PWHPA Announces First 2022-23 Dream Gap Tour Matches
On Friday, the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) announced details for the first two legs of its 2022-23 Dream Gap Tour.
Montreal, Quebec will host the opening weekend of the competition on October 15-16, with each of the four PWHPA teams playing two games at Center 21.02. The Dream Gap Tour will then travel to the Rath Eastlink Community Center in Truro, Nova Scotia, November 4-6, with each team playing three games. A full schedule is below.
The PWHPA formed in May 2019 after over 200 players announced they would not be participating in the 2019–20 season, essentially boycotting the PHF (then NWHL). While the Dream Gap Tour has served as a stopgap solution for the past few years, much of the organization’s work has taken place behind the scenes and away from social media. The long-term goal of the PWHPA is a women’s hockey league that pays decent wages, provides comprehensive health benefits and treats players like professionals.
“When I’m close to it as a player, I wanted it (a new women’s pro league) yesterday. I think we all did it,” PWHPA board member Hilary Chevalier Told On its territory last month. “By stepping away (and) putting on a business hat, what we’ve accomplished over the past three years is incredible, especially when you take into consideration all the other things we have to juggle.”
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In May, the PWHPA signed a letter of intent with Billie Jean King Enterprises and the Mark Walter Group, with the goal of creating a new women’s professional hockey league.
It was previously reported that the PWHPA-led league (separate from the Dream Gap Tour) would launch in January 2023, but a source with knowledge of the league’s plans said last month that the schedule had changed. As a result, this season’s Dream Gap Tour will run until March 2023.
Unlike previous years, the four PWHPA teams this season – Team Adidas, Team Harvey’s, Team Scotiabank and Team Sonnet – will not be determined regionally. The lists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Many of the athletes who competed at the IIHF World Women’s Championship last week are expected to attend; every post-graduate member of the U.S. and Canadian rosters has ever been a member of the PWHPA.
Brianne JennerPWHPA board member who scored both goals in Canada’s 2-1 win over the United States at Worlds, told On Her Turf she was delighted with what the fall had in store for her .
“There’s going to be a lot of good hockey. The PWHPA tour that we’re going to have, it’s going to be the best of the best. Lots of players in this tournament, top American players, top Canadian players, I think it’s going to be fantastic to watch.
PWHPA Dream Gap Tour Schedule – Montreal Stop
- October 15, 1:30 p.m.: Team Scotiabank vs. Team Sonnet
- October 15, 4:15 p.m.: Team Harvey’s vs. Team adidas
- October 16, 1:30 p.m.: Team adidas vs. Team Scotiabank
- October 16, 4:15 p.m.: Team Sonnet vs. Team Harvey’s
Additional details and ticket information for Montreal can be found here.
PWHPA Dream Gap Tour Schedule – Truro Stop
- November 4, 4:30 p.m.: Team Scotiabank vs. Team Harvey’s
- November 4, 8:00 p.m.: Team adidas vs. Team Sonnet
- November 5, 3:30 p.m.: Team Sonnet vs. Team Harvey’s
- November 5, 7 p.m.: Team Scotiabank vs. Team adidas
- November 6, 12:00 p.m.: Team adidas vs. Team Sonnet
- November 6, 3:30 p.m.: Team Harvey’s vs. Team Scotiabank
Additional details and ticket information for Truro can be found here.
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