Daily Roundup: Pro women’s hockey gets a boost, when will the NHL start and more

Updated: October 23, 2020 at 3:47 pm by Zach Laing

Calgary Inferno players celebrate with the trophy after beating Les Canadiennes de Montreal 5-2 to win the 2019 Clarkson Cup game in Toronto, on Sunday, March 24 , 2019. 

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Women’s hockey gets a boost

The Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association has received a $1-million commitment from deodorant company Secret to fund the Dream Gap Tour in 2021. On Thursday, the PHWPA announced the commitment which is the largest from a corporate company in pro women’s hockey in North America.

“Thanks to brands like Secret, players are given access to the necessary training facilities and resources and opportunities to compete, that professional sport demands. And fans are given the chance to cheer on their favourite athletes and rally behind their home teams,” PWHPA Operations Consultant Jayna Hefford said in release.

The dream gap tour will consist of over 100 of the top women’s hockey players including Olympians from both Canada and the U.S. to showcase the talent in women’s hockey. The PHWPA is currently building franchises in five markets: Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Minnesota and New Hampshire. Players will compete in six championship-style showcase events across North America with cash prizes and the Secret Cup to be won.

GM meetings held

GM meetings were held on Friday and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that they went on for over two hours. Among the items tabled were what the 2020-21 season would look like, the timing of it, the AHL and player development, an update on the Seattle expansion draft and the draft lottery.

LeBrun reported that GM’s didn’t get hard answers from the league in regards to the next season and that many factors are still at play. On top of that, the joint committee hasn’t met yet.

In terms of the draft lottery, LeBrun reported that GM’s questioned if it was time for a change. Seattle appears to be on target with what they need for next season, LeBrun reported, adding there was discussion of potentially bringing back the two-to-three day UFA speaking period.

Players getting paid

According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, players will be paid next week for the first time since April. Players who have contracts in place for the 2020-21 season and were frozen on a roster at the pause will be paid 8.1 per cent of their ’21 salary by Oct. 31st.

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