Kaleigh Fratkin could have joined in on the #ForTheGame movement. She could have banded together with the 200-plus players who have joined the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association, which formed in the wake of the CWHL’s abrupt and unforeseen closure, and opted out of the coming campaign.
But in late May, with the NWHL’s signing season officially open and the opportunity for the four-year league veteran to return to the circuit, Fratkin became the first in the new landscape of women’s professional hockey to put pen to paper for the 2019-20 season. “For someone like myself, going into Year 5, I was like, ‘Why not have the chance to play hockey, grow the game and make some money while doing it?’ ” Fratkin said. “That’s the reason I came back to play.”
Despite early concerns that ...
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Jared Clinton is a writer and web editor with The Hockey News. He's been with the team since 2014. He was born, raised and resides in Winnipeg, where he can be found missing the net on outdoor rinks all over town.