The new Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL) has been officially unveiled, according to ESPN.
There will be six inaugural franchises and a 24-game regular season that begins in January.
The PWHL will feature three teams in the United States and three teams in Canada. The U.S. franchises are in Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul and the New York City area, while the Canadian teams will be in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.
The first season. Is expected to run from early January through late May or early June, and will include a break for the IIHF Women's World Championship in April. Subsequent seasons are expected to start in November and run through the following May.
Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Mark Walter and his wife, Kimbra, are fully funding the PWHL.
The league's official website is at www.thepwhl.com .