Angela James, the owner of the new Toronto Six and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has countered PWHPA for hampering women’s hockey development by refusing to join forces.
The comment was originally posted on Facebook, but was later shared on Twitter by six Toronto players, Saroya Tinker.
“I don’t have a political agenda here and I haven’t been in either league for the last decade,” James wrote. “I know I’m a coach in a professional professional hockey league. Now I’m very disappointed with PWHPA. Whose interests are you protecting? Without a league match? I’m not interested in non-national team players who have supported your association for three years. “
After emphasizing PHF Recent $ 25 million investment With an increase in league owners and salary caps, James called for PWHPA because of the seeming lack of plans.
“I haven’t seen the plan from PWHPA yet, otherwise I would have included it,” she continued. “Why can’t we resolve these differences instead of restraining and handcuffing elite athletes while an existing professional game is in progress?
“Women’s hockey is bigger than PHF and PWHPA, so we can make history together. The best female players in the game deserve to compete at the professional level in the ONE league.”
James, who continues to be the first black player to captain Canada’s National Women’s Team, is an assistant coach for Six during the current PHF season.
PHF and PWHPA have been in conflict since PWHPA was founded in May 2019. PWHPA members at the time did not like the management style of former commissioner and founder Dani Rylan Kearney. Concerned about the league’s financial shortages, the league cut player salaries by more than half in just one month of the second season.
In forming PWHPA, players wanted to create a more sustainable economic model that would retain the support of more players.
In the last two weeks, as the league has, its purpose has become a bigger focus. Negotiations are reportedly underway We will form a new league next year with the NHL team and major corporate sponsors.
Further questions were raised after Tyler Tumminia’s resignation as PHF’s support grew and he renewed himself. Quote personal reasons.. PHFPA also broke up with Executive Director Only 3 weeks later..
According to James, PHF meets all of PWHPA’s requirements to come together as a league.
“They already agree with all of PWHPA’s wishlists, as far as I know, but not enough,” James wrote. “Why don’t everyone put their ego aside, combining resources to make the game better?”
PWHPA adviser Liznox seems to have countered James’s comment On twitterWritten by: “This is exactly why PWHPA was formed by management, coaches, front offices, etc. who speak on behalf of the player’s experience, rather than supporting the player’s true voice.”
The comment came a few days before PHF officially announced the sale of Toronto Six to a new ownership group on Monday. James is part of a group led by retired NHL Forward Anthony Stewart. Bernice Carnegie and Ted Nolan are also members of the ownership group.
They are the first BIPOC and Canadian investors in the history of PHF. Nolan is a member of the Ojibwe tribe of First Nations, was NHL’s coach of the year in the late 90’s, and is chaired by Stewart, whose father is from Jamaica, for hockey equality.
“With my partner, we know how important expression is and how important role models are to young hockey players,” Stewart said. “It brings me great joy to be part of something special, to make the game better for the next generation, and to help strengthen the platform for growing the game in the community I love. We believe we are in a good position to be a leader in professional sports and look forward to continuing to grow Toronto Six to be a winner on and off the ice. “