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2018–19 NWHL season
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The 2019–20 NWHL season is scheduled to be the fifth season of the National Women's Hockey League.

Playoffs Suspended

The league announced on March 12, 2020 that the league was postponing the championship game which was scheduled for March 13th at a time to be decided when the condition area appropriate.[1]

On May 15, 2020 the league would announce that the championship game was cancelled.[2]

League news and notes

2019 Offseason

On March 31, 2019, it was announced that the Canadian Women's Hockey League board of directors had decided that league would discontinue operations effective May 1, 2019. The Toronto Furies and Les Canadiennes de Montreal announced that their teams would continue while the Calgary Inferno announced an intention to do everything in it's power to continue women's hockey in Alberta.[3][4][5] During the season, NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan had been in talks with the CWHL about the possibility of a single league.[6] In response to the abrupt folding of the CWHL, The Athletic reported that the NWHL was exploring adding teams in Canada to fill the markets left by the CWHL, likely adding the former Toronto and Montreal CWHL teams with the possibility of adding Calgary if a major donor could help with the costs. NWHL commissioner Rylan stated that the league would continue to pursue all opportunities to ensure the best players in Canada have a place to play.[7]

On April 2, 2019, the NWHL announced two expansion franchises in Montreal and Toronto and support from the National Hockey League that makes it one of the NWHL's biggest financial sponsors. Is is unknown if the NWHL will assume control of the Les Canadiennes and Furies teams or if the league will start new teams in Montreal and Toronto.[8] The league is in conversations with all of the current stakeholders and partners within Toronto and Montreal including the Montreal Les Canadiennes and the Toronto Furies.[9]

In early May, approximately 200 players announced they would boycott "women's professional hockey in North America" for the 2019-20 season, and formed a players union in the hopes of creating a sustainable league where players could earn a living wage under a league model that would work for both owners and players. The NWHL has a salary cap of $100,000 per team (with some players earning as little as $2,000 for the season) and there is no health insurance. The boycott is no specifically aimed at the NWHL but since it is the only professional women's hockey league in North America it is just a matter of semantics.[10][11]

During May of 2019 the Buffalo Sabres (May 8)[12] and New Jersey Devils (May 17)[13] both announced they would not be continuing with its partnership with the Buffalo Beauts and Metropolitan Riveters respectively. While the league is taking over the Buffalo team, and intending to keep the team in Buffalo, no indication was made as to where they will play for 2019-20. The Riveters are searching for a new home as the Devils practice facility was their home arena.

In addition to these teams previously using NHL team practice rinks, Boston and Minnesota play at NHL team practice rinks as well. When the Montreal and Toronto teams were in the CWHL they also played in NHL team practice rinks.

The league announced on May 30, 2019 that due to no additional investors, the league would not be able to increase to full-time salaries or provide players with health insurance outside of the typical worker's compensation for injuries, but had come to an agreement to a 50 percent revenue split on all league-wide sponsorship and media deals. In addition, the league also stated they would not be able to add Montreal and Toronto for the 2019–20 season.[14]

On April 22, 2020 the league would issue a release stating that a franchise was awared to be based out of Toronto.[15]


Due to labor issues and NHL team separating themselves from several teams a few teams had to relocate to new arenas for 2019-20.  The Buffalo Beauts and Metropolitan Riveters relocated to new venues from NHL team practice facilities. The Connecticut Whale (NWHL) relocated about 30 miles (50 km) to Danbury from Stamford.

Team City Primary Arena
Boston Pride Boston, Massachusetts Warrior Ice Arena
Buffalo Beauts Amherst, New York Northtown Center
Connecticut Whale Danbury, Connecticut Danbury Ice Arena
Metropolitan Riveters Monmoth Junction, New Jersey Pro Skate
Minnesota Whitecaps Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center

Teams added for 2019-20 but later dropped

Team City Primary Arena
Canadiennes de Montreal Montreal, Quebec Arena Michel-Normandin
Toronto Furies Toronto, Ontario Ford Performance Centre

Regular season


Pos. Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
1 Boston Pride 24 23 1 0 120 43 46
2 Minnesota Whitecaps 24 17 5 2 106 52 36
3 Metropolitan Riveters 24 10 11 3 70 91 23
4 Buffalo Beauts 24 8 15 1 71 116 17
5 Connecticut Whale 24 2 20 2 39 100 6

2020 Isobel Cup Playoffs


All teams qualify for the single elimination playoffs. The 4th and 5th place teams meet in the first round. The winner of that game plays the first place team and the 2nd and 3rd place teams play each other in the semifinals. The semifinal winners meet for the league championship.

  Preliminary Round     Semifinals     Finals
        1 Boston Pride 5  
  4 Buffalo Beauts 3     5 Connecticut Whale 1    
  5  Connecticut Whale 5         1 Boston Pride
      2 Minnesota Whitecaps
      2 Minnesota Whitecaps 1*    
       3 Metropolitan Riveters 0


  3. @TorontoCWHL (March 31, 2019). The Toronto Furies are proud of our ongoing contributions to advancing women's hockey on every level here in Toronto. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our successes and the growth we experienced over the years. Let's all #StickTogether as we look to move forward together.
  4. @LesCanadiennes (March 31, 2019). #FabsForever #OurCityOurClub #TheWomensMovementNeverStops.
  5. SN Q&A: Inferno GM Kristen Hagg on CWHL ceasing operations, 'I'm not just folding up my chair and packing it in'.
  6. @NWHL (March 31, 2019). A statement from NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan:.
  7. Salvian, Hailey (March 31, 2019). NWHL to investigate adding Canadian teams after CWHL abruptly folds.
  8. U.S.-based women's hockey league OKs plan to expand to Canada after CWHL folds | The Star (en).
  9. Murphy, Mike (April 2, 2019). NWHL to add two Canadian teams, receives significant investment from NHL.
  14. "We'll Always Do What's Best for the Game" - A Message from the NWHL (May 30, 2019).

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