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BROOKLYN, NY – The National Women’s Hockey League today announced a bonus payment structure for its players based on attendance.
“This was a great example of collaboration between the NWHL and the NWHLPA,” said New York Riveters defender Ashley Johnston, who is the captain and a player representative for the team. “It demonstrates the unique opportunity we, as players, have in being able to lay down the foundations of a professional female hockey league. This platform will aid players in financially sustaining their dreams of being a professional athlete and continue to be a role model for every kid who is looking up to them, dreaming to wear a NWHL jersey one day. I’m excited to continue working with the league in making the NWHL the best place for players to play and for fans to enjoy the incredible sport of hockey.”
For each game, players will receive 100 percent of ticket revenue after 500 tickets are sold. There will be a 50/50 split between the home and road teams participating in the game. The bonus is for every regular season game at every venue, and went into effect on Dec. 1.
“The decision to have the players benefit from strong attendance came out of recent discussions about how we can grow our league and business together,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan. “We’re very happy to offer this to the players and be the only women’s hockey league in North America that not only compensates its players, but provides attendance-based bonuses. The players make our league, and they deserve this. Our fans should know that when they come out to see NWHL games and fill the stands, they are supporting our amazing players in a big way.”
As an example, when the Boston Pride hosted the Connecticut Whale on Dec. 3 and drew a capacity crowd of 750, the players from both teams shared all of the revenue from the 250 tickets sold over the 500-seat mark. The attendance-related payout is a bonus beyond each player’s salary. NWHL players also receive 15 percent from sales of their respective jerseys and shirseys.
The NWHL and the player representatives from the league’s four franchises in Boston, Buffalo, Connecticut and New York created the attendance initiative together.
“I am excited that the league is taking strides forward to remain faithful to the players,” said Anya Battaglino, a defender and player representative with the Connecticut Whale. “This is truly rewarding the product on the ice, and it is so important that the league honors that. To all of our fans near and far, if you want to support the league, buy a ticket, come to a game, and fall in love with our dreams."