The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) announced that it will be increasing the roster sizes for each team for the 2017-18 season.
According to the guidelines, the roster max will move from 17 to 25 total players, and the ability for general managers to add more athletes will end the last week of the regular season. Practice players will no longer exist. Each player that signs on to a franchise will be considered a regular team member.
“As we enter our third season, and as the depth of talent in women’s hockey continues to grow, we are excited to provide opportunities to more players,” Deputy Commissioner Hayley Moore said in the press release. “The increased roster limits also give the management and coaches of each team more flexibility if they want to add players to their roster down the stretch of the season.”