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Taylor Turnquist Talks Financial Challenges of Being Pro Women’s Hockey Player



Credit: Taylor Turnquist

Taylor Turnquist is excited for the future of professional women’s hockey, even if she may not be a part of it.

The 25-year-old defenseman retired last year, after two pro seasons with the NWHL/PHF’s Boston Pride and Minnesota Whitecaps. She returned to the Pride this year on a part-time basis but has no plans for a full-time comeback.

That’s, in part, because pro women’s hockey doesn’t pay a living wage yet to most players.

Turnquist, a two-time NCAA champion with Clarkson University and an Isobel Cup winner with the Pride, is now living in San Jose with San Jose Sharks center and boyfriend Nico Sturm. She plans to pursue a career in either special education or occupational therapy.

Taylor Turnquist gave San Jose Hockey Now an honest look at the financial challenges of being a pro women’s hockey player, and what rival women’s hockey leagues PHF and PWHPA need to do to ensure that young girls have a sustainable and lucrative pro hockey league to dream about playing in.

Read the Full Taylor Turnquist Interview at NBC Sports Bay Area

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