A female Calgary hockey player — who asked for anonymity — has warned how her rec league’s new transgender policy discourages girls from the sport just as the PWHA (Professional Women’s Hockey League) “made a name for women’s hockey.”

Female players in North America finally got a professional league in the 2023/24 season after the collapse of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) in 2019. The PWHA became the first financially-stable, unified women’s league on the continent, elevating women’s hockey and offering the opportunity for female athletes to make a career of the sport.

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