AP -- The Professional Women's Hockey Players Association enters its second season with plans to regionalize its structure by basing players in five hub cities. It also plans to continue its Dream Gap Tour series of barnstorming stops across North America.

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Groups of 25 players will practice in rinks in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, Alberta, where they will have access to dedicated dressing rooms, strength and conditioning facilities, and support staff and coaches. The regionalized structure allows the PWHPA to concentrate its resources on five sites. The groups get the benefit of holding full practices and scheduling exhibition games to increase their playing time.

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