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PHF to Introduce Roster Expansion, Salary Cap Increase

The PHF announced on Wednesday it would allow clubs to sign two players away from “other professional leagues” and spend an extra $10,000 more than its $300,000 salary cap ahead of the Isobel Cup playoffs.
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Another day, another change in the Premier Hockey Federation.

The league announced on Wednesday it would allow clubs to sign two players away from “other professional leagues” and spend an extra $10,000 more than its $300,000 salary cap heading into the post-season. The Isobel Cup playoffs are scheduled for March 25-28 in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Teams will be permitted to roster 26 players instead of the standard 25, and increased their 17 skaters dressed per game to 18, plus two goalies.

“These changes reflect the PHF’s long-standing commitment to providing opportunities for professional athletes and our goal of attracting world class talent to our teams,” said PHF commissioner Tyler Tumminia, who announced earlier this week she would be leaving the PHF after the post-season. “This is another positive step forward as we approach the peak of this historic season and look towards future growth of the PHF and professional women’s hockey across North America with dedicated resources like never before.”

The league will freeze rosters on March 14 with no professional tryout agreements beyond that date. It is possible some past PHF players, such as forward Tereza Vanišová and defender Sammy Kolowrat, could return to the league after signing overseas to prepare for playing for Czechia in the Olympics.

Tumminia, along with deputy commissioner Lisa Haley and other members of the league front office, will depart the league after the season, when the PHF will raise the salary cap 150 percent to $750,000, and add two additional expansion clubs.

On Tuesday, Patrick Borzi of the Minnesota Post reported the Minnesota Whitecaps, the first-ever then-NWHL expansion club, was for sale, according to founder and head coach Jack Brodt. The Whitecaps are currently owned by NLTT Ventures LLC, which also owns the Buffalo Beauts.

The PHF has stated its intentions to sell all its clubs to independent owners. Members of the same ownership group all have a stake in the Boston Pride, Toronto Six, and upcoming Montreal expansion club between John and Johanna Boynton and Miles Arnone.

The Whitecaps have existed since 2004, before the NWHL or PWHPA were founded. They joined the NWHL in 2018 and won the Isobel Cup, and appeared in the next two.



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