as support staff and coaches, he announced this Wednesday. Association.
The decision to set up the hub city came as a result of feedback from PWHPA members after the first season.
The regionalization framework allows PWHPA to concentrate its resources in five locations, where players can practice and schedule exposure games to extend game time beyond the scheduled six to eight dream stops. Gap Tour
Last year, the team tied up at eight places in the association, some of which lacked enough players to practice full. Players also had very few opportunities to compete in the games, with a few exhibition competitions scheduled around the six Dream Gap events over the weekend.
“The new structure provides players with a more professional training environment on a regular basis that gives us the opportunity to keep the best products of women’s professional ice hawks on a daily basis,” said Kendall Quinn Shoffield, chairman of the PWHP board. A statement.
The PWHP was formed a year ago after the collapse of the six-team Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Its lineup includes about 200 players, including members of the U.S. and Canadian national teams, who pledged not to participate in the U.S.-based Women’s National Hockey League.
Unfortunately with the NWHL financial constraints backed by private investors, PWHP favored the formation of professional leagues with long-term sustainable economic models.
The PWHPA announced that the NWHL had announced that the sixth team would be expanded to Toronto next season – and would be the first to be added in Canada.
25 regional players will be selected after a test and regional members will be able to compete in the games.
Jenna Hayford, an executive member of PWHP, told the Associated Press by telephone that “further consolidation of our territories will make it possible for our players to provide better resources within those regions.”
He added, “It was a priority for us to increase the level of commitment and provide additional resources so that our athletes can improve and perform at the highest level.” “Under no circumstances do we think they should or should be, but our goal is always to provide the highest professional experience we can.”
PWHPA players are not paid, but the world’s largest private sector union spent food, travel, uniforms and facilities last year by numerous corporate sponsors, including Budweiser, Secret, Adidas and Unifor. Canada. PWHPA also had the support of the NHL Players Association and several NHL teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Arizona Quotes, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capital, which promoted the last two Dream Gaps on their network. Infection.
The coronavirus epidemic has caused economic uncertainty in many organizations, Hayford said, adding that preliminary discussions indicate that otherwise all PWHP corporate partners are committed to supporting players again next season.