The National Women’s Hockey League expansion team in Toronto has been officially branded the Toronto Six.
The team name draws its inspiration from one of Toronto’s nicknames, which stems from the city’s telephone area code of 416 and has been popularized by hometown musician Drake.
Toronto Six will also be the sixth team in the NWHL, while teams have six players on the ice. The team will join the NWHL in the 2020-21 season.
“We wanted a bold, clean and modern brand for the team, for the game and for the city,” said Toronto Six chairman Tyler Tumminia.
The team’s colors and logo were also unveiled, while its uniforms will be unveiled in the coming weeks. The logo is a combination of the letters ‘T’ and “O” and the number “6” in red, with an angled golden maple leaf inside.
A press release explained: “The gold reflects the Golden Horseshoe region in Ontario, and also the high standards set by everyone in Canadian Women’s Hockey, and the levels of excellence the new NWHL team is committed to establishing – as a perennial Isobel Cup contender, as a provider of opportunity for women in sports, and as a leader in the advancement of women’s professional hockey in North America… The red pays homage to Canada and the flag. An additional pattern with the maple leaf is in tribute to the architecture of the city.”
The team’s ownership group is led by Johanna Neilson Boynton, who played four years at Harvard, serving as captain for two seasons, and is the chief executive and co-founder of Massachusetts house design company Boynton Brennan Builders.
Margaret “Digit” Murphy, who has more than three decades of experience leading teams at Brown University and in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, has been named president.
The NWHL recently called off the Isobel Cup final between the Boston Pride and Minnesota Whitecaps. The title game was originally scheduled for March 13 before being initially postponed.