The National Women’s Hockey League and back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins announced a deal to host a regular season game and hockey clinic at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on January 14, 2018.
NWHL Events will take part in the NHL Girls’ Youth Cup, a full-scale hockey clinic hosted by the Penguins at the team’s state of the art practice facility in the Pittsburgh suburb of Cranberry Township. The event will mark a return to the Pittsburgh area, following a successful All-Star Weekend this past season.
David Morehouse, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Penguins said, “After a terrific All-Star Weekend, we are excited to have the National Women’s Hockey League back to Pittsburgh next season.”
The league will provide more information regarding the event, regarding the two teams that will be facing off, after the release of the 2017-2018 NWHL season later this summer.
NWHL Deputy Commissioner, Hayley Moore said, “The Penguins are the champions of the NHL, and they continue to show that they are also dedicated champions of women’s hockey. All-Star Weekend in Pittsburgh significantly increased the footprint of the NWHL. We are delighted that the Penguins welcomed us back for more events, and are proud to be working with them again.”
The Pittsburgh game will be just one in a group of neutral site matchups on tap for the league’s third season. The NWHL will be have its All-Star Game, for a second straight year in a major market area outside of its “Founding Four” franchises.
Season three is scheduled to begin in October with its full slate of home games for each club. The New York Riveters, Boston Pride and Connecticut Whale will also host two games each against the Russia’s Women’s National Team, in the NWHL/Team Russia Summit Series.