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The Canadian Women’s Hockey League will hold its first annual golf tournament “Rinks to Links” Women’s Golf Tournament fundraiser this summer, with proceeds benefiting the league. The tournament comes as the CWHL is working toward creating sustainable women’s hockey.

The tournament is Monday, Aug. 24 in Thornhill, Ontario. CWHL players, alumni and 2015 draft picks will be participating in the event. Registration cost is $500 for an individual, $1,200 for a team of three, or $150 for a golf clinic/learn the game session.

Participants will also get a seat at the gala dinner at the club house. The tournament is branded as a chance to spend time with many of North America’s top women hockey players, many of whom have won Clarkson Cup championships or Olympic medals. Players will also get the chance to meet local business leaders and make connections that will “help them build their careers beyond the rink,” according to the CWHL.

“Joining our talented athletes on the green this summer is a great way to support our league as we become closer to our goal of paying them to play the game they love,” CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said. “These women have remarkable stories to share about the determination and sacrifice that have taken them to the top of their game.”

The CWHL is a professional women’s hockey league with five franchises across Canada and the United States. Teams include the Boston Blades, Toronto Furies, Calgary Inferno, Montreal Stars and Brampton Thunder.  The league seeks to enable elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey players.

A college hockey fan and hockey player, Krista Patronick decided to pursue a career in sports management after earning a degree in English from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2009 and spending three years in journalism. She received her Master's of Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University in 2013. After realizing she was meant to work in the hockey world, Krista went to work in any press box she could get into. She kept statistics, wrote shot charts, tweeted and live-blogged her way to a job as an operations coordinator and marketing director at The Hockey Academy in Hudson, N.H. She works with the company's two junior teams, adult hockey players, and youth teams. Krista is a goalie and enjoys playing hockey in her spare time. She is a die-hard Bruins and River Hawks hockey fan. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @KristaPatronick

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