The IX: Hockey Friday with Erica L. Ayala, October 30, 2020

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WoHo, I have questions

Last week I ran through some NWHL and PWHPA updates. This week, I’m offering you my biggest questions for each group. In the coming weeks here at The IX Hockey Friday, I aim to get answers to all of these questions.

Here is my WoHo, what? list.


  1. What will the 2021 season look like?

  2. What is the PWHPA COVID-19 protocol? Who is making those decisions?

  3. Did the PA host regional tryouts?

  4. Where will the 5 regional teams practice?

  5. What is the max each player can earn in the Secret Cup?

  6. What is the status of players not listed on the regional rosters?

  7. Will each regional hub have their own team colors/jersey design?


  1. Updates from COVID-19 committee?

  2. Players are being paid now, but what happens if the January start is delayed?

  3. Was there a scenario where Dani Rylan could have remained commissioner under the new governance model?

  4. Who are the six members of the Board of Governors?

  5. What is the status of finding another four owners?

I have posed some of these questions to each respective league. I will offer updates when I can!

In the meantime, what are your most pressing questions?

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But, I still have questions.

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