Women's hockey players have filed paperwork to form a players' association with the goal of helping to establish a sustainable professional league in North America. In early May, more than 200 female players vowed to sit out the upcoming season in existing pro leagues--which paid as little as $2,000 a season and failed to offer health insurance.

The Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) will be composed of players from the U.S., Canada and Europe. The members will lobby for a league that offers training opportunities, sponsorships, and health insurance.

Ballard Spahr is working pro bono on behalf of the PWHPA.

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