TORONTO (July 18, 2018) — The CWHL Board of Directors today announced that Brenda Andress, the first commissioner and builder of the league, will leave the organization on July 31, 2018. A dedicated and passionate advocate for growing women’s hockey both domestically and internationally, Andress has spent the last 12 years developing and leading the longest-running professional women’s hockey league in the world.
A new commissioner will be introduced shortly, and it will be business as usual for the league, which is set to launch its 12th season this October.
“Brenda and the Board share a profound love and respect for the game of hockey. We are grateful for Brenda’s many contributions and accomplishments as the CWHL’s founding commissioner,” said Chairperson Laurel Walzak. “Thanks to her leadership, determination and dedication to hockey and its female leaders, Brenda has played a crucial role in the ongoing development and growth of the league. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank her for her work over many years and wish her every success in the future.”
During Commissioner Andress’ tenure, the CWHL formed club-to-club partnerships with four NHL teams, secured a Canadian broadcast deal, inaugurated marquee events like the CWHL Draft, All-Star Game and Awards Show, and expanded its footprint to Calgary, Boston and most recently, China. The league also achieved its long-standing goal to pay players last season. The CWHL continues to connect with communities and grassroots organizations and bolster the whole ecosystem of girl’s and women’s hockey.
“It has been an incredible honor and privilege to lead this league,” said Andress. “I am proud to have had the opportunity to build the organization into what it is today. While it’s time for me to move to the next stage of my career—I leave the league both viable and operationally strong, and at an extremely exciting time in its development. I have every confidence that the CWHL will continue to attract the world’s best players and deliver an exceptional and competitive hockey experience to fans on and off the ice.”
About the CWHL
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more, visit thecwhl.com.