Most Helpful Girl
Women's hockey has been a thing ever since people started playing ice hockey back in 1875 (or 1885, can't remember exactly which year it was invented). The thing is that men's hockey leagues have always received more money, more publicity, and therefore have acquired more fans than women's leagues. There is no rule in the official NHL rule book stating that women are barred from playing on NHL teams. The gender disparity starts in the minor and amateur leagues, and it comes down to funding. Yes, I know about Manon Rh3
Boy's and men's hockey at all levels is more exciting overall because they allow full body checking (clean checks), and other more "exciting" things like that. People pay more attention to sports that have more body contact, so the leagues that permit it are promoted. They get more ice time, more advertising, more TV time on local channels (for major junior and minor leagues), etc. That turns into more $$$ for those leagues and the networks that promote them by broadcasting their games, from ticket sales to concessions (snacks and drinks), to advertising revenue on TV.
Women's leagues generally do not allow body checking. I believe that is actually a rule set by the IIHF, if I'm not mistaken. They're penalized with a 5 minute major or even a game misconduct. That's not exciting to people or corporations and networks looking to sponsor a sport. So there's not as much revenue coming in, and therfore not as much funding going into their training, acquiring ice time, expanding the league, etc. So in turn, it gets less popular. Catch-22.
I'm not an expert on this, but I like to think I know a little bit having played hockey since I was about 5 years old. I played on girl's teams until I was 14 or 15, when I tried out for the boy's team at school and one of the boy's leagues in my community. I was skilled enough to make both teams, and nobody gave a fuck that I had a vagina. I continued playing with men until I finished university. So I've seen both sides.
If you made it this far, cheers to you. Message me or comment if you'd like to know more. I'll do my best but I'm not an expert.
Most Helpful Guy
Yeah of course, Finland's third best at it 👍 👍