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A PHF player signed a record deal. How does it compare to the NWSL and WNBA?

Daryl Watts starred for Wisconsin in college, and now she's signed a record contract with the Toronto Six. (Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Premier Hockey Federation will have a new highest-paid player next season.

Daryl Watts signed a record two-year contract with the Toronto Six, which will see her earn $150,000 for the 2023-24 campaign. While PHF players are not required to reveal their salaries, Watts will have the highest known salary.

“I think the main reason why I’m releasing it is because women’s hockey has been struggling for so long,” the 23-year-old Toronto native said. “I think a number like this will provide the women’s hockey community great relief and a great sense of hope that the future is bright.”

As a star college player, she won a national title with Wisconsin in 2021. In the 2021-22 season, she racked up 57 points and 28 goals in 38 games for the Badgers.

Her PHF contract smashes the previous record deal signed by forward Mikyla Grant-Mentis last May. Grant-Mentis joined the Buffalo Beauts on a one-year, $80,000 contract ahead of the 2022-23 season.

The seven-team PHF has a salary cap of $750,000 this season. That figure will double to $1.5 million next season, with a projected salary floor of $1.125 million. Watts’ salary for next season reflects that jump. The PHF salary cap has increased tenfold since 2021, when it stood at $150,000.

How do those numbers compare to the WNBA and the NWSL?

The WNBA salary cap stands at $1,420,500 for 2023, with a salary floor of $1,188,990. While the cap is lower than that of the PHF, WNBA rosters hold fewer players, so the average player likely makes more money.

WNBA players can earn a maximum salary of $234,936 in 2023. The minimum salary is $62,285 for the upcoming season, much higher than the PHF’s minimum of $13,500 for the 2022-23 season, though that was created with part-time players in mind.

The NWSL salary cap stands at $1.375 million for the 2023 season. The league does not have a salary floor, but it does have a minimum player salary of $36,400. In 2022, Washington Spirit forward Trinity Rodman signed the biggest contract in NWSL history, worth $1.1 million over four years.