Here’s what’s happening in the PWHPA for the month of November 2020
Secret® Dream Gap Tour
On October 22nd, 2020, Secret® Deodorant announced a $1 million commitment to the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA), the largest corporate commitment ever made for professional women’s hockey in North America.
Through a series of six Showcase events across North America, for the first time ever, players will compete for cash prizes and the Secret® Cup. Events like these are critical to bring attention to the incredible talent of these athletes and the need for better infrastructure to support girls’ and women’s hockey.
This year, 125 of the sport’s top players, including 38 Olympians like Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Sarah Nurse, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker will take the ice in the Secret® Dream Gap Tour with teams in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Minnesota and New Hampshire.
Visit The Players page to see a complete list of the regional rosters.
A Message from Jayna
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us immensely, and we have certainly faced our own challenges. In early 2020, the PWHPA and women’s hockey felt a wave of momentum coming out of a successful inaugural ‘Dream Gap Tour’, and following the well-received 3 vs 3 Elite women’s hockey event at the NHL all-star weekend in St. Louis. Following our final DGT event, all of our lives changed; sport disappeared, but athletes didn’t.
We have seen athletes across many sports stand up for social and racial justice, speak out against inequality and help support those in needs during these difficult circumstances. The members of the PWHPA have stepped up in big ways, and I could not be more proud of our athletes. Our work doesn’t stop. We will continue to push for a better future – for women, for future athletes and for our communities. We are resilient and determined.
We are excited for what’s ahead for the PWHPA. We are so incredibly fortunate to have loyal and trusted partners who stand with us, and advocate for a better future for women’s hockey. We are thrilled to be embarking on the upcoming
Secret® (https://equalsweat.ca/en-ca/tour) Dream Gap Tour (https://equalsweat.ca/en-ca/tour) . Secret® represents everything that we believe in – Equal sweat deserves an equal opportunity. The recent $1,000,000 dollar commitment to the PWHPA is significant and we hope that it serves as the beginning of a new wave of momentum for women’s hockey. We know there is lots of work yet to do, but we hope you will join us in our mission to leave the game better and ensure that every young girl sees a future for herself in the sport.
Thank you for your continued support,
Jayna Hefford, PWHPA Operations Consultant
PWHPA in the News
- Bottega Gold is now the Official Prosecco of the PWHPA
This partnership is the perfect pairing to continue the growth and development of women’s hockey. To read more about the partnership, visit the PWHPA News page.
- Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando are releasing a book
Their book entitled “Dare to Make History: Chasing a Dream and Fighting for Equity” will be released in February 2021. The book chronicles their journey on and off the ice to reach the pinnacle of women’s hockey. Pre-order yours now on Amazon Canada or Amazon US.
- Sarah Nurse and Liz Knox were guests on the GALvanize Podcast – Throwing Shades
They were discussing allyship and inclusivity in hockey. Listen to the episode now on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
PWHPA & COVID Relief
During these difficult times, Kendall Coyne Schofield and the Schofield Family Foundation have turned their efforts to providing relief to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have provided 60,000 meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. In addition, the foundation has purchased 10 nights of individually boxed catered dinners from local restaurants and delivered them to the families at the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn, Illinois. The founders of the Schofield Family Foundation, Kendall and Michael Schofield, volunteered their time boxing meals at The Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Orland Park Pantry.
You can show your support by donating now.
PWHPA Pet of the Month
- Parents: PWHPA member Kristen Richards & board adviser Liz Knox
- Breed: Bordoodle
- Age: 1.5 years
- Likes: Frisbee, snow, cuddles, playing with his friends, chasing bugs
- Dislikes: Things that move in the dark and loud sounds
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