This morning the National Women’s Hockey League has expanded to Toronto for the 2020-21 season.
Toronto Signs First Five Players
- Along with the announcement that the NWHL has expanded to Toronto, the NWHL also announced the first five players signings for the new franchise as well.
- Kristen Barbara is a 27 year old defender whose played three seasons in the CWHL, and won the Clarkson Cup in 2019 with the Markham Thunder.
- Elaine Chuli is a 25 year old goaltender, and played for the Vanke Rays and the Toronto Furies of the CWHL. Chulie is also a member of the 2012 Team Canada group that won gold medal at the U-18 World Championships.
- Taylor Woods, also a member of the 2012 U-18 gold medal team with Chuli, is a 25 year old forward that was a mainstay in the Markham/Brampton Thunder lineup since 2016. Woods would also win the Clarkson Cup in 2019 with Markham.
- Shiann Darkangelo returns to the NWHL where she was a popular player for both Buffalo and Connecticut. Darkangelo was a member of the US National team when they won gold at the 2016 IIHF World Championships, and also spent time recently playing flr Toronto and Kunlun of the CWHL.
- Emma Greco also returns to the NWHL, previously playing the 2017-18 season with Connecticut, and she was a part of the Toronto Furies in CWHL’s final season.
Meet the Executives
- The ownership team for the new Toronto franchise is lead by Johanna Neilson Boynton, who is the CEO oand co-Founder of Boynton Brennan Builders.
- Boynton also played four years Harvard.
- Tyler Tumminia, a sports team owner and executive whose been name one of the Top 25 Female Executives by Bleacher Report, takes over as the team’s Chairman.
- Tumminia was also awarded the Game Changer Award by the Sports Business Journal.
- Digit Murphy has been named President of the Toronto franchise, and brings with her more than three decades of hockey experience leading teams at Brown University and in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
- Murphy will oversee the hiring of the team’s General Manager and Head Coach.
Name the Team!
- For the new Toronto franchise the team name, venue, additional staff, and other news will be announced in the upcoming weeks and months, but beginning today fans can go to http://toronto.nwhl.zone/name-your-team to submit team name, colors, and design ideas for Toronto’s new team.
*All Graphics courtesy of the NWHL.
TXHT will continue to provide NWHL coverage as more signings and news are announced.