Women’s Hockey Takes Stage As New Pro Sports League


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Featuring teams in Boston, Buffalo, Connecticut and New York City, the National Women’s Hockey League has become home to some of the best players in the world. Meghan Duggan, for example, who was the U.S. Olympic Team captain in the gold-medal game in 2014 in Sochi, plays for the Buffalo Beauts, stated npr.com.

“I used to say that after the 2014 Winter Olympics was really the best time to start a professional women’s hockey league. That gold-medal game out in Sochi was the most-watched event on NBC, with 4.9 million viewers,” Rylan tells NPR’s David Greene.

The women’s gold medal hockey game between United States and Canada, according to NBC, was the most watched ice hockey game in the U.S., excluding Stanley Cup Finals, since the men’s gold medal game from Vancouver 2010.

“And people weren’t watching it because it was a women’s game,” he says. “They were watching because it was an amazing hockey game. The game is ready for the professional stage. If 2014 wasn’t the best time, 2015 was the next best.” stated Dani Ryan commissioner and founder of the National Women’s Hockey League.

This year has been amazing. It’s crazy to think that on Jan. 1 of 2015, we hadn’t even announced the launch of the league yet, and then Dec. 31, 2015, we’re playing on the biggest stage at an event partnered with the NHL. So it has been an incredible year, and I think what’s really special about it is the number of generations that this has affected, stated Girls Hockey League.