The National Women's Hockey League is adding an expansion team in Minnesota.

The NWHL acquired the Minnesota Whitecaps, a semi-pro team that has been around since 2004, and will start playing in the 2018-19 season against the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and the Metropolitan Riveters.

"We are ecstatic to welcome Minnesota to the NWHL,” said League Founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan. “Minnesota is an essential part of women’s hockey in North America. When you consider all of the talented players in this area and the passion this community has for the game, the Whitecaps are going to be incredible on and off the ice."

“I am thrilled to welcome the National Women’s Hockey League to the State of Hockey,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “I am very proud of our Minnesota Whitecaps and the exceptionally talented Minnesotans who play for them. I look forward to cheering, as they win the Isobel Cup next year! Let’s play hockey!"

The Minnesota Whitecaps will start with a talented lineup of women, 6 won medals at this year’s Olympics in PyeongChang. Mira Jalosuo won bronze with Finland and Kendall Coyne, Hannah Brandt, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Alex Rigby won gold with on Team USA!


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