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!
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”
On January 13, 2017, after 23 years on the national team, Wick hangs up her skates. Since the Olympics began including women’s hockey in the 1998 games, Wickenheiser has been to every single Olympics as part of Canada’ National Women’s Team.