Hockey Canada has come to an agreement with its National Women’s Team on a one-year athlete agreement deal to support 28 female hockey players from October 1, 2022 through October 1, 2023.
Leading the negotiation for the Canadian women was the Women’s High Performance Advisory Committee (WHPAC), made up of chair Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont./PWHPA), Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./PWHPA), Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./PWHPA) and Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S./PWHPA).
WHPAC has been the voice for women’s athletes since it was first introduced shortly after the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. Its goal is to ensure members of Canada’s National Women’s Team have a voice and their needs are being met on issues ranging from athlete support and event scheduling to working together on growing the women’s game at all levels.
“On behalf of WHPAC, we are happy to reach an agreement for the upcoming season,” Renata Fast said. “The increased support and resources for players and their families are essential in creating a high-performance daily training environment which allows players to focus on reaching their goals as athletes. We are an accomplished group of women, coming off a very successful 2021-22 season – we are determined to continue to represent our country with pride on the world stage, unite Canadians and leave a positive mark on the game of hockey by valuing and embodying the principles of sport.”
This athlete agreement will include training support, both for on and off-ice activities, childcare assistance, performance bonuses as well as a healthcare spending account for each of the 28 players. The athletes will now benefit from revenue generated through its ‘Name, Image & Likeness’ agreement to which the usage of those items during the Rivalry Series will be monetized and provided to the players themselves.
“It is crucial our athletes have all the tools at their disposal so they can compete at the highest level, continue to be role models and grow the game for the next generation,” said Hockey Canada director of operations Gina Kingsbury. “The support from Hockey Canada is another indication of the value we place on our athletes and the impact they continue to have on and off the ice.”
Over the past four years, Team Canada has taken home an Olympic gold medal as well as two Women’s World Championship golds. The support provided to the team is not solely derived from its on-ice success, however, Hockey Canada is rewarding its players for the “commitment athletes have to the game each year, as well as their commitment to growing the game from the grassroots level, making support for the program essential.”