Toronto Six

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Toronto Six
Toronto Six Logo.png
CityToronto, Ontario
LeagueNational Women's Hockey League
Founded2020
Home arenaTo be announced
Colours         
Owner(s)Johanna Neilson Boynton
General managerMandy Cronin
Head coachTo be announced
CaptainTo be announced
MediaTwitch
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Toronto Six are a professional ice hockey expansion team that will be based in Toronto, and will begin play in the 2020–21 National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) season. The venue for their home games is yet to be determined. The team was formed in 2020 after the collapse of the Canadian Women's Hockey League.

It will be the NWHL's first professional hockey team to play in Canada. An ownership group was led by Johanna Neilson Boynton, a former competitor with the Harvard Crimson women's ice hockey program, announcing Digit Murphy as Team President, while Tyler Tumminia serves in the capacity of chairman.

History[edit]

Background[edit]

Following the 2018–19 season, the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) ceased operations and with it the league's Toronto team the Toronto Furies citing the fragmentation of corporate sponsors between the CWHL and NWHL which caused their league to be financially infeasible.[1] The NWHL then announced it was pursuing adding two CWHL markets to the league, Montreal and Toronto, if the NWHL found financial backers for the teams.[2] The formal announcement welcoming the team was made on April 22, 2020. The Six are the league's sixth team and first original expansion team (the Minnesota Whitecaps joined the league's original four teams after being an independent team.)[3]

Establishment[edit]

The first five players by the franchise included Kristen Barbara, Elaine Chuli, Shiann Darkangelo, Emma Greco and Taylor Woods.[4] All five were former players in the CWHL. Holding the first overall pick in the 2020 NWHL Draft, which took place on April 28 and 29, 2020, the team traded the pick to the Boston Pride, who selected Sammy Davis. The first player selected in Toronto franchise history was Jaycee Gebhard, an alum of the Robert Morris Colonials women's ice hockey program. With their 15th overall pick, the club selected Erin Locke, a forward with the York Lions women's ice hockey,[5] only the second USports women's ice hockey player selected in draft history. The team announced Mandy Cronin, formerly of the Buffalo Beauts, as general manager on May 11, 2020.[6]

Team identity[edit]

The team name, colours, and logo were announced by the NWHL on May 19, 2020.[7] The name was chosen from over 300 entries submitted by fans in an online poll, and was chosen because the team is the sixth NWHL team founded for the sixth NWHL season, as well as there being six players on the ice. The Six is also a nickname for the city of Toronto, referring to the original cities of Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York and Etobicoke, and the borough of East York.[8]

The team colours were introduced as red and gold, the former representing the country of Canada and the latter representing the Golden Horseshoe and the elite level of play the club aims to achieve. The logo is a combination of the letter "T", "O" and the number 6, with a maple leaf in the middle.[9]

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated 17 May, 2020[10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
Canada Elaine Chuli G L 24 2020 Waterford, Ontario
Canada Samantha Ridgewell G L 25 2020 Outlook, Saskatchewan
Canada Kristen Barbara D R 27 2020 Mount Hope, Ontario
Canada Emma Greco D L 25 2020 Burlington, Ontario
Canada Kelly Babstock F L 27 2020 Mississauga, Ontario
Canada Brooke Boquist C L 23 2020 Thunder Bay, Ontario
Canada Sarah-Ève Coutu-Godbout F L 22 2020 Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
Canada Amy Curlew F L 22 2020 Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
United States Shiann Darkangelo LW L 26 2020 Royal Oak, Michigan
Canada Mikyla Grant-Mentis F L 21 2020 Brampton, Ontario
Canada Natalie Marcuzzi F L 22 2020 Thornhill, Ontario
Canada Jenna McParland F R 28 2020 Schreiber, Ontario
Canada Taylor Woods F R 25 2020 Morden, Manitoba

General managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Final Public Communication" (PDF). CWHL. July 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "U.S.-based women's hockey league OKs plan to expand to Canada after CWHL folds | The Star". thestar.com. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "NWHL adding first Canadian team, in Toronto". April 22, 2020.
  4. ^ Wawrow, John (April 22, 2020). "NWHL's expansion to Toronto gets mixed reviews from women players". cbc.ca. CBC Sports. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "Toronto NWHL Loads up on Lions, Selects Locke in Entry Draft".
  6. ^ "NWHL Provides Updates on the GMs for 2020-21". www.nwhl.zone. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "Introducing…The Toronto Six - Nwhl". Nwhl.zone. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  8. ^ "Toronto Nicknames & Where They Came From: A Tourist's Guide". Narcity. May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Jay, Michelle (May 11, 2020). "Toronto NWHL officially announces its name". The Ice Garden. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "Stats - Toronto". Toronto.nwhl.zone. Retrieved May 19, 2020.

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