2017/2018 Teams: The CWHL will include 6 teams for the 2017/2018 season. Two teams will be located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Markham and Toronto, and one team will be located in each of Boston, Calgary, China, and Montréal.
Entry Draft Date: The Entry Draft for all teams for all new players will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017.
Entry Draft Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the CWHL Entry Draft, players must meet the following criteria:
- All players shall be at least the age of 20 in order to be eligible to be selected in the Entry Draft. “Age of 20” is defined as a player reaching her twentieth birthday between January 1 in the calendar year of the Entry Draft and no later than September 15 in the calendar year of the Entry Draft.
- The player has not previously signed a standard player contract with a CWHL Club.
- The player is not currently on the Reserve List of any Club.
- The player is not committed to an NCAA or U SPORTS program.
- The player has not been claimed in a previous CWHL Entry Draft.
Entry Draft Registration Fee: There is a non-refundable fee of $150 CDN, payable at the time of registration, in order to be included in the CWHL Entry Draft. Registrations will only be considered complete upon receipt of the Entry Draft Registration Fee.
Registration fees include a guaranteed draft position and covers training camp costs including ice. Those ranked in the Top 10 for the Draft will also be invited by the league to attend the CWHL Draft on Sunday August 20th.
Player registration for 2017 Entry Draft: Players who meet the criteria defined above are eligible to register for the 2017 CWHL Entry Draft prior to midnight on August 1, 2017.
Only players who have completed their registration and submitted their payment prior to midnight (ET) on August 1, 2017 will be eligible for the 2017 Entry Draft.
Acceptable Locations: As part of the registration process, each prospective player must indicate the CWHL city or cities in which they are willing to play (“Acceptable Locations”), selecting a minimum of one (1), up to a maximum of three (3). Given that the GTA has 2 teams, a selection of the GTA counts as 2 selections. Players selecting GTA may select only one other team. Players are not permitted to designate a specific team within the GTA.
Selections of Acceptable Locations are not ranked in order of preference. In choosing an Acceptable Location, the player is indicating to the league that she is prepared to play in any of her selected Acceptable Locations. Acceptable locations will be listed and presented in alphabetical order as follows:
- GTA (2)
Change of “Acceptable Locations”: A player is permitted to change the designation of her “Acceptable Locations” until midnight (EST) on August 1, 2017. The Manager of Operations will inform all CWHL General Managers within 24 hours of receipt of a player’s change of Acceptable Locations.
Announcement of Entering Elite Players: The CWHL will announce by August 15, 2017, the top ranked players who have registered for the 2017 Entry Draft. The top 3-5 players at each position (forward, defense, and goalie) will be announced by the CWHL regardless of their designated Acceptable Locations.
Team Tryouts: Upon being drafted to a CWHL team, players will be invited to tryouts. Dates and times for tryouts will be set by the teams’ General Managers. Tryouts are held in September.
Rosters: Teams will roster 25 players to their active roster.
International Players: The CWHL welcomes players from around the world. International players require additional paperwork, for which the league will aid.
Relocation and Employment: Housing, moving expenses, and employment are the responsibility of the Player. The league will provide as much assistance as possible.
Further information: Any further questions can be directed to [email protected].