With women from the United States and Canada occupying Thursday's gold medal spotlight, it seems natural to ask the question: Might we ever see a women's pro hockey league in North America?
International competition, after all, has proved a natural springboard for larger endeavors. The WNBA used the 1996 Olympics as a pseudo-launching pad while the late Women's United Soccer Association was a product of the intense popularity the 1999 U.S. World Cup team achieved.
The creation of a "WNHL," however, remains a non-starter with Gary Bettman, who had plans to attend Canada's 3-2 overtime win over the the United States on Thursday. The NHL commissioner has been asked about the possibility of pro women's hockey a few times this past week and his responses haven't left much room for optimism.
In short: While women's hockey in North America has been a relative success at the Olympic and collegiate levels, it doesn't yet have the sheer numbers of younger players that soccer and basketballRead More »from Could we see a WNHL any time soon? Gary Bettman doesn't think so