The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) has operated since 2015, becoming the first North American female hockey league to pay their players a regular salary. Previously, all four NWHL teams were owned by the league itself, but all that has changed. Buffalo Sabres owners Kim and Terry Pegula have purchased the Buffalo Beauts franchise, adding them to their ever-growing Sports and Entertainment brand. This is a huge step for the Beauts and the rest of the NWHL, who have had to cut salaries in the past to keep the league financially viable.