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April 01, 2019

CWHL Shutdown - Let's #sticktogether

We are deeply saddened by the news of the folding of the CWHL this past Sunday.  The League's announcement stated that “while the on-ice hockey is exceptional, the business model has proven to be economically unsustainable.” This news comes a week after the Clarkson Cup Final attracted close to 4700 fans in the stands and a record 175,000 television viewers. 

We applaud the players, staff, volunteers, and trailblazers who worked tirelessly to create and grow this talented professional league. We believe in the present and the future of women’s hockey and will continue to do our part to showcase this great game from community-level athletes to the pros. 

Hockey leaders are optimistic about the future of women’s hockey 

Liz Knox - CWHL Player Association Co-chair and Markham Thunder Goalie 

Liz is an extraordinary force within the CWHLPA, her team and her community.  Catch Liz’s interview with SB Nation to hear her perspective on how she and players are making sense of the news

Read what she has to say about the folding of the CWHL: 


Chelsea Purcell - General Manager, Markham Thunder 

Hear what Chelsea Purcell has to say about the future of women’s hockey and the role the NHL could play in growing hockey in her interview with Global News

Sami Jo Small - CWHL Co-Founder and board member, former Olympian, and General Manager of Toronto Furies 

Sami Jo “remains optimistic that something will rise from the ashes”. Read her interview with CBC

What you can do. Be the difference.

Help maintain the momentum. Take action. Show your support in real ways. 

  1. Cheer on all levels of women’s hockey. Buy tickets. Bring your family and friends. 
  2. Follow your favourite athlete or team on social media or on platforms like SeeWhatSheCanDo.com, The Gist, Shes4sportCARHA Women’s Hockey blog, Women’s Sports Highlights and the rest of our community that invests time and resources to showcase women's hockey.
  3. Only two days till puck drop! Tune into the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship live from Espoo, Finland from April 4-14, 2019. Find TSN's broadcast schedule here. Track all games and scores at Hockey Canada
  4. Send us your hockey photos, stories, and game coverage and we'll help shine the spotlight on this great game of hockey! Simply hashtag #seewhatshecando on social media or post your story directly on SeeWhatSheCando.com.



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Start a hockey group or post your hockey event on our SWSCD Hub.  

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Have a hockey moment you'd like to celebrate?  Share your highlights directly on our Discover blog or by using #seewhatshecando on social media and inspire others to get active. 


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