On Sportsnet’s telecast on Friday of NHL All-Star Weekend, analyst Cassie Campbell-Pascall said the following:
“Well, I’ve heard different things and I’ve been kind of doing my research, and I’m no lawyer by any means, but I think what a lot of lawyers and agents are saying to these players – that they cannot now sign with the NWHL. And the reason being is that they can potentially be liable to the investors. They don’t know what kind of contracts she has signed with those investors. They don’t know if they would be liable to potentially pay those businesspeople back…I mean, they are investors – they want money back.”
The NWHL usually does not respond to untruths and damaging comments, but we feel this one should be addressed. Campbell-Pascall and Sportsnet used the occasion of a great moment for women’s hockey to float absurd lies about our league, which works every day to build a business and illustrate the value of women’s professional hockey.
So that there is no misunderstanding, the report by Sportsnet is illogical. The statement that players may be personally liable to investors in our league is inaccurate and not in line with laws in either the United States or Canada. So let us be clear: under no circumstances are NWHL players liable to NWHL investors.
We believe Ms. Campbell's rhetoric is intended to scare our current players, along with the many players considering joining or re-joining our league in the seasons to come.
As we prepare for NWHL All-Star in two weeks, the Isobel Cup Playoffs in March, and upcoming announcements of exciting plans, more player signings and the schedule for our sixth season in 2020-21, we ask again for everyone building the game to consider courtesy over destructive discourse.
Although Campbell-Pascall may serve as an analyst, she is also a former longtime board member of the CWHL, one of the greatest players in hockey history, and undoubtedly for the game. When we try to tear each other down with reckless reporting or malicious comments, women’s hockey does not move forward.
The National Women’s Hockey League
January 27, 2020