2021-22 PHF SEASON THE LAST FOR COMMISSIONER TYLER TUMMINIA
Tumminia to remain in her role through the playoffs with search for a replacement underway
February 20, 2022 (Boston, MA) – The Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) today announced that Tyler Tumminia has made the decision to step down from her role as PHF Commissioner at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. Tumminia was appointed Interim Commissioner in October 2020 before taking over permanently in August 2021. She will continue to fulfill the position through the 2022 Isobel Cup Playoffs scheduled for March 25-28 in Tampa Bay, Florida. The search for a new Commissioner is underway with a process led by the PHF Board of Governors.
“Supporting our phenomenal athletes and helping build a professional platform for them to showcase their incredible talent and skill is something I’ve loved from the moment my hockey journey began,” said Tumminia. “I take a lot of pride in what we’ve been able to do as a team in a short amount of time, and I’m grateful to the Board of Governors for the opportunity, to my PHF staff, team leadership, and most importantly the athletes for believing in me. I’m here to focus on finishing what we started in season seven and make the Isobel Cup Playoffs one to remember. The foundation for growth and a sustainable business model is here, and I look forward to welcoming somebody new to come and take things to the next level.”
“Tyler joined the PHF during a period of transformation and immediately provided strength and leadership where it was needed the most,” said Johanna Boynton, Toronto Six Principal Owner and member of the PHF Board of Governors. “She’s shared our vision to create opportunities in the sport and broken boundaries with a passion that always put player’s first. What she’s helped us accomplish, throughout the challenges of a global pandemic, has been truly game-changing. We have Tyler to thank for propelling the PHF into a new era as we continue our unwavering commitment to growing the PHF and professional women’s hockey across North America.”
Tumminia went from serving as Chair of the Toronto Six to a PHF front office tenure as the league introduced a new governance model transitioning towards private ownership across all six franchises. She spearheaded the league’s name change and refreshed the logo redefining the brand based on the skill and talent of the athletes as opposed to their gender. Under her guise, the PHF’s stature has seen substantial growth across all facets including record sponsorships and doubling of the salary cap. Tumminia successfully negotiated the first-ever national broadcast partnership for women’s professional hockey on NBCSN, and reached a monumental agreement making ESPN+ the exclusive home of the PHF in the United States this season including historical North American wide coverage of the 2022 Isobel Cup final on ESPN2 and TSN2.
The future of the PHF is bolstered by the Board of Governors’ recent commitment to invest $25 million over the next three years to directly enhance the player experience. Expansion to eight teams for the 2022-23 season, along with a salary cap of $750,000 per team, full healthcare benefits and equity in the teams, facility upgrades, new equipment, and increased ice time are all part of the pledge to support professional PHF athletes.
About the Premier Hockey Federation
The PHF is the home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and provide opportunities for elite athletes to earn a living playing the game they love while fueling the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup. For more information visit premierhockeyfederation.com.