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TORONTO, CANADA (March 31, 2019) – The Toronto Furies organization are proud of our ongoing contributions to advancing women’s hockey on every level here in Toronto. Today doesn’t change that, it just causes us to quickly pivot, as we continue to strive to be thought leaders on finding positive ways to create a solution together that works for everyone.
The Toronto Furies are heartbroken at the news we received from the CWHL and it’s new Board of Directors just this morning. As one of six teams in the league, we, like the players, were completely unaware of this decision and are still trying to process its impact and find the best way to move forward collectively. What we do know, is that Toronto has an incredibly strong presence in the hockey world with dedicated supporters and fans, and as the Toronto Furies, we can promise that we will be working directly with our players, coaches and management to continue to be an inclusive voice for women’s professional hockey in our city, and we have every intention of moving forward together on building the next phase of our team here in Toronto.
Toronto Furies GM, Sami Jo Small (Co-Founder of the CWHL) says, “While I was shocked by the news this morning, I am optimistic about the strength of our Toronto Furies organization moving forward. We value the notion of collaboration and working together, ultimately hoping to have a seat at the decision-making table, and we will be looking to connect with all of our key stakeholders directly to discuss next steps to keep things moving forward in a positive direction.”
Natalie Spooner (Captain, Toronto Furies) adds, “Today the professional hockey league we played in, and the professional hockey league we relied on to improve as players, folded. The support we felt throughout these years was tremendous and we would love to keep this momentum going for women’s hockey and for the many future generations to be able to see their role models on the ice. It’s important to stay united as female hockey players, staff and fans, and all come together to articulate the best ways to help women’s hockey get to a new level.”
The Toronto Furies are incredibly grateful to every single person who has contributed to the success of our organization and the growth we experienced both on and off the ice over the years.
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The Toronto Furies are a women’s professional hockey team that play in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The League consists of six teams including, Toronto Furies, Markham Thunder, Calgary Inferno, Les Canadiennes de Montreal, Worcester Blades (Boston), and Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays (China).
ABOUT THE CWHL
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. CWHL will discontinue operations as of May 1, 2019. Visit www.thecwhl.com