The Toronto Six, the NWHL’s sixth team and its only team in Canada, will have its home games at the Canlan Ice Sports facility in nearby York, Ontario.
The facility in the north of Toronto houses six ice surfaces including a 1,200-seat Olympic-sized rink that will be the Six’s home rink. Toronto will also be using Canlan as its primary practice facility and have locker rooms built specifically for the team.
“Our first priority in a home rink was finding somewhere fans across Toronto and the GTA could come to see the Six play,” Six President Digit Murphy said. “Canlan is in an accessible location with all the amenities we could’ve asked for and we can’t wait to step on the ice of our new arena and for the puck to drop signaling the start of season six.”
The ownership team will be led by Johanna Neilson Boynton, who played four years at Harvard and is the CEO and co-Founder of Boynton Brennan Builders. Sports team owner and executive Tyler Tumminia will serve as the club’s chairman. The other teams in the league are the Minnesota Whitecaps, the Boston Pride, the Buffalo Beauts, the Connecticut Whale and the Metropolitan (NY-NJ) Riveters.
The Canlan complex includes conference rooms, a bar and grill and a training facility. It has hosted Team Canada’s National Junior and World Championship Men’s and Women’s hockey teams and is home of York University men’s and women’s varsity teams.
“We are excited that our York location was chosen as the host facility for the Toronto Six,” Canlan Ice Sports Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Joey St-Aubin said. “Canlan is committed to growing Women’s hockey through innovative instructional programs, leagues, tournaments, sport-related experiences, and partnerships. We are looking forward to working closely with the club’s ownership and management to bring a whole new dynamic to the sport here in Toronto.”