NWHL’s Toronto Six names Mark Joslin new head coach

Toronto Six defender Sarah Steele and Buffalo Beauts forward Jordan Juron battle for the puck. (Michelle Jay/NWHL)

The NWHL’s Toronto Six have named Mark Joslin the club’s new head coach ahead of the organization’s second season.

Joslin takes over the role from Digit Murphy, who served as the team’s head coach for its inaugural 2020-21 campaign. Murphy will remain in her current role as team president.

Joslin has spent the past two seasons as head coach and general manager of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Toronto Patriots, acing as the GM for two more years before that. He also served as head coach for the OJHL’s Aurora Tigers and North York Rangers prior to his tenure with the Patriots.

“Mark brings a wealth of experience to the role of head coach, with a passion for skill development. He is a leader and understands women’s hockey needs players and coaches to work together to succeed,” said Murphy in a press release. “He is someone who has spent his career educating and empowering the future, perfectly matching our pillars, and with his many successes, is the perfect fit to lead our team moving forward.”

Prior to his work in the OJHL, Joslin also ran his own skills program, served as an OHL scout for the Oshawa Generals and Barrie Colts, and coached in the Greater Toronto Hockey League for two decades.

“I just love where women’s hockey is right now and the direction it’s going,” Joslin said of his transition to the NWHL, per the release. “It’s been a dream of mine to always coach pro hockey. Signing on with the Toronto Six after talking to Digit and getting this opportunity with the only (NWHL) franchise in Canada is special.

“I think timing-wise and where I am in my career, it’s a great opportunity for me to come in and educate to hopefully make a difference for this organization and make a good run at this.”

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