Ice hockey-NWHL doubles salary cap for 2021-22 season

(Reuters) – The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) will double its wage cap from $150,000 to $300,000 per group beginning with the 2021-2022 season, stated commissioner Tyler Tumminia on Wednesday.

Based upon 20-player lineups, the typical wage would increase to $15,000 per gamer.

“The NWHL is committed to its vision of providing opportunities for elite women’s hockey players to earn a living playing the game they love,” said Tumminia in a statement on the league website.

“This increased financial investment by ownership, specifically following a tough and reduced season, is a substantial advance and exhibits the strength of our league and our establishing company design as we continue to advance expert ladies’s hockey and influence the next generation of female professional athletes.”

Regardless of the effect of COVID-19, the six-team, U.S.-based league has actually seen a boost in sponsors and audiences.

The Isobel Cup playoffs were telecasted throughout the United States for the very first time on NBCSN with typical audiences of over 100,000 per video game, while online audiences on the league’s streaming platform, Twitch, produced over 2 million views and produced a 260% boost in year-over-year following.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Modifying by Toby Davis)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.