For the first time in almost two years, professional women’s hockey has officially returned to Calgary!
It was March of 2019 when the former Calgary Inferno captured the Canadian Women’s Hockey League championship, the Clarkson Cup, a short time before the league then folded. However, the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association will be filling that space with a new Calgary-based squad joining what will now encompass a five-team league. Over a dozen familiar names from past Calgary Inferno squads will join Team Scotiabank.
Scotiabank has signed on to become the 'Official Bank of the @PWHPA' and has introduced #TeamScotiabank, Calgary's team for the upcoming Secret Dream Gap Tour.— The Sponsorship Space (@SponsorTalk) December 10, 2020
In addition, Scotiabank and the PWHPA will be launching a mentorship program for young female players in 2021. pic.twitter.com/SMKiiuqLnk
Secret Deodorant has pledged a million dollars in a corporate commitment to help the PWHPA along, and the championship trophy will officially be named the Secret Cup. Five teams are based in “hubs”, and have official regional sponsors of their own in-lieu of team names. Calgary’s entry will be named Team Scotiabank, of course familiar from the Scotiabank Saddledome naming rights, and will wear the familiar red colours of the local pro sports scene.
Calgary’s training hub joins Toronto, Montreal, Minnesota, and New Hampshire to encompass what will become a touring competition of some the of the world’s best female pro hockey talent. The PWHPA will be announcing dates for their tour early in 2021, and of course will follow all provincial and federal laws in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay tuned to Matchsticks & Gasoline for updates and news as the PWHPA and Team Scotiabank prepare to hit the ice!