The New York Rangers have partnered with the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) to host an upcoming game on the 2021 Dream Gap Tour at Madison Square Garden.
The game, scheduled for Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. ET, will be the first stop on the 2021 tour and the first time a professional women's hockey game will be played at MSG. Additional dates for the tour have yet to be announced, but in a statement the PWHPA says all games will adhere to local health guidelines.
“This is a major milestone for women’s hockey and young girls who aspire to play professional hockey but don’t have the option to make it a career today,” said Jayna Hefford, PWHPA operations consultant. “NHL teams are uniquely positioned to elevate women’s hockey to the next level. They bring major brand strength, corporate relationships and access to a fan base. I want to thank the New York Rangers and Bauer Hockey for helping us reach this achievement. We’re even more excited to celebrate this milestone on National Girls and Women in Sports Day.”
The PWHPA, which was founded in 2019, features approximately 125 players from around the world with the goal "to advocate for and advance equity, fairness and opportunity in women’s professional hockey."
Last season's Dream Gap Tour featured stops in Toronto, Philadelphia and Chicago, among others.
“The talent level of women’s hockey is simply incredible, and the Rangers organization is honoured to host this game. We’re excited to play even a small role in helping elevate visibility for the women’s game,” New York Rangers president John Davidson said in a statement. “We all love this sport so much and any opportunity the Rangers have to participate in its advancement is something we want to be a part of. It’s a win for everyone involved.”