On the Line: Dani Rylan

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Dani Rylan started a hockey league. But not just any hockey league. A professional hockey league for women that pays its players a salary. The inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League is in full swing, and The Players’ Tribune caught up with Dani to see how things are going now that her hockey dream has become a reality.

Listen below as Dani discusses where the idea for the NWHL started, what it really takes to start a professional sports league and why there’s never been a better time for women’s sports in America.

The Players’ Tribune on Mad Dog Radio, hosted by Ben Lyons, airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EST on Sirius XM channel 82.

So We Started a Hockey League

Growing up in Tampa in the early 90s, my hero wasn’t Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux. It was Manon Rhéaume, the first and only woman to play an exhibition game in the NHL. I remember seeing her in net for the Lightning and thinking, Whoa. This is awesome. This is possible.

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