On September 1, the CWHL announced it would be paying it’s players for the first time in the 2017-18 season. This past Thursday night, Blades players each received their first paychecks for playing the sport they love.
“It’s an exciting and historic time for us. We have always maintained that our goal was to pay our players and we had a strategic plan in place that would allow us to do so beginning this season. The continued success of our teams, players, and league have been key in getting us to where we are,” Commissioner Brenda Andress stated in the original CWHL release.
Goaltender Lauren Dahm spoke of what this first paycheck means to her.
Here's what goalie @dahmer35 had to say about her first check: For me it’s a big deal. I’m probably going to frame this check..I think this will be a moment people look back on in the future and it’s going to be a major moment for women’s sports Super exciting to be a part of it pic.twitter.com/iOU33RJBcb
— Boston Blades (@BostonCWHL) December 8, 2017
“It’s sort of validation for all of the hard work we’ve put in up to this point. Obviously we do this because we love it, but getting that actual paper check is just validation,” she stated.
Team captains Kristina Brown and Megan Myers also spoke of what these paychecks mean for women’s hockey overall.
“It’s a huge milestone…Growing up, you didn’t realize it would be a real thing for you. Playing boys, they have the NHL to look forward to. Now we’re kind of creating something for little girls to look forward to. They can grow up and say they want to be a hockey player and they can really be a hockey player and not have to worry about anything else,” Brown said.
— Chelsey Goldberg (@chelly_bean24) December 8, 2017
“I think it’s a really awesome experience to be one of the first in our league to get paid this year,” Myers stated. “I can’t imagine what it’s going to look like in 5, 10, 20 and 50 years down the line where women can be playing hockey and that’s all they have to do instead of working full-time jobs and coming to play hockey. It’s going up and up and that’s something we look forward to.”
The Blades are now looking forward to playing Markham this weekend at the Thornhill Community Centre and then heading to China to face Kunlun and Vanke the following week. Fans can keep up with their away games by following @BostonCWHL on Twitter.
Written by Merisa Boyd.