PHILADELPHIA (February 27th, 2020) – The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) announces new streaming platforms for the final two Dream Gap Tour stops of the 2019-2020 season, with ESPN as the National Streaming Partner, and Monumental Sports Network as the Digital Home of the PWHPA in the Metro Washington, D.C. area. Fans will now be able to watch both showcase weekends in Philadelphia, PA (February 29-March 1) and Tempe, AZ (March 6-8) by streaming LIVE on the ESPN App, ESPN.com as well as the Monumental Sports App and MonumentalSportsNetwork.com. ESPN customers will need to log in to their account for authentication. All games will be available On Demand exclusively to each of these networks.
The PWHPA and CBC Sports continue their partnership allowing fans in Canada to watch the games on the CBC Gem App.
The PWHPA knows the importance of visibility and is very excited to have three different media partners supporting their mission. “This is a big step for women’s hockey and we are excited to be able to reach so many new fans with ESPN who streams NHL and NCAA Hockey and Monumental Sports who have been innovators in the digital space for the fans of their NHL, NBA, WNBA, NBA G-League and E-Sports teams in the District,” stated Jayna Hefford, Lead Operation Consultant of the PWHPA.
“We are thrilled to work with the PWHPA to bring these marquee, hockey showcase events to a national audience,” said Carol Stiff, ESPN vice president, programming & acquisitions. “ESPN is constantly striving to bring fans the best and most expansive lineup of women’s sports programming and this is another exciting addition to our platforms.”
“We are proud to provide coverage of a multitude of women’s sports on Monumental Sports Network and we were quick to raise our hand when given the opportunity to stream the Dream Gap Tour featuring our very own Haley Skarupa,” Grant Hastings, Vice President of Monumental Sports Network, said. “The PWHPA’s mission of inspiring girls and boys to shoot for the stars aligns perfectly with our platform.”
Games on the ESPN App & ESPN.com are accessible by clicking on the Watch tab or by searching for PWHPA and selecting an event from the results. V-O-D with Monumental Sports Network App is accessible by going to the upper right corner and clicking on the magnifying glass and again typing PWHPA or by scrolling in the LIVE tab on the bottom left of the screen and seeing PWHPA On Demand, Additionally, fans can go on MonumentalSportsNetwork.com for their V-O-D PWHPA action. The PWHPA games will be available in V-O-D for 30 days after their original air date on the ESPN App & ESPN.com, while Monumental will host the content through June 2020.
ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise, features more than 50 assets – eight U.S. television networks, direct-to-consumer ESPN+, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and the ESPN App, ESPN International, and more. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.
About Monumental Sports Network:
Monumental Sports Network presented by Ticketmaster is the mid-Atlantic region’s top destination for exclusive fan experiences and original sports content across desktop, tablet, mobile and OTT streaming devices. Monumental Sports Network is owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) and by NBC Sports Group. Monumental Sports Network serves as a digital platform for fans and customers in the D.C. region and around the world. MSE – Monumental Sports Network’s parent company – is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com
About Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA):
Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association’s (PWHPA) mission is to promote, advance, and support a single, viable professional women’s ice hockey league in North America that showcases the greatest product of women’s professional ice hockey in the world. The organization aims to provide a united voice to players advocating for the creation of a sustainable professional league. PWHPA is working to accomplish its mission by coordinating training needs and programming opportunities during the 2019-2020 season and collaborating with like-minded organizations to make hockey more inclusive for women today and for future generations. To learn more about PWHPA and the Dream Gap tour visit www.pwhpa.com.