New details emerging as PWHPA prepares to launch own league

On this edition of 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discuss the independent report on the NHLPA's investigation into the Kyle Beach situation, Bo Horvat's injury, the details emerging around the PWHPA and a new women's league, and more.

The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association is preparing to start up its own league in the wake of talks collapsing with the Premier Hockey Federation.

“We’ve reported before that the PWHPA is going their own way, and now some details are starting to emerge as to what this league could look like,” Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek said during the 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.

Marek said the league will be a six-team league, made up of teams in Canada and the United States. Teams would have 23 players, with a base salary of $35,000 and an average salary of $55,000 plus bonuses. The 32-game season will run from January to April of 2023.

Marek added that the PWHPA would rebrand, and the league would have a new name that’s yet to be determined.

“I reached out to representatives of the PWHPA today and they’re not confirming this, but based on all of our findings, all of our conversations, this is where it’s headed with the PWHPA,” Marek said.

Talks between the PWHPA and the PHF to collaborate on one league dissolved earlier this week, Hailey Salvian of The Athletic reported.

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