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PHF's Toronto Six Gets Star-Studded Ownership Group

The Premier Hockey Federation’s Toronto Six is now under new ownership, and it’s a group with several prominent hockey names.
Toronto Six

The Premier Hockey Federation’s Toronto Six is now under new ownership, and it’s a group with several prominent hockey names.

Toronto’s ownership will now include Hockey Hall of Fame member Angela James, former NHL player Anthony Stewart, former NHL coach of the year Ted Nolan, and Bernice Carnegie. Carnegie is the daughter of Black hockey legend Herb Carnegie and is a co-founder of the Carnegie Initiative for Inclusion and Acceptance in Hockey.

“This is a really amazing time to be part of professional women’s hockey and I am thrilled to lead a new ownership group to support elite athletes in my hometown,” Anthony Stewart said in a press release.

“Together with my partners, we know how much representation matters and how important role models are for young hockey players. It brings me great joy to be part of something special and help strengthen a platform that will make the game better for the next generation and grow the game in the community that I love. We believe the PHF is well-positioned to become a leader in professional sports and look forward to continuing to build the Toronto Six into a winner on and off the ice.”

The group is purchasing the organization from current Toronto Six owner Johanna Boynton, who is still the primary owner of the PHF’s Metropolitan Riveters and co-owner of the Boston Pride. The league has made it clear it would like to see independent ownership of each franchise in the immediate future. Boyton believes this group will help grow the PHF.

“Local ownership who believe in our vision to grow women’s hockey and are committed to supporting these phenomenal professional athletes represents another significant step forward in the overall growth and sustainability of the PHF,” said Johanna Boynton, founding chair and principal owner of the Toronto Six in a press release.

“We are beyond excited for the PHF family to evolve by welcoming diverse leaders who will be difference makers and take the organization to the next level by enhancing the experience for our athletes, community partners, and passionate fans.”

Around the league, other management responded positively as well. Anya Packer, GM of the Metropolitan Riveters was excited to see a local, and diverse ownership group join the PHF’s Toronto Six.

“It’s incredibly momentous to see homegrown Toronto leadership take over at the Six, and even more important to see the diversity in this BIPOC leadership group. We cannot continue to grow without growing our ownership pool, and the more I read the names in the new Toronto Six leadership group the more proud I am of where this league is going.”

The league has dealt in recent days with rumors surrounding a possible rival league planned by the current members of the Professional Women’s Players Association (PWHPA).

New Toronto Six co-owner Angela James recently spoke out in favor of the PHF becoming the lone professional women’s hockey league in North America after members of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) announced plans to create a new rival league.

“The best women players in the game deserve to be competing at a pro-level in ONE league,” James wrote on social media after denouncing the PWHPA’s recent moves.

The Toronto Six was founded in 2020. The PHF was established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League and rebranded to the PHF in 2021.

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