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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