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‘This is a great moment for women’s hockey.’ Daryl Watts becomes highest paid PHF player with $150,000 salary

Daryl Watts signed with the Toronto Six for a record $150,000 (U.S.) to play next season.Daryl Watts signed with the Toronto Six for a record $150,000 (U.S.) to play next season.

New Toronto Six ahead Daryl Watts wasn’t shy about revealing her wage Wednesday for subsequent season, double the earlier file for highest paid participant within the Premier Hockey Federation.

Her $150,000 (U.S.) wage for the 2023-24 season is probably the most for a participant in ladies’s skilled hockey.

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“I feel the principle cause why I’m releasing it’s as a result of ladies’s hockey has been struggling for therefore lengthy,” mentioned Watts, the 23-year-old Toronto native who’s a former U.S. faculty star with Boston Faculty and the Wisconsin Badgers.

“And now the PHF and its house owners have established a wage cap of $1.5 million (twice as a lot as this season’s cap) which is outstanding … so I’m releasing it as a result of this can be a nice second for girls’s hockey and likewise ladies’s sports activities. I wished to thank the house owners for offering a possibility for gamers like myself, to earn an excellent residing taking part in the game we love.”

Watts, who signed final week with the Six for the rest of this season, spent most of Wednesday conducting interviews with the media and explaining her willingness to debate her wage overtly.

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Watts’ wage for subsequent season — which works out to only over $200,000 Canadian — would double final winter’s record-setting $80,000 (U.S) wage for Mikyla Grant-Mentis of the Buffalo Beauts.

The brand new wage cap, introduced in December, meant the potential for a residing wage for gamers, lots of whom work day jobs. Their groups schedule practices, both early within the morning or within the evenings, to accommodate work and commute schedules.

Watts was considering a profession in industrial actual property after shifting on from U.S. faculty hockey in 2021. She received the 2018 Patty Kazmaier Award as the highest participant within the nation, and completed with the second-most profession factors in ladies’s faculty hockey.

Whereas working with a non-public fairness industrial actual property agency this summer season, Watts was all however able to return to Wisconsin in September, the place she had been accepted to the Madison Industrial Actual Property Masters program.

“It was seven days earlier than courses began for the Masters program,” Watts mentioned. “I informed my dad and mom that industrial actual property wasn’t a path I wished to decide to at this second. I began pursuing different choices, and as soon as I came upon the wage cap within the PHF doubled to $1.5 million the dialog with my household was taking part in ladies’s hockey is now a viable monetary resolution. At 23, the cash that I could make solely taking part in hockey will help an incredible life-style.

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“Hockey is my past love. I’ve liked it from the time I used to be three years previous, and I need to pursue hockey not solely as a result of it’s my love, however as a result of it is sensible financially.”

Watts — like Grant-Mentis — hopes her wage opens doorways for future gamers, and for elite gamers around the globe to affix the PHF. Three of the final 5 Kazmaier winners — Watts, Loren Gabel and Élizabeth Giguère of the Boston Satisfaction — now play within the PHF.

The league’s all-star sport makes its first ever cease in Toronto this weekend on the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

The league introduced its all-star captains Wednesday: Madison Packer (Metropolitan Riveters) for Staff USA, Kaleigh Fratkin (Boston Satisfaction) for Staff Canada, and Kateřina Mrázová (Connecticut Whale) for Staff World.

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