Home of ‘the Six’, welcome to… the Toronto Six. Aptly named, the Toronto Six’s first year in the league will be the NWHL’s sixth season. The first Canadian franchise in league history, the Toronto Six aren’t playing around in their inaugural season, either. The roster they’ve put together is one full of explosive defensemen, record-setting forwards and dominating goaltenders, all primed and ready to win the Isobel Cup. Read on for a full deep-dive into the Toronto Six’s roster.
“Having spent most of my career in the States and overseas, it means the world to me to be able to play at the professional level on home soil…I’m thrilled to be joining the players, staff and supporters of the NWHL in their contributions to the growth of women’s hockey.” -Sarah Steele
With an IIHF U-18 World Championship gold medal under her belt, along with a solid collegiate career at Boston University and three years in the European Women’s Hockey League (EWHL), Steele is an electric contribution to the Six’s roster.
Steele was fifth in scoring in her previous season for KMH Budapest, where she notched an impressive 17 points in 18 games (4 goals and 13 assists) for her team. A defenseman who can generate solid plays and log assists regularly like Steele is exactly the kind of player that should be front and centre on the blue line.
Barbara’s consistency on the blue line for both the York University Lions and the Clarkson-Cup-winning CWHL Markham Thunder is the perfect addition to the Six’s defensive unit. During her time at York University, Barbara was part of a national All-Rookie selection and an Ontario University Athletics Second-Team All-Star. As a Lion, Barbara blended strong defensive and offensive capabilities, contributing 71 points in 120 games. This trend continued into her professional career with the Markham Thunder, where she tallied 19 points in 58 games over three seasons.
Barbara hoisted the Clarkson Cup in 2018 and it’s clear that with her skills on the Six, she can help bring her team to an Isobel Cup win.
As the last line of defence, the hallmark of any team is the goaltending. Toronto fans, have no fear, the Six have secured themselves a beauty of a goalie. Ridgewell has starred in net for both Merrimack University and Djugårdens IF of the SDHL/SHL.
As a Warrior, Ridgewell played 33 games with a total of 32 starts in net, culminating in a career-high and WHEA-leading save percentage of .936, and a 1.89 GAA. While playing for Djugårdens IF, Ridgewell posted a .920 SV% and 2.03 GAA in 22 games during the 2019-20 regular season.
Greco’s tenacity and physicality will be an excellent addition to the Six’s defensive unit. Greco previously played for the Connecticut Whale, and her aggressive style of play (and propensity for blocked shots) is exactly the kind of strength that excels on the blue line.
Eastwood brings some bling to the Toronto Six’s roster — she has two silver medals from the 2013 Canadian U18 Nationals and the 2015 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. At Syracuse University, Eastwood set program records (the most career goals for a defender, and breaking career-goals scoring record), accumulated high-point totals and multi-point game streaks, and earned a 10 +/- rating. Eastwood is the picture-perfect offensive defence, and it’s clear that the Six will rely not only on Eastwood’s strong defensive instincts but also her ability to regularly rack up goals and assists.
“It’s great to see Mackenzie continue her playing career with the Toronto Six…Her speed will surely be something that teammates and fans notice and Mack always plays with a smile on her face. I am looking forward to seeing the impact she will make on this new franchise!” – UVM Head Coach Jim Plumer to UVM Athletics
MacNeil’s collegiate career at UVM cumulated in 140 games, 17 goals and 20 assists, a solid performance that translated into two goals, two assists in 15 games season for the CWHL Toronto Furies, along with an equally strong showing for Hvidovre of the EWHL.
“Breanne is a true competitor – tenacious and driven…When she sets her mind to something, there is nothing that will get in her way. She’s a great teammate and leader that will push herself and her teammates to new heights, so she’s a perfect person to play a role in bringing the NWHL to Toronto. If I was starting a program, I’d want Breanne on my team.” – Colgate Head Coach Greg Fargo to NWHL
Wilson-Bennett is yet another dominating forward on the Six’s already formidable roster. Along with gold medals from a U18 World Championship and U18 National Championship, Wilson-Bennett had a commanding collegiate career at Colgate University, ending in a 41-points-in-41-games season (19 goals, 22 assists), plus a domineering 64.5% FO%.
For MODO Hockey of the SDHL, Wilson-Bennett logged 20 points in 21 games (8 goals and 12 assists). Wilson-Bennett’s reliability on the ice and consistent point production is an incredible addition to the Toronto Six.
“I am excited and proud to play the first full season of professional hockey career in my home and native land…I would like to express my gratitude for this opportunity to join the first NWHL team in Canada. I’m looking forward to demonstrating my skills and positive attitude on and off the ice. I hope the values I bring to the team will inspire young Canadian girls to follow their dreams. The Toronto fans are known for their loyalty and support, and I hope to grow in their hearts this coming season.” – Mikyla Grant-Mentis
Grant-Mentis’s collegiate career precedes her — at Merrimack College, Grant-Mentis was the program’s all-time leader in points and assists (117 points, 61 assists) and second in goals (56). In the 2019-20 season alone, Grant-Mentis marked a whopping 20 goals and 33 points in just 33 games, which not only led the team but also ranked in the top ten in the NCAA DI and tied for second in Hockey East.
Grant-Mentis went on to play two games for the Buffalo Beauts and has now signed to the Toronto Six. Grant-Mentis’ explosive offence and goal-scoring ability will be irreplaceable.
“Brooke is a major addition for our team in our goal to bring an NWHL championship to Toronto…She is a high-skilled and dynamic player who will help lead our offence and excel in every situation. Our fans are going to love her style of play.” – Digit Murphy, president and head coach of the Toronto Six
Boquist’s successful career abroad for Leksands IF (SDHL/SHL) and MODO Hockey (SDHL) is a great indication for how strong of a player she’ll be for the Toronto Six. For MODO Hockey, Boquist snagged 11 goals and nine assists in just 17 games in the 2018-19 season. The next year, Boquist led Leksands IF in goals, with 14 in 24 games and 15 assists.
If you’re looking for an exciting young player to keep an eye on, look no further than Amy Curlew. Curlew posted 9 goals and 22 points in 32 games this past season for Cornell University, ranking seventh on the team in scoring.
Curlew was drafted eighth overall by the Toronto Six.
Another young forward, Marcuzzi was also picked up in the NWHL Draft. At Robert Morris University, Marcuzzi snapped up her second consecutive 15-point season in 2019-20, where she was also the alternate captain. Over the course of her collegiate career, Marcuzzi had 19 goals and 20 assists in 139 games.
“Sarah-Eve brings a passion and proven ability to create offense and score goals…With great hands in small space and grit around the net to finish, she’s very impactful on the power play. She’s currently at the top of her game and will be a great asset to Toronto! Congrats, Sarah!” – Quinnipiac Head Coach Cassandra Turner to NWHL
Coutu-Godbout’s exciting collegiate career at Quinnipiac is a good indication of the energetic play Toronto will see on the ice. Last season, Coutu-Godbout was Quinnipiac’s leading goal scorer with 16 goals and second in points with 26 in 36 games. Along with Coutu-Godbout’s goal-scoring consistency, she also brings a silver medal from the U18 IIHF World Championships to the team.
As one of two Americans, along with a gold medal from the 2016 World Championships, Darkangelo’s experience is a great addition to the Six’s roster. It’s not Darkangelo’s first time playing in Toronto, either — Darkangelo played for the CWHL Toronto Furies, where she scored six goals in 27 games for the 2018-19 season.
“Like all of our players on the Toronto Six, Emma Woods is a natural leader and a major talent…She brings positive energy to the ice and the dressing room, and takes pride in being a great teammate. Her versatility as someone who is strong as a forward and a defender is a significant a bonus as well. Emma can jump into any situation and help the Six be successful.” – Mandy Cronin, Toronto Six general manager
Prior to the Toronto Six, Woods has had an exciting career from All-ECAC honours to the CWHL and then Leksands IF of the SDHL. For the CWHL in China, Woods controlled the ice with 35 points in 56 games, and the dominating play extended to her time in the SDHL. For Leksands IF, Woods posted 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points in just 35 games.
Woods joins her former Leksands IF teammate, Brooke Boquist (with whom she tied second for points) in Toronto. We can’t wait to see this tandem go to work on the ice once again.
McParland brings her experience, NWHL seniority and a gold medal from the IIHF U18 World Championships to the Toronto Six. As a long-time CWHL player for the Brampton/Markham Thunder, McParland logged a combined 30 goals and 33 assists in 93 games.
Chuli’s collegiate career is rife with career-bests. Chuli finished her career at the University of Connecticut with a program history best of 3,467 saves, along with a .941 SV% and 2.28 GAA. Chuli set the program’s single-game save records twice, setting it at 69 saves, along with setting two Hockey East post-season records.
Another Woods on the team, Taylor Woods brings a Clarkson Cup win and IIHF U18 World Championship gold medal to the Toronto Six. For the Brampton/Markham thunder, Woods posted six goals and eight assists over the course of 74 games.
After the collapse of the CWHL, Woods joined the PWHPA, playing for both Team Johnston in 2019 during the Unifor Women’s Hockey Showcase, and again in 2020 for Team Spooner at the Secret Women’s Hockey Showcase.
If you’re looking for a solid defenseman who can go to work on the ice, then look no further than Megan Quinn. Quinn played her collegiate career at Syracuse University, where she snagged a nice 14 goals and 29 assists over 140 games.
Quinn will join former SU teammate, Lindsay Eastwood on the blue line.
Fluke’s strong career in the NWHL is a great precursor for what’s to come for the Toronto Six. As a member of the Connecticut Whale, Fluke led the team in goals, assists and points her rookie season, with 11 points in just 16 games. Fluke was named captain for the Whale, and again led the team in assists her next year in the league.
With the Boston Pride, Fluke scored a huge 27 point total in just 23 games, helping to bring her team to first place in the regular season.
Clairmont, like many of her teammates on the Six, brings along a gold medal (for Clairmont, it’s from the 2013 U18 Championships). While at Northeastern, Clairmont ended her strong collegiate career with 13 goals, 24 assists, for a total of 37 points in 110 games.
Allen isn’t new to the Toronto scene. As a longtime member of the Toronto Furies (CWHL), Allen’s consistent performance on the ice will bring both experience and maturity to the roster.
Featured photo courtesy of NWHL/Toronto Six