The vibes of the PWHL draft were immaculate
As girls in sport, we are often told that sports is not about the score. We are told it is about the fun and the experience — and to be grateful for the opportunity.
Sometimes it's OK to be boastful. Monday was one of those days. The first PWHL draft was executed at the Barabara Frum atrium of the CBC Broadcast Centre in downtown Toronto. I arrived early to an absolutely beautiful set up of white, purple and blue (periwinkle is the official colour of the league).
There was a purple carpet with red velvet rope and space for fans. There were volunteers and staff in purple clothing with PWHL on the chest. There was ample space for media and different rooms, with access to strong WiFi and electric outlets. There was live streaming on CBC Gem, TikTok live and many others. There was a massive digital and social media presence. There was catering and Tim Horton's coffee. There were rooms for family and spaces. There were babies, parents and family there supporting the players and the teams. And there were the young fans lined up alongside the purple carpet.
And then there was Billie Jean King, whom I like to think of as "the Godmother of Sports." The league has a CBA, with salaries, and parental benefits and opportunities that women never had before. They no longer have to change in a janitor's closet or lug their equipment around everywhere. This is all the new and young professional players will know. I've watched many things in the women's hockey ecosystem and covered many stories as well.
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I was feeling a very intense excitement and preparing for a long day. The staff at CBC Sports had been working tirelessly with the major partners for the last