Women’s pro hockey coming to Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo will be the home for one of four franchises in the new National Women’s Hockey League beginning this fall.

League founder Dani Rylan said Buffalo was a clear choice for the city’s love of hockey and the sellout crowd from the U-18 Women’s World Championships held at HarborCenter earlier this year.

Players will get paid to play – the average salary is expected to be $15,000 – which Rylan says makes the NWHL a clear destination for the best women’s players in the world.

“They’re the best at what they do. They are the best in the world in the game of hockey. So, to be able to let them know how appreciated they are and let them know, you can be a professional athlete, your male counterparts get paid and you do too,” said Rylan.

That will likely mean some Olympic-caliber talent in the league.

“Buffalo may be the city that has a handful of Canadian and US Olympians. Those will be announced in the next couple months here, as we get ready to unfold the first season. There will definitely be some Olympians in Buffalo,” said Rylan.

The Buffalo Beauts will begin play this fall. Many details around the franchise are still being finalized, included a potential ownership group and a place to play.

Other teams in the league’s first season will be the Boston Pride, Connecticut Whale, and New York Riveters.

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