ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - More than 200 professional women’s hockey players announced the formation of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) Monday. Among the hundreds of players, Anchorage’s Zoey Hickel posted her support for the PWHPA on Instagram.
The statement in Hickel’s Instagram photo wrote that the PWHPA will help players with training needs plus help develop support from sponsors.
The PWHPA represents players from all over the world, and is not exclusive to women who’ve played on their countries' national team.
The statement went on to describe the PWHPA’s vision for the future of professional hockey, and an ideal league for their future.
It’s been widely discussed that the #ForTheGame movement is pushing the hand of the National Hockey League to support women’s professional hockey with adequate funding.
This announcement comes on the heels of the creation of the #ForTheGame movement, which is pushing for a single, viable professional women’s hockey league.
Those who support #ForTheGame said they will sit out next season, and not play in the National Women’s Hockey League. The NWHL is the only North American pro women’s league left after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League folded in March.