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Harrison Browne is the first openly transgender man to compete on a North America pro team, and now the NWHL has vowed to protect him

Without any precedent, it was unclear whether a man should be allowed to play on a women’s sports team. So, the NWHL created a policy specifically to address this question. It states that “people designated female at birth, regardless of their gender identity” are allowed on the women’s team and says the league “supports athletes choosing to express their gender beyond the binary of female and male.” Woohoo!

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don't let the NWHL die!!

the NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in the US to pay its players (even the CWHL is still unpaid), starting at a $10,000 minimum. now in its second season, the salary had to be reduced to $5,000 minimum in order to sustain the league.

please don’t let this league die. women’s sports is finally starting to take hold, and it’s up to the fans to keep it going

my headcanon of jack aggressively supporting the samwell women’s hockey team is really important to me. consider:

  • jack routinely parenting the smh team into going and cheering the ladies on. they usually sit at the front of the students’ section
  • shitty is really into it and buys the jersey of his fave swh player and is predictably obnoxious in an endearing way
  • don’t worry, she knows him at this point and it’s cool
  • jack arranging practices with the ladies because while his guys are good, they can always learn something about speed and dexterity from the swh team
  • jack taking appropriate opportunities to talk up the swh and how talented they are
  • when asked if he’s trying to lend his celebrity to women’s sports he just replies “equality is always important, but they don’t need me to tell you how good they are. their 29-0 record last season speaks for itself”
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So this is really big. To quote Jen Neales article

The NHLPA is not beholden to the actions of the NHL or its member teams. As an independent organization, they can do whatever they want with the money collected through dues paid by the players.

When reached for comment NHLPA spokesperson Jonathan Weatherdon stated, “We are looking forward to working with the CWHL as both organizations share a commitment to growing the game of hockey.”

The NHLPA has sizable assets, not just in money but also in reach. This looks really promising for the CWHL to keep their commitment to paying their players in the upcoming season.