There are now two main women's hockey leagues, the Canadian based CWHL, which is more established but does not pay players, and the American based NWHL, which is entering its first season and will be the first North American women's hockey league to pay its players.
The CWHL has five teams, Boston Blades, Brampton Thunder, Calgary Inferno, Montreal Stars and Toronto Furies. Boston Blades beat Montreal Stars to win the 2015 Clarkson Cup (league championship). More information about the CWHL can be found on their website http://www.cwhl.ca/view/cwhl/
The NWHL has four teams entering their inaugural season, Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The NWHL just conducted their first entry draft and Alex Carpenter went first overall to the New York Riveters. The complete draft order and more information about the NWHL can be found at their website http://nwhl.co/
This is a brief overview of the leagues and I will be writing more in depth information about teams and players throughout the summer and season.