More than 200 women's hockey players have formed a players association in the ongoing effort to create a sustainable professional league. Players stated that the current women’s option, the NWHL, provides no health insurance and players "were paid as low as $2,000 per season."

Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo, who has been working pro bono with the PWHPA, pointed out, "The singular focus of the PWHPA is to create a sustainable league for professional women's hockey in North America. It's the NHL's decision (whether to back the effort) and we don't speak for them." Ms. Spagnuolo referenced the successful partnership between the NBA and the WNBA as a model for what men's and women's professional hockey should be working towards.

The NHL stated that "it would consider starting a women's league if there were no alternatives for women to play professionally in North America." Ms. Spagnuolo said work has already started in getting training events and exhibitions together if PWHPA players are not able to play in a professional league for the 2019-20 season.

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