The wait is finally over. After unveiling the colours and logo for the upcoming season back on May 19th, the team announced on Friday morning their home and road jerseys being sported as well.
As well, this follows a report from Eleni Demestihas of TheIceGarden.com who mentioned on Thursday that the league’s six teams will each have two jerseys for the season ahead. Having one for home and away, Demestihas cites that this is the first time that the team’s will play regularly in more than one jersey. That said, it is more than likely that teams will wear lighter colours when home. As such, this pointer indicates to opting for darker when out on the road.
Not only that, but it’s noted that some of the six teams may also debut a third jersey as well. Speaking of which, the other five remain focused on signings, so their jerseys will thus be unveiled later on in the summer when it’s closer to puck drop.
The 2020-21 season marks a number of firsts for the NWHL as they have home and road now to choose from with the league’s sixth team as the first one in Canada. The team is headed by Digit Murphy, Johanna Boynton and Tyler Tumminia.
Keeping in mind COVID-19, the team, with the rest of the league, will not hit the ice until mid-November. For Toronto, that gives them more time to both name a head coach, staff and place to call home. With that being said, The Puck Authority recently learned that the franchise is looking in Vaughan and North York with a flurry of facilities to check out and consider.
Speaking of the jersey drop Friday, the team opted for red to be the base colour used for their home jerseys come the inaugural season. Being the first NWHL franchise in Canada, they did so in an effort to connect with the country’s flag and the colours that reflect it. On the sleeves will be a black and gold trim, that representing the core colours of the Six. For that reason, it’s used as an accent with the gold also showing on the shoulders and collar trim.
As per the official press release, each jersey has that golden collar which represents the Golden Horseshoe of Toronto. Along with the gold on the shoulders, a Canadian flag can be found on one side while on the other is the team’s “6IX” branding patch. As is stated by the franchise, the goal being chased for both jerseys was to have a design that was clean and classic. That said, the idea behind it was for the team to pay tribute to Canadian hockey.
Taking a look at the alternate sweater, it displays an all-over pattern with the maple leaf and Toronto word mark surrounding it. On the sleeves of this jersey are six golden stripes, also found on the socks. This reflects the name of the hockey club and the upcoming season being the sixth for the league.
Given the announcement on Friday, the Toronto Six also unveiled their online team store for memorabilia. Found at the time of launch, items currently listed are shirseys, hats and much more. All these accessories can be purchased for the very first time since the Six were unveiled. With that in mind, Toronto fans can begin shopping at t6nwhl.myshopify.com/. With more merchandise on the way, team replica jerseys will be available soon.
By way of celebrating another feat, fans, for a limited time, can purchase a “T6 Fan Pack” which also comes with a t-shirt. As if that wasn’t enough, it also includes a snap back in white with the T6 logo embroidered above the brim. Also on the deluxe twill hat, “EST 2020” is embroidered on the side. Finally, to protect from the virus, the gift pack includes a T6 branded face mask.
While the jerseys are another step forward, the Six still have work to get done as they keep signing players to round out the team’s roster. That being said, The Puck Authority recently learned that the Toronto Six have signed forward Emma Woods. Woods spent the season overseas with Leksands IF of the SDHL. A native of Burford, Ontario, the NWHL has yet to make things official.