June 30, 2022

Boston Delight ahead Tereza Vanisova scores a aim throughout a recreation in opposition to the Toronto Six, in Boston, on March 26, 2021.Mary Schwalm/The Related Press

The Toronto Six girls’s hockey staff has been offered to a gaggle of traders led by former NHL participant Anthony Stewart, coach Ted Nolan and Hockey Corridor of Famer Angela James.

The Six are of their second season within the Premier Hockey Federation, which was the Nationwide Girls’s Hockey League for six years earlier than rebranding final yr.

Possession will switch from U.S.-based BTM Companions to the Canadian group with a full record of traders to be introduced on the closing of the deal, the PHF stated Monday in a press release.

The Six are the one Canadian membership within the six-team league alongside the Boston Delight, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters and Minnesota Whitecaps.

The PHF introduced in January it is going to broaden to eight groups and greater than double its wage cap subsequent season to US$750,000 per membership.

“Native possession who consider in our imaginative and prescient to develop girls’s hockey and are dedicated to supporting these phenomenal skilled athletes represents one other vital step ahead within the total development and sustainability of the PHF,” stated BTM Companions’ Johanna Boynton, who was the founding chair and principal proprietor of the Six.

“We’re past excited for the PHF household to evolve by welcoming various leaders who shall be distinction makers and take the group to the subsequent stage by enhancing the expertise for our athletes, group companions, and passionate followers.”

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Toronto’s Stewart, 37, is an on-air analyst for Sportsnet and performed six NHL seasons. He chairs Hockey Equality, which works to create variety and inclusion in any respect ranges of the game.

“Along with my companions, we all know how a lot illustration issues and the way vital function fashions are for younger hockey gamers,” Stewart stated within the assertion.

“It brings me nice pleasure to be a part of one thing particular and assist strengthen a platform that can make the sport higher for the subsequent technology and develop the sport in the neighborhood that I really like.”

Toronto’s James was the one Black participant to captain the nationwide girls’s hockey staff, gained gold in 4 world championships, and have become the primary Canadian girl inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame in 2010.

The 57-year-old is an assistant coach of the Six this season.

Nolan, of the Backyard River First Nation close to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., performed three NHL seasons and coached for seven.

The 63-year-old gained the NHL’s teaching award, the Jack Adams Trophy, with the Buffalo Sabres in 1997.

“New and various possession teams are a part of the evolution of the PHF that can see substantial development in years to return,” the PHF stated Monday.

The league’s board of governors dedicated to investing $25-million over the subsequent three years to immediately improve participant expertise in addition to well being care advantages, facility upgrades, new tools and elevated ice time in 2022-23.

The Six topped the standings in a pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season earlier than shedding to eventual Isobel Cup champion Boston within the semi-finals.

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Toronto, led by final yr’s MVP Mikyla Grant-Mentis, at the moment ranks first within the PHF with a 13-2-1 document and are 8-0 at dwelling this season.

The 2022 Isobel Cup playoffs are scheduled for March 25-28 in Tampa Bay, Fla.

No gamers on this yr’s Canadian and United States Olympic girls’s hockey groups play for a PHF membership.

They’re with the Skilled Girls’s Hockey Gamers’ Affiliation.

They’ll play one another in a “Rivalry Rematch” on Saturday in Pittsburgh.