NWHL Names Michelle Picard Deputy Commissioner

The National Women’s Hockey League has announced that they have named Michelle Picard as the league’s new Deputy Commissioner and Director of Player Development.


Per the NWHL Press Release, Picard’s responsibilities as Deputy Commissioner will include working on the league’s player development, free agency, game and event scheduling, grassroots programs, and working on building the league’s relationships with both national governing bodies and collegiate hockey programs.


“The opportunity to accelerate the progress of women’s professional hockey and make the NWHL one of the best hockey leagues in the world is inspiring to me. This game is a big part of my life, and my experience with the Riveters and at every level of the sport will inform the work ahead. I look forward to collaborating not only with the NWHL’s players and leaders, but all stakeholders in hockey driven to take our game to higher levels.”

— Michelle Picard


Picard, a three year veteran of the Metropolitan Riveters and 2018 Isobel Cup Champion, is succeeding Hayley Moore who became the President of the Boston Pride earlier this season, and will be starting in the role effective immediately.


“Shelly Picard is one of the most respected leaders in hockey and the ideal person to help build our league as Deputy Commissioner. She is a determined, creative, focused and passionate leader with deep connections across the sport. Her addition is a proud and very important moment for the NWHL.”

— Dani Rylan, NWHL Commissioner


With Picard’s experience both in the NWHL and with the US National Program, 2104 Olympic Silver Medalist and 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2019 Gold Medalist at the World Championships, the NWHL is gaining a very well experienced hockey mind , and someone who wants to help grow the game of Women’s Hockey and the NWHL.


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Quotes from Michelle Picard and Dani Rylan from NWHL


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