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NWHL founder Dani Rylan Kearney resigns from posts as league adviser, team owner

National Women's Hockey League founder and former commissioner Dani Rylan Kearney resigned Tuesday from her post as an adviser to the league and president of the entity that owns four of its six teams.

League aiming to finish season in late March after COVID concerns forced suspension

National Women's Hockey League founder Dani Rylan Kearney, centre, seen above in 2015, resigned from her posts as league adviser and team owner on Tuesday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

National Women's Hockey League founder and former commissioner Dani Rylan Kearney resigned Tuesday from her post as an adviser to the league and president of the entity that owns four of its six teams.

The NWHL and W Hockey Partners announced her departure. W Hockey Partners owns the Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters and Minnesota Whitecaps.

Rylan launched the NWHL in March 2015 and was commissioner until October. She stepped down at that point and was replaced then by interim commissioner Tyler Tumminia.

The league is aiming to finish its season March 26-27 in Brighton, Mass., outside Boston after suspending play in its Lake Placid, New York, bubble before the playoffs because of virus concerns.

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