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Report: PWHPA is preparing to form six-team league

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The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association is planning to start its own league after reportedly deciding to part ways with the Premier Hockey Federation, per Sportsnet.

Jeff Marek of Sportsnet reports that the league will be composed of six teams from Canada and the United States, each with 23-player rosters.

Players are said to have a base salary of $35,000 and an average salary of $55,000 plus bonuses. The inaugural season will include 32 games and reportedly will run from January to April of 2023.

The news comes after The Athletic’s Hailey Salvian reported Monday that the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association had voted to move forward with its plans for a league without the Premier Hockey Federation.

“I reached out to representatives of the PWHPA today and they’re not confirming this, but based on all of our findings, all of our conversations, this is where it’s headed with the PWHPA,” Marek said during the 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada.