SPECIAL SERIES OF “NWHL OPEN ICE” CONTENT COMING TO TWITCH
Katie Gaus to Host Three Shows including NWHL Awards in April
April 14, 2021 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – The National Women’s Hockey League today announced a special series of “NWHL Open Ice” content in partnership with Twitch featuring themes that will celebrate the stars of the 2021 NWHL season, highlight the world of women’s hockey, and look forward to season seven with future league talent.
The three special series programs will air live on Twitch.tv/NWHL. While dates and times are still to be determined, the first show will air later this month where all 2021 NWHL award winners will be unveiled. A show in May will be dedicated to the IIHF World Women’s Championship, followed by a show in July that recaps the NWHL Draft.
“We love our online community that has developed on Twitch’s streaming platform and how engagement levels have grown as NWHL fans interact with each other during live broadcasts,” said NWHL Commissioner Tyler Tumminia. “We’re excited to provide this unique opportunity for fans to stay connected during spring and summer months.”
Katie Gaus will host the series and is no stranger to the NWHL or the Twitch platform. The Florida Panthers’ digital reporter and Bally Sports Florida sideline reporter served as a member of the international broadcast team for regular-season games in Lake Placid as well as during the Isobel Cup Playoffs.
“I am extremely excited to continue working with the NWHL as host of the upcoming Open Ice series,” said Gaus. “During my coverage of the Isobel Cup, I experienced first-hand the excitement surrounding the league and the passion of the fans, so I am thrilled to be a part of this series providing them even more coverage of their favorite teams and players.”
This season the league’s following on Twitch increased 260% year-over-year accumulating two million views. Fans collectively watched 15.7 million minutes of live NWHL content and logged over 130,000 chat messages during live games.
“NWHL Open Ice” made its online debut this season on January 13, 2020, as a weekly interactive talk show featuring NWHL personalities answering questions about their lives in hockey and beyond the rink. Past episodes can still be viewed on the league’s Twitch page.
Stay tuned to NWHL social media accounts for special series broadcast details plus additional off-season content on Twitch.
About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
Established in 2015, the NWHL was the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The mission of the league is to fuel the continued growth of the sport and brand of pro women’s hockey. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and the Toronto Six. Visit NWHL.zone and follow on Twitter and Facebook @NWHL and Instagram @NWHL.zone.