A new era in women’s hockey
Yahoo! - 10/09/2015
After graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn., in 2010, Dani Rylan began studying for a master’s in sports leadership at Northeastern University. While there, she skated on the Huskies hockey team that won the 2012 Beanpot Tournament. Rylan, whose father worked in marketing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, had work lined up at the NHL Network in the summer of 2012, but the coming NHL lockout delayed the job. Instead, that fall she found herself running her own coffee shop in New York’s East Harlem neighborhood.
Rylan had also once explored bringing a CWHL team to New York. It didn’t pan out, but on the advice of Hockey Hall of Famer Angela Ruggiero, she started researching what it would take to go even bigger and start an entirely new league. “It started out as an idea,” she says, “and I vetted it around the hockey community and my hockey network, and everyone thought it was a no-brainer.”