Andress to leave CWHL post July 31
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League is looking for a new commissioner. The six-team CWHL has announced that inaugural commissioner Brenda Andress will leave the organization on July 31. Andress has been with the league since it started play in 2007. Under Andress’ watch, the league formed four club-to-club partnerships with NHL teams, secured a Canadian broadcast deal with Rogers Sportsnet and expanded to Boston and China. Women’s hockey continues to have two competing leagues in North America — the National Women’s Hockey League features five teams in the United States — and some have argued that a partnership would be best for the sport. For at least the next year, that seems unlikely. In its release announcing the departure of Andress, the CWHL said its 12th season will begin in October.