Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Campbell-Pascall Joins Chorus for One Women's Hockey League, Resigns from CWHL

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Campbell-Pascall Joins Chorus for One Women's Hockey League, Resigns from CWHL

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Campbell-Pascall calls for one women's league


Talk of a single women's professional hockey league has accelerated, but the two North American organizations don't appear close to a merger.

That the championship games of the Canadian Women's Hockey League and the U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League are both Sunday is evidence enough the two leagues aren't yet interested in working together.

But powerful people in hockey and prominent players are talking about the need for a unified women's league.

Former Canadian Olympic team captain Cassie Campbell-Pascall has resigned from the CWHL's board of governors to speak publicly about it. It's awkward to be critical of the two leagues while serving on the board of one, so Campbell-Pascall stepped down this week.

"I believe in something that's bigger and better than what we have right now," Campbell-Pascall told The Canadian Press. "I've gotten to a point where if I don't say something, I believe it's going to take longer to get where we want to go.

"I'm not at odds with the Canadian Women's Hockey League and I'm not at odds with the National Women's Hockey League. I'm at odds with why we haven't become one.

"I understand there's issues, I understand a different governance structure in both leagues and I understand there's legalities of how difficult this is to become one, but it's not impossible. It's time. Just make it happen. To me, it's about two weeks of meetings."

U.S. women's team captain Meghan Duggan supported Campbell-Pascall's stance on social media.

"She's always been one of, if not the most influential ambassador for our sport. Power move by @CassieCampbell," Duggan tweeted. "Future of women's hockey is huge priority for us all!"

The CWHL turned down a request by The Canadian Press to speak to commissioner Brenda Andress ahead of Sunday's Clarkson Cup in Toronto.

NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan did not return a message seeking comment. The Isobel Cup is Sunday in Newark, N.J.

Rylan recently told The Associated Press "if anyone has a formal plan or ever wants to discuss how we can take the business of professional women's hockey to the next level, the NWHL will always engage with them and do what's best for the game, the players, our supporters and fans. …

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