US-based women’s professional hockey league raises salary cap

BOSTON (AP) — The Premier Hockey Federation is raising team salary caps for the remainder of this season and next to support the expansion of the U.S.-based women’s league.

The PHF announced that the six teams can spend an additional $10,000 beyond the current cap of $300,000 this season to add talent from other locations. The change includes the ability to have 26 players on a roster and dress 18 skaters per game, up from 25 and 17 previously.

The league previously announced an increase in the cap to $750,000 next season when two additional teams are added. The current six teams are located in Boston; Toronto; Newark, New Jersey; Danbury, Connecticut; Buffalo, New York; and St. Paul, Minnesota.

“These changes reflect the PHF’s long-standing commitment to providing opportunities for professional athletes and our goal to attract world-class talent to our teams,” said commissioner Tyler Tumminia, who is stepping down after the season. “This is another positive step forward as we approach the peak of this historic season and look to the future growth of the PHF and professional women’s hockey across North America with resources dedicated like never before.

The adjustments come amid news of Tumminia’s impending resignation and the potential sale of the Minnesota Whitecaps. League spokesman Paul Krotz told The Associated Press on Saturday that Tumminia cited personal reasons when she told the board of governors in January that she was stepping down after two seasons.


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