U.S. women deserve a pro hockey team
New York Magazine - 08/11/2015
At 1:30 p.m. on October 11, the puck will drop in the opening game of the National Women’s Hockey League, the first paid women’s league in North America. Founded by former Northeastern University hockey player Dani Rylan, the league aims to help talented female players get recognized — and compensated — for their skills long after college.
Rylan started playing hockey at age 5 and played on the men’s team at Metropolitan State University in Denver. At Northeastern, where she earned a masters in sports leadership, she was co-captain of the women’s team. As a child, she fantasized about going pro, and she wants to enable other women to make that a reality. “Even though my playing career peaked in college, this wasn’t about me at all. It was about giving the best players in the world the ability to dream as big as the boys do,” she sa