Sarah Nurse: Paving the Way with Toronto Franchise
Sarah Nurse, a Canadian Olympian with gold and silver medals to her name, has committed to a significant three-year contract with the PWHL's Toronto franchise, extending through the 2025-26 season.
Nurse's enthusiasm for the league's professional approach, coupled with the announcement of an eight-year collective bargaining agreement and improved facilities, reflects the exciting changes happening in women's hockey. This signing also marks a significant milestone for Nurse as she steps into free agency for the first time, allowing her to prioritize her own needs.
The Toronto franchise's General Manager, Gina Kingsbury, has expressed her confidence in Nurse's abilities, acknowledging her as a key player to help launch the franchise. As the PWHL prepares for its inaugural season, set to begin in January across multiple cities, all eyes are on Sarah Nurse and her potential to shine.
Emerance Maschmeyer: A Star in Ottawa's New Team
In parallel, Ottawa's new women's hockey team, part of the PWHL, is making its own waves with the signing of its first players. Among them is Emerance Maschmeyer, a star goaltender in the world of women's hockey. Maschmeyer has signed a significant three-year contract with Ottawa's new professional women's hockey team, covering the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 PWHL seasons. There's no doubt she's a cornerstone of the team's inaugural lineup.
The excitement is palpable as the league's first season approaches, featuring six teams ready to kick off with 24 games in January of 2024. Ottawa's fifth overall pick in the upcoming draft further adds to the anticipation surrounding this budding team.
As the PWHL takes its first steps toward providing a thriving professional platform for women's hockey, athletes like Sarah Nurse and Emerance Maschmeyer are leading the way with their skill, determination, and commitment to the sport. Their stories inspire not only fans of women's hockey but also future generations of athletes, showing that the future of women's professional hockey is brighter than ever before.