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NWHL to Seattle is a not-for profit organization supporting the grassroots community movement to establish a professional women’s ice hockey team in Seattle. Through community engagement, special events, and marketing, NWHL to Seattle will rally the people of the Pacific Northwest around the common goal of making Seattle an undeniable location for a National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) expansion team.

The NWHL is a professional women’s hockey league that was founded in 2015 with a mission of providing strong female role models for the community while fueling the continued growth of the sport and brand of women’s hockey. NWHL to Seattle will increase exposure to women’s hockey in the region, connect elements of the community, and generally help advance the sport.

NWHL to Seattle also intends to facilitate the ownership structure of a women’s professional hockey team in Seattle by connecting potential partners.


Unite and amplify the community’s energy for a women’s professional ice hockey team in Seattle


  1. Support the community

    • Foster grassroots efforts.

    • Connect segments of the movement.

    • Rally people around the common goal.

  2. Increase awareness of and enthusiasm for women’s hockey

    • Share the latest news and information—from the recreational to the professional levels, from around the world.

    • Build relationships with fans.

    • Welcome those new to the sport.

Kelly Stephens-Tysland, U.S. Women's Hockey Olympian

Kelly Pierce Stephens Tysland (born June 4, 1983) is an American ice hockey player from Shoreline, Washington. She won a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turino, Italy. She earned two IIHF World Women's Championships medals—a gold medal in 2005 in Sweden and a silver in 2004 in Canada.  


Kelly played for the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team from 2001 to2005 earning back-to-back National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey titles in 2004 and 2005. In 2004 Kelly was selected to the All-Tournament Team honors as she scored five points in the Frozen Four, and in 2005 the team tallied a near-perfect record of 36-2-2 and were ranked as the top team in the nation for the entire campaign. She is listed on the team’s Top 10 Career Stats Record Board for: all-time points, goals, assists, as well as points per game, goals per game, power-play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals, and penalty minutes.


After the 2006 Olympics she moved back to Washington State and started Experience Momentum (www.experiencemomentum.com), a fitness training company with locations in Lynnwood and Freemont, Washington. Kelly lives in Lynnwood, Washington with her husband and three children.