The golden age of professional women’s hockey
Boston Magazine - 08/11/2015
Frank Calder, the NHL’s first president and namesake of its Calder Trophy and the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup, was 40 when the league’s four teams first took the ice in 1917. Northeastern University alum Dani Rylan, commissioner of the NWHL, will be 28 when her four teams debut just shy of a century later.
“In all honesty, I probably wouldn’t be good enough to play in this league,” she said in a phone interview in April.
Rylan, a Florida native whose father worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning, began skating when she was five, the same year goaltender Manon Rheaume became the first and only woman to play in an NHL exhibition game, dressing for the Bolts.