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NWHL replacing commissioner, moving to individual ownership model: Sources

How the NWHL got here

Hailey Salvian, Senators beat writer: When Rylan Kearney founded the league five years ago, it became the first professional women’s league to be based in the United States. The league’s model has been a bone of contention for years. So far, the league has relied on the financing of private investors and league sponsors.

The goal from Year 1 was always to have private owners for all its franchises. Out of six teams, only two — Boston and Toronto — currently have private owners. The Toronto Six joined the league in the spring with an ownership group already in place.

What do the changes mean?

Salvian: Since founding the league, Rylan Kearney has been something of a controversial figure in the sport. Some of the top women’s hockey players have boycotted the NWHL and formed the PWHPA. The group says it does not

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Smith College receives $50M gift; largest individual donation in its history

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has received a $50 million endowment gift — the largest individual donation in the school’s 155-year history.

The college announced Tuesday that the gift — $40 million designated for student financial aid and $10 million to “re-envision” the school’s career development program — is from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous. It was made through a private foundation.

“I could not be more grateful for this alumna’s generosity, vision and belief in the power of a Smith education,” Kathleen McCartney, Smith College president, said in a statement.

“Her investment in the college will allow us to make a giant stride in equalizing the Smith experience for students from low- and middle-income backgrounds.”

The announcement included a statement from the donor saying, “Smith had a meaningful impact on my life, both personally and professionally, and I feel an obligation to pay it back.”

One of Smith

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