Top women’s professional hockey league in North America will award its Championship trophy on ESPN2
WHAT: The first two rounds of the Premier Hockey Federation’s 2022 Isobel Cup Playoffs will stream live on ESPN+, with the Championship Final on Monday, March 28 on ESPN2. The playoffs kick off at AdventHealth Center Ice near Tampa Bay on March 25 and consist of five games – two preliminary round matchups on Friday, March 25 and two semifinals on Sunday, March 27, followed by the championship on Monday.
Additionally, ESPN+ will stream a pre-game show from 8:30 to 9 p.m. leading into the Championship Final and offer post-game analysis following the game on ESPN2.
In October 2021 the PHF announced an agreement making ESPN+ its exclusive home in the United States for the entire 2021-22 season. The championship final on ESPN2 will be the network’s first linear broadcast of professional women’s hockey.
WHEN: Friday March 25 – Preliminary Round
4:00 p.m. ET – Buffalo Beauts vs Boston Pride (ESPN+)
7:30 p.m. ET – Minnesota Whitecaps vs Metropolitan Riveters (ESPN+)
Sunday March 27 - Semifinals
1:00 p.m. ET – Connecticut Whale vs Lowest Remaining Seed (ESPN+)
4:30 p.m. ET – Toronto Six vs Highest Remaining Seed (ESPN+)
Monday March 28 – Final
8:30 p.m. ET – Pregame Show (ESPN+)
9:00 p.m. ET – Winner of Semifinal 1 vs Winner of Semifinal 2, Postgame Show (ESPN2)
WHERE: The Preliminary & Semifinal rounds will stream live on ESPN+
The Championship Final will be telecast on ESPN2
About the Isobel Cup
The Isobel Cup is the championship trophy of the National Women’s Hockey League. It takes its name from Lord
Frederick Arthur Stanley’s daughter, Isobel, who shared his love of the game and is known to be one of the first female hockey players in Canada. Isobel, along with her brothers, encouraged her father to purchase a silver cup to award to the best amateur hockey team in Canada. The Stanley Cup, as it was later named, became the championship trophy of the National Hockey League.
The front of the Isobel Cup reads: "The Lady Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Cup 1875-1963. This Cup shall be awarded
annually to the greatest professional women's hockey team in North America. All who pursue this Cup, pursue a dream; a dream born with Isobel, that shall never die. EST. 2016.”
About the Premier Hockey Federation
The PHF is the home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and provide opportunities for elite athletes to earn a living playing the game they love while fueling the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup. For more information visit premierhockeyfederation.com.
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