Hockey fans: Catch a PWHPA game this weekend - and then skate with the pros
Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin will be among the notable hockey players in Boisbriand Oct. 12 for a game featuring the game's best. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
MONTREAL -- On Oct. 12, some of the best hockey players in the world will converge for a Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association game just north of Montreal.
The PWHPA formed after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) folded just after the 2018-2019 season.
Mélodie Daoust, PWHPA member and Team Canada forward, put the PWHPA’s goal quite simply: “we want to keep women’s hockey at the forefront and be able to be there for the next generation, so that they can make a job out of it.”
Over the past few months, players have been travelling with the PWHPA’s “Dream Gap” tour, which features a series of showcase games. The goal is to close the gap between what boys and girls can achieve in professional hockey.
“It’s been pretty amazing” says Team Canada captain and PWHPA member Marie-Philip Poulin, “we were pretty scared about this year [with the folding of the CWHL], but being able to put these showcases together and play, it was kind of like we were kids, so much excitement.”
The tour travelled to Toronto, New Hampshire, and will soon hit Chicago.