CWHL Announce Interim Commissioner, Head of Hockey Operations and Player Development


TORONTO (July 19, 2018) — The CWHL Board of Directors is pleased to announce that five-time Olympian and Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee Jayna Hefford is to be appointed as Interim Commissioner, Head of Hockey Operations and Player Development August 1st.  Starting today Jayna will be working with Brenda on a daily basis to transition into the role.  As Hefford begins preparations for the 2018 CWHL Draft, the search of a permanent League Commissioner is underway.

With a playing career spanning nearly two decades, Hefford holds the distinction of second most games played, goals, and points scored across five Olympic games and twelve world championships with Team Canada. Hefford has also made her mark on the CWHL, retiring from the Brampton Thunder in 2013 as the league’s then all-time top scorer. The Jayna Hefford Award is handed out annually to the CWHL’s most valuable player in the regular season as voted on by the players.

Hefford’s immediate duty will be to prepare for the 2018 CWHL Draft in August, and to ensure the effective forward motion of the League as it enters the 2018-2019 regular season. She will also continue to place priority on growing women’s hockey through our League that attracts the world’s best female hockey players, fans, sponsors, partners, donors and investors.

“The Board is fully supportive of Jayna Hefford in this leadership position and very excited for what she brings to the CWHL,” said Chairperson Laurel Walzak. “With her extensive experience at the top level of professional Women’s hockey, we have complete confidence in her ability to prepare the League and players for the upcoming season as our search for a new Commissioner begins.”

“I am honoured and excited to step into this role with the support and trust of the Board of Directors,” Jayna Hefford said. “I am fully committed and focused on setting our League and its players in a positive direction for the upcoming season. I look forward to engaging with the players, our key business partners, stakeholders and sponsors, our broadcaster and of course our fans, all whom have collectively brought the CWHL to the standard it enjoys today, and the upcoming draftees who will secure its future.”

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


[email protected]