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Let’s wake up with some MASSIVE NWHL news as the league just officially announced their plans for the latest team north of the border.
The NWHL will be adding their 6th team to the league at the start of next season, this time in the great hockey city of Toronto. This comes as no surprise after a number of rumors and sources have surfaced this week about the new team and who they’re signing. The new team is also starting off with an all-female front office to start their new journey.
With the team’s announcements, we also know what five players the team has already signed. All of them being former players in the CWHL before it’s collapse.
Starting off, there is goaltender Elaine Chuli, a 25-year-old goalie with a U-18 WWC Gold medal and played for the Toronto Furies and Vanke Rays.
For defensemen, the team has Emma Greco, a 25-year-old who played for the CWHL’s Toronto Furies as well as the NWHL’s Connecticut Whale. They also picked up 27-year-old defenseman Kristen Barbara. Barbara was apart of the CWHL’s final Clarkston Cup-winning team, the Markham Thunder.
Their last two signings are forwards Shiann Darkangelo and Taylor Woods. Darkangelo is a 26-year-old but has accomplished quite a bit. She has a gold medal at the 2011 U-18 WWC, a gold medal from the 2016 IIHF World Championships, as well as playing in the CWHL (Toronto Furies and Kunlun) and in the NWHL (Buffalo Beauts and Connecticut Whale). Woods is a 25-year-old forward who also has a U-18 WWC from 2012 and was a part of the final Clarkston Cup-winning team with Barbara.
As for the team name, you can help pick that! Head over to the NWHL’s website or click here to submit an idea for a team name and logo!
This is amazing for the NWHL. According to their press release, their viewings went up 93% this season! And the train ain’t slowing down there. With the addition of Toronto, more eyes than ever are on these teams. Viewers=Growth, it’s simple. So from here, the sky is the limit.
Once again it isn’t totally unexpected but a great step forward for the growth of the league. Over the past season, watching this league gain more traction and grow this much has been amazing and I can’t wait to see more.
It does leave me to wonder what is next for the PWHPA and their players. So far there is no word but I wonder if this will put a pause on any ideas in the future.
For now, let’s celebrate this amazing news! (Well don’t celebrate too hard because it’s 7:30AM)
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