Canadian Women's Hockey: Playing for Love of the Game

Mike Burse@Burse21Correspondent IJune 17, 2009

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20:  (L-R) Kim St-Pierre #33, Caroline Ouellette #13, Charline Labonte #32 and Sarah Vaillancourt #26 of Canada pose for photos after their 4-1 victory over Sweden during the final of the women's ice hockey on Day 10 of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 20, 2006 at the Palasport Olimpico in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Canadian Women's Hockey League is looking to raise $1 million in order to run their league. This would allow the players to play in the league without paying, and in turn would allow the best players to continue to develop.

Compared to the dollar amounts in the National Hockey League this is a very insignificant amount.

Nancy Drolet went to the Olympics for Canada in 1998 and is now Chairman of the Board, in charge of raising this $1 million. In a league where the players have full-time jobs and the hockey is part time, this is an essential fundraising project. Not many of these players are lucky enough to make more than the average family in Canada does.

Cassie Campbell, current Hockey Night In Canada correspondent, is one of the highest-profile former Canadian women's hockey players. Also, Haley Wickenheiser is well known for playing with men in Finland. For many other women's hockey players, these are dreams that will never be achieved.

The Canadian Women's Hockey League helps Canada to develop some of the best hockey Olympians in the world. This league is essential to the development of women's hockey as a whole. I hope that you will take an interest in these players who play for the love of the game.

I, for one, would like to see many more seasons of operation of the Canadian Women's Hockey League. Perhaps the National Hockey League should stand up and create a partnership with the women's game and not be ignorant of it.

For more explanation of the CWHL go here: