The PWHL's initial free-agency period opened on Sept. 1 and teams wasted no time signing their three core players to build the rest of their rosters around.
Each team was allowed to sign three players prior to Sept. 10. Current or graduating players from NCAA or U SPORTS programs were not eligible to be signed during this window.
The PWHL will then hold its 15-round draft on Sept. 18 in Toronto. The order for the first round of the draft was determined by a lottery, with subsequent rounds following a "snake" format. Undrafted players will be free to sign with any club.
The draft order is as follows: Minnesota, Toronto, Boston, New York, Ottawa, Montreal.
Players in the PWHL will be paid a minimum salary of $35,000, a figure that teams can sign a maximum of nine players to. Teams must sign a minimum of six players to contracts of at least $80,000 that will be guaranteed for three years. The league's CBA does not include a salary cap but it does outline that teams must adhere to a $55,000 average salary.
Here are the three players each team signed in the initial free-agent window:
Sarah Nurse, Forward
Renata Fast, Defense
Blayre Turnbull, Forward
— PWHL_Toronto (@PWHL_Toronto) September 6, 2023
Marie-Philip Poulin, Forward
Laura Stacey, Forward
Ann-Renée Desbiens, Goaltender
Notre période d’agence libre est terminée! / Our free agency is over!
Nous sommes heureux de vous présenter nos trois joueuses étoiles. / We are excited to present our three superstars.
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— PWHL Montréal (@PWHL_Montreal) September 7, 2023
Emily Clark, Forward
Brianne Jenner, Forward
Emerance Maschmeyer, Goaltender
— PWHL Ottawa (@PWHL_Ottawa) September 5, 2023
Abby Roque, Forward
Alex Carpenter, Forward
Micah Zandee-Hart, Defense
— PWHL New York (@PWHL_NewYork) September 8, 2023
Kendall Coyne Schofield, Forward
Kelly Pannek, Forward
Lee Stecklein, Defense
— PWHL Minnesota (@PWHL_Minnesota) September 6, 2023
Aerin Frankel, Goaltender
Megan Keller, Defense
Hilary Knight, Forward