Introducing Team Sonnet of the PWHPA

Photo credit: Lori Bolliger

UPDATE: The Canadian leg of the Secret® Dream Gap Tour is officially set to take place in Calgary, AB from May 24-30! Cheer on Team Sonnet as they compete in round-robin action against Team Scotiabank and Team Bauer, with the winner becoming the first-ever Canadian Secret® Cup champion. Exclusive televised coverage of the showcase will air on Sportsnet NOW May 24-27 and on Sportsnet May 28-30 - be sure to tune in! https://pwhpa.com/


Women’s hockey is back, and Sonnet is proud to be a part of it! The launch of the Toronto team sponsorship is a new partnership between Sonnet and the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA). United in their love of the game, innovative spirit and commitment to advancing women’s professional sports, this partnership signifies a milestone in the ongoing journey to gender equality for women’s pro hockey in North America.

Meet the team and see them in action:

 

 

Team Sonnet’s impressive roster includes 6 Olympians and 13 members of Canada's National Women's Hockey Program, including Sarah Nurse, Natalie Spooner and Renata Fast. The team’s full player roster is now available. Players will sport Team Sonnet jerseys and socks with Sonnet’s signature teal hue. And as a member of the Team Sonnet roster, we’ve got Sarah Nurse – women’s hockey all-star and Olympian – here to answer a few questions for us about her career and the launch of the PWHPA’s Secret® Dream Gap Tour in 2021. Get to know Sarah a little better, and get ready to cheer on Team Sonnet!

Why did you feel it was so important to get the PWHPA off the ground?

It’s so important because the future of our sport depends on it. Little girls are inspired to play basketball now – not because their older brothers play or because they watch the Raptors, but because they look up the women in the WNBA. They see how they’re treated (as professionals) - they’re on TV, they make real money, it is their career. We want little hockey-playing girls to have a goal and to aspire to play professionally, like a little boy can.

What does the PWHPA bring to the world of professional sports?

We are really the only professional sports organization that has come together collectively as players from around the world and gotten a professional organization up and running. We have been able to build from player connections and incredible advisors, with the players’ best interests in mind.

What sets the PWHPA apart?

The PWHPA has the best women’s hockey players in the world - Olympians, world champions and national champions. You find this level of talent on the ice. We are incredible ambassadors for our sport off the ice as well, giving back in ways like instructing, coaching, and mentoring.

With family members playing in the WNBA and the NHL, did you grow up wanting to be a professional athlete as well?

I didn’t grow up aspiring to necessarily be a professional athlete, because I had never seen a women’s professional hockey league. I grew up aspiring to be an Olympian for Team Canada because that’s the only visibility I saw.

What was the toughest challenge you had to overcome as an athlete?

The uncertainty surrounding our future in our sport. Having to go through a league folding, being left with nothing and starting up a new player-driven organization from ground zero. Going to practices and training sessions not knowing when your next game will be and knowing that because we don’t have a professional league, we won’t be competing for a trophy at the end of the season. Staying disciplined, motivated and competitive despite all of this.

Why did you feel it was so important to get the PWHPA off the ground?

It’s so important because the future of our sport depends on it. Little girls are inspired to play basketball now – not because their older brothers play or because they watch the Raptors, but because they look up the women in the WNBA. They see how they’re treated (as professionals) - they’re on TV, they make real money, it is their career. We want little hockey-playing girls to have a goal and to aspire to play professionally, like a little boy can.

What’s been a career highlight for you so far?

Playing at the Olympics in 2018 was a dream come true. For women, representing your country at the Olympics is the highest honour and as big as we can get. Playing in the NHL All-Star game this year was also a huge highlight.

How can we encourage more girls to get into playing hockey?

Believe in them. I’ve been told all of my life that I could never be a professional hockey player. With a true professional league, no one will ever again be able to tell a little girl that she can’t be a professional hockey player.

What advice would you give to girls who want to get into hockey?

Don’t be afraid - just pick up a stick and try. It’s so beneficial to try as many things as possible to find your passions. Hockey is such an amazing game that teaches leadership, discipline, teamwork and so much more.

What can the hockey world do to support more diversity?

Embrace diversity. We need diverse groups everywhere, from players to coaches to the broadcast booth to the C Suite. Diversity fosters growth. Support Black History Month, International Women’s Day and Pride Month - amplify these voices. We need to change the face of the game.


Sonnet is an official partner of the PWHPA. Copyright® 2020 Professional Women’s Hockey Player Association. All rights reserved. Sonnet Insurance is a registered trademark. Sonnet Insurance is a federally regulated insurance company.

Sarah Nurse is a paid Sonnet spokesperson.

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