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NWHL Increases Roster Size

By Staff, 07/18/17, 11:00AM EDT


As a result of new guidelines, roster spots are available in the U.S. professional women’s league for up to 100 players

BROOKLYN, NY – The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) today announced new guidelines regarding roster composition for the upcoming season.

  • All NWHL teams may now consist of up to 25 players. As in the past, 17 players will dress for games for each team.
  • The option to flex to up to 25 roster spots is available until the last week of the regular season.
  • There are no longer “practice players,” as there were in the first two years of the league.
  • Every player that signs a contract in the NWHL will be considered a regular team member of that franchise.

The decision to increase roster sizes was agreed on unanimously by all team front office personnel, NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan, Deputy Commissioner Hayley Moore and the NWHL Players’ Association, led by director Anya Battaglino.

"As we enter our third season, and as the depth of talent in women’s hockey continues to grow, we are excited to provide opportunities to more players,” said Moore. “The increased roster limits also give the management and coaches of each team more flexibility if they want to add players to their roster down the stretch of the season.”