The league is embarking on it’s 11th season and with the addition of two expansion teams in China there has been an influx of revenue to the teams which will each have a $100,000 salary cap.

Salaries will range between $2,000 and $10,000 as the league takes a big step forward in its development.

Commissioner Brenda Andress said “It’s an exciting historic time” for the league and that they “have always maintained that our goal was to pay our players.”

While it has been long overdue, Andress took a patient approach in getting the league to this point, wanting to ensure that player salaries become a permanent fixture when they did enter the league.

The NWHL, a rival league to the CWHL, had to cut player salaries in half partway through last sason “in the interest of keeping the league financially viable.”