Pro women’s hockey is coming back to Toronto.
Toronto has added an expansion team into the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), which has become the first Canadian team in league history. Six teams create the NWHL, which follows the CWHL ceasing operations last year, is the only North America pro women’s hockey league.
Although fans are encouraged to submit their ideas online for the new team’s name, color, and designs, where the new team will play and what the franchise will be called haven’t been determined.
The league is preparing for its sixth season with teams also located in New Jersey, Buffalo, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Boston.
Toronto’s ownership team is led by Johanna Neilson Boynton, who is the CEO and co-founder of Boynton Brennan Builders and played four years at Harvard University.
Tyler Tumminia, who received the Game Changer award from Sports Business Journal and was named one of the top 25 female executives by Bleacher Report in recent years, will serve as the chairman of the club.
Digit Murphy, who has led teams at Brown University and the CWHL for more than three decades, has been named the club’s president.
Although the club hasn’t named a coach or general manager, it has signed five players to contracts: goaltender Elaine Chuli, forwards Taylor Woods and Shiann Darkangelo, and defenders Emma Greco and Kristen Barbara.
The 2020-21 season is planned to begin in November, with each team playing 20 matches before the Isobel Cup playoffs start in March.
Murphy said, “Today is just the beginning,” and they have a lot of work ahead. Their Toronto’s team is led by women and they are providing jobs and opportunities in the GTA for hockey coaches, players, and staff. Their team will proudly represent Toronto to compete for the NWHL and will be dedicated to empowering younger female athletes through community education and engagement.
He added that they welcome everyone who wants to be part of a rewarding and challenging venture.