The First Professional Women’s Hockey League to Resume Live on Air


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The National Women’s Hockey League was established in 2015, located in United States and Canada. Commissioner Tyler Tumminia started the league with four teams, but has grown to a total of six teams.

After a long pause of activities, the National Women’s Hockey league are ready to resume and complete the season. Since the abrupt halt, the NWHL did not crown the champion because of COVID-19 concerns and positive test results. On March 26-27, the league will be hosting the Isobel Cup playoffs in Brighton, Massachusetts. The Cup will have four teams competing at the Warrior Ice Arena. While the playoffs are presented by Discover, the games will air live on NBCSN. NWHL Commissioner Tyler Tumminia speaks out about the league finishing what they started. “It means a great deal to our athletes to have the opportunity to compete to lift the Isobel Cup and to be supported by partners who are committed to growing the women’s game”.

One Giant Step for Women’s Sports

Since the early season, Discover Financial Services and the NWHL announced their partnership together. This was a major step for the women’s league. With 50 percent league-wide sponsorship, this would improve and gain an increase of player salaries.  While Discover’s Senior Vice President Kate Manfred expresses hope, they continue growing support in girls’ sports and in hockey. Also as Marketing Officer at Discover, Manfred shares excitement of the first women’s hockey league to be televised on major networks. “We already seeing a positive impact being made in women’s sports, and we look forward to seeing who will ultimately raise the Isobel Cup”.

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(Mimi Castellanos / El Paisano Media) Boston Prides captain and forward Jillian Dempsey (R) hold an all-time record of goals, assists and points in the NWHL. She also won the 2019-20 NWHL Most Valuable Player Award.

While daily COVID-19 tests are being administered to players/staff, playoffs will continue with no fan attendance at the arena. For the first semifinal, Boston Pride will play on their home turf against Toronto Six on March 26, 5pm EST. Minnesota Whitecaps versus Connecticut Whale will follow as the second match at 8pm EST. Winner of both games will compete in the final on March 27 at 7pm EST.

To watch these teams fight for the cup, all games will be televised on NBCSN and streamed on all NBC and NBC Sports platforms.