NWHL replacing commissioner, moving to individual ownership model: Sources

How the NWHL got here

Hailey Salvian, Senators beat writer: When Rylan Kearney founded the league five years ago, it became the first professional women’s league to be based in the United States. The league’s model has been a bone of contention for years. So far, the league has relied on the financing of private investors and league sponsors.

The goal from Year 1 was always to have private owners for all its franchises. Out of six teams, only two — Boston and Toronto — currently have private owners. The Toronto Six joined the league in the spring with an ownership group already in place.

What do the changes mean?

Salvian: Since founding the league, Rylan Kearney has been something of a controversial figure in the sport. Some of the top women’s hockey players have boycotted the NWHL and formed the PWHPA. The group says it does not

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National Women’s Hockey League founder Dani Rylan Kearney stepping down as commissioner

National Women’s Hockey League founder Dani Rylan Kearney is stepping down as commissioner as part of a restructuring of the league’s governing model, the Associated Press reported.

According to the AP, Rylan Kearney will remain involved as president of an ownership group that controls four of the NWHL’s six teams, while Tyler Tumminia will be appointed as interim commissioner.

The league was scheduled to announce the moves on Tuesday.

The restructuring is a result of the NWHL forming an incorporated association that will be overseen by a board of governors, with one representative per team. This is a departure from the past, when the NWHL oversaw control of all teams.

Tumminia joined the NWHL as chairman of the league’s Toronto Six expansion team, which was founded in April. The Six and the NWHL’s Boston Pride are operated by independent ownership groups.

Rylan Kearney, who was married in August, will oversee

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