Good morning!

Yesterday, the PWHL had a press conference in which they announced the details of their inaugural season, with a draft to be held September 18th and games starting in January — and that means more Toronto hockey!!

It sounds like there will be a good amount of collaboration between the PWHL and the NHL, meaning we’ll at the very least see PWHL games in NHL rinks. It would be great if that extends to events like the All-Star game, and, regardless, it bodes well for the start of the new league. 

We don’t have any confirmation of team names and branding yet, meaning right now, we’re a Maple Leafs and ??? fan blog, but know for sure it won’t be the 6ixix again!

You can check out Cathy’s article from yesterday for a full rundown on the details that have been released so far:

PWHL set to play their inaugural season
The PWHL is a go! Details have been released today about the new, single and sustainable Professional Women’s Hockey League by Stan Kasten of the PWHL board and Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Jayna Hefford.

In other good news, we in Ontario will likely see the end of those McDavid, Matthews, and Gretzky sports betting ads that have been all over hockey broadcasts in the past year, as changes in Ontario regulation will ban gambling ads featuring current and retired athletes. The regulation is intended to specifically limit gambling advertising which impressionable children might be susceptible to, hence the focus on athletes and celebrities.

Full information about the changes in regulation can be found in the press release here:

AGCO to ban athletes in Ontario’s igaming advertising to protect minors | Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
Toronto ON - The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has updated the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming to prohibit the use of athletes in internet gaming (igaming) advertising and marketing in Ontario. The standards have also been strengthened to restrict the use of celebrities w…

Around the NHL, our old friend Jordie Benn is returning to Dallas, at least for a PTO:

And CapFriendly is up to… something, starting in mid-September.

And, finally, in yesterday’s T25U25 we revealed that Fraser Minten has landed at number 8 after a promising, but not exceptional, D+1 season with the Blazers. 

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Fraser Minten is 8th
Fraser Minten completed his third season with the Kamloops Blazers, finishing fourth in team scoring with 67 points in 57 games.

Number 7 will be revealed later this morning.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!