CWHL Announce First Openly Transgender Athlete


TORONTO – The Canadian Women’s Hockey League provides support in announcing today, Thursday, January 11, 2018, the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the world’s premiere women’s hockey league, Jessica Platt of the Toronto Furies.

The CWHL was established with the goal of creating a home for female hockey players to compete at the highest level, while fostering the future of the sport. These goals are only achieved by harnessing the league’s greatest strengths of comradery and inclusivity.

“With the support of my family, friends, the CWHL, and the Toronto Furies I am able to live my dream while being true to myself,” stated Jessica. “I hope that others will be as fortunate as I am, now and in the future. I want people to know you don’t have to quit pursuing your dreams to be the person you were meant to be.”

With a strong partnership established with You Can Play, the CWHL continues to recognize that, within the CWHL family, there are individuals who identify as LGBTQ. Knowing this, the league pledges to stand behind every athlete, coach, administrator, volunteer and fan.

“Inclusivity has always been a major strength of our league and with today’s announcement that has only been reaffirmed,” said CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress. “We support all those involved with our league and that support is provided regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”

Jessica is in her first full season with the Furies following four games played in 2016-17 as an alternate. The Sarnia, Ont., native recorded her first career goal this season versus Montréal on Saturday, December 9. She was drafted in the 2016 CWHL draft.

Currently competing in its 11th season, the CWHL has undergone immense growth over the past year. This past offseason saw the league expand internationally with the introduction of China-based clubs, Kunlun Red Star and Vanke Rays. Partnership and sponsorship relationships continue to be fostered, with the additional benefit of the 2017-18 season being the first in league history where players receive compensation. And now, the CWHL takes a further step forward for inclusivity and diversity throughout sport.

All of us together, we are the game.

About the CWHL

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the most premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With seven 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


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