NWHL Announces Plans to Expand into Canada

Women's hockey in Canada isn't going anywhere.

The National Women's Hockey League's (NWHL) board has approved an investment plan to expand into Toronto and Montreal next season.

League spokesman Chris Botta says the league has received a commitment from the NHL that will make it one of the NWHL's biggest financial sponsors.

Botta says the NWHL is moving quickly to establish teams in Canada's two largest cities and Toronto and Montreal would become the NWHL's first Canadian-based teams and expand the league's franchises to seven.

The CWHL announced Sunday it was shuttering due to financial issues. The CWHL was a six-team league that included teams in Toronto, Montreal, Boston and China.

— With files from The Canadian Press