BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Professional girls’s hockey has its first $80,000 participant following the deal Mikyla Grant-Mentis reached with the Premier Hockey Federation’s Buffalo Beauts.
Two folks with direct data of the settlement confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Sunday, with one particular person revealing the contract’s worth. The two folks spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of the contract signing has not been introduced. Canada’s TSN first reported the deal on Friday.
Grant-Mentis’ contract features a PHF-maximum 10% bonus, one of many folks stated.
The settlement comes slightly over every week into free company with Grant-Mentis turning into the primary to money in on the PHF’s transfer to greater than double its wage cap to $750,000 per staff. The cap jumped from $300,000 final 12 months.
The PHF, rebranded from the National Women’s Hockey League final summer time, hasn’t disclosed wage figures over the earlier three seasons, making it tough to find out which participant beforehand had the very best wage in a league established in 2015-16. The top-paid gamers in 2016-17 made about $26,000.
The 23-year-old Grant-Mentis has the manufacturing to advantage the contract after finishing her second full season with the Toronto Six.
She completed second within the PHF with 30 factors and 17 assists, and tied for second with 13 targets, together with a league-leading six game-winners final season. Two years in the past, she earned each MVP and Newcomer of the Year honors in the course of the league’s COVID-19-shortened season.
From Brampton, Ontario, Grant-Mentis returns to Buffalo the place she broke in as an expert. She performed two video games for the Beauts to shut of the 2019-20 season following her four-year faculty profession at Merrimack, the place she set this system report for many profession factors, 117, in 137 video games.
Aside from rising its wage cap, the PHF can be set to increase from six to eight groups, with a franchise to be primarily based on Montreal and a second in a yet-to-be-disclosed U.S. location.
The developments come at a time the PHF is making ready to face competitors for expertise with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association closing in on launching its personal league inside the subsequent 12 months. The PWHPA’s membership consists of American and Canadian nationwide staff gamers.
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