Unlike the NHL, there will be no announcements of upper- or lower-body injuries with the Montreal team in the LPHF. Players will be injured, and that’s that. That’s what general manager @coachdaniele said yesterday at a press conference.
– Geneviève Tardif (@tardifgen) December 13, 2023
I know something about that: I’ve been juggling two or three podcastideas for two or three years now… which I’ve never launched, because I don’t want to rush it.
I love the initiative of the PWHL, a professional women’s hockey league founded last August by Mark Walter and his group of investors. Six teams will participate in the league’s first season, three in Canada (Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa) and three in the USA (Boston, New York and Minnesota).
The league has tried to do things in a serious way, even going so far as to create a players’ union… headed by Brian Burke. At least the two parties agreed on an eight-season deal.
But on many other levels, the new professional league has been amateurish… or at least hasty and lacking in experience and/or vision.
When you’ve seen the defunct CWHL die out after just five years of existence… and the NWHL become the PHF, then disappear, you’ve got to get it right when you decide to launch your product (in this case, a new professional women’s hockey league).
But there have been many mistakes so far, and the first game hasn’t even been played yet.
We had decided on six team names(Boston Wicked, Minnesota Superior, Montreal Echo, New York Sound, Ottawa Alert and Toronto Torch)… but a few social protests meant that, initially, the league will have six city names and six color kits, but no team names… and no logos!
Not ideal when you want to connect with your new local fanbase…
The schedule was published late in the fall, which doesn’t leave much time to try and sell tickets. In fact, at the time of writing, none of the teams have yet put their individual tickets on sale.
Teams will play in arenas seating less than 4,000 (in Toronto)… but also in amphitheaters seating close to 20,000 (New York and Minnesota). At least in Montreal, several season tickets in the Verdun Auditorium have already been snapped up. It’s not like that everywhere!
Others don’t understand how easily avoidable mistakes could have been made… and are still being made today. Should we have waited another year before launching the project? Perhaps not.
It’s like trying to paint the walls, but the joints haven’t been pulled yet.
Just this morning, we learned that the league will not be disclosing the nature of injuries sustained by its players. In fact, it’ll be even worse than in the NHL: they won’t even say whether it’s an upper or lower body injury!
You know, when you start a new project, you have to look at what works and what doesn’t work elsewhere. You have to try to do as well as elsewhere, or even better. However, the NHL’s policy of hiding real injuries – unlike a league like the NFL – has many people in North America fuming.
I know, there’s the medical confidentiality aspect involved, but with the information floating around on social networks, online betting sites – legal and illegal – multiplying everywhere and the constant challenge of selling women’s hockey, it seems to me that you should have avoided painting yourself like that.
Girls often demand better conditions when they play hockey, and they’re absolutely right to do so. They deserve better.
Let’s hope that the LPHF product isn’t created too quickly and that it doesn’t do what its predecessors have done, which is to disappear too quickly. Women’s hockey deserves to flourish, not wither. And young female fans deserve real female role models.
The LPHF claims to have a long-term vision with its product: let’s hope that a few short-term difficulties don’t nip a highly interesting project in the bud. Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past. We can’t always count on Chinese money to save our North American product…
Note that the minimum salary should be $35,000 and the average salary around $55,000… and that the reserve players won’t have it easy.
Quebec better represented in the LPHF than in the NHL
Everything you need to know about the new women’s hockey league in this post by @PatLaprade https://t.co/ZtyIAIEl7v
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) December 13, 2023
– Shohei Ohtani’s contract continues to be the talk of the town.
I’ve got a good idea, let’s bring back the Expos, hire an all-star lineup and push the payroll amounts back to year 3500. https://t.co/5XAHq1u6lU
– Jeremy Filosa (@JeremyFilosa) December 13, 2023
– Tom Brady, Expos legend… in real life?
– Expos Fest #EnRoutePour3Million #RoadTo3Million (@ExposFest) December 13, 2023
– It’s up to him to make the most of it.
Le Canadien | Mitchell Stephens, the one who takes advantage of Jake Evans’ audition https://t.co/PLEpmtDRqk
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) December 13, 2023
– Another player who stays put.
The @MTLAlouettes announced Wednesday that they have extended the contract of receiver Tyson Philpot(@Tysonphilpot), one of the main heroes of the 1⃣1⃣0⃣e #CoupeGrey.#LCF | #CFL https://t.co/pMNqzCjgCY until 2025.
– LCF (@LCFca) December 13, 2023
– Will he or won’t he?
A new report from ESPN states that Robert Kraft might be reconsidering his Bill Belichick succession plan. https://t.co/18u0Ja9P65
– masslivesports (@masslivesports) December 13, 2023