In a press release made earlier this morning, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) has made the decision to discontinue operations effective May 1, 2019. In the words of the release, “while the on-ice hockey is exceptional, the business model has proven to be economically unsustainable.”
The Blades franchise is the original American-based professional women’s hockey team. Founded in 2010 and originally based in Boston, the team competed in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and boasted a roster that featured many members of the U.S. Women’s National Team. The team played in consecutive Clarkson Cup Finals from 2013-2015, winning it all in ’13 and ’15.