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The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) officially announced the acquisition of the Minnesota Whitecaps earlier today at a press conference held at Herbie’s on the Park in St. Paul. The Minnesota Whitecaps join the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, and the Metropolitan Riveters as the NWHL’s fifth, and first expansion NWHL team. The Minnesota Whitecaps will begin play in 2018-19, the fourth season since the league’s formation in 2015.
In her address to the media, League Founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan described the significance of the addition of the Minnesota Whitecaps to the NWHL, “Minnesota is an essential part of women’s hockey in North America. When you consider all of the talented players in this area and the passion this community has for the game, the Whitecaps are going to be incredible on and off the ice. The women’s hockey players of Minnesota are among the best in the world at what they do and now they'll have an opportunity to play professionally. After all, the young girls of this state should be able to dream as big as their brothers. Having Minnesota in the NWHL expands our national footprint and grows our game in so many ways. This is a monumental step for the NWHL.”
Rylan was joined by NWHL Deputy Commissioner and Director of Player Development Hayley Moore, Governor Mark Dayton, and Minnesota Whitecaps co-captain Winny Brodt Brown for the announcement of the expansion organization. Several current and former members of the Minnesota Whitecaps were also in attendance for one of the most significant moments in Minnesota sports history.
In an interview following the press conference, Brown expressed her excitement for the club’s new era, “On behalf of my teammates and everyone in the Whitecaps organization, I want to say that this is an incredible moment for women’s hockey in Minnesota, and we’re truly excited to become a member club in the NWHL. We are determined to have a women's professional team that the hockey fans of Minnesota can be proud of. I’m looking forward to hitting the ice with my teammates and being able to play for the Isobel Cup!”
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