Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) will allow post-secondary schools to give female hockey players full-ride scholarships in an effort to keep more talent at home.

The Women’s High Performance Hockey pilot program will be in place for five years and will allow CIS to collect data on how effective scholarships are in recruiting athletes in Canada.

“Is the scholarship the difference or is it something else?” CIS CEO Pierre Lafontaine told the Canadian Press. “We’ll have a better understanding of all of that within the pilot.”

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