PHF commissioner Tyler Tumminia resigns, will stay on until end of playoffs

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Tyler Tumminia has resigned as the commissioner of the Premier Hockey Federation.

Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek broke the news during Saturday’s 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada.

“She informed the board back in January she would not be seeking renewal of her contract,” Marek said. “I talked to Tumminia this morning and she said, ‘Look, I’m committed to the PHF all through the playoffs.’

“She didn’t say why she’s making this decision or what’s next but under her watch, they’ve doubled the salary cap, they’ve introduced $25 million new dollars into the system and also put together a comprehensive player benefit package.”

Tumminia joined the league as chairperson of the expansion Toronto Six in April 2020. She was selected interim commissioner six months later following the resignation of league founder and president Dani Rylan Kearney and dropped the interim label on Aug. 4, 2021, when she was named the new official commissioner.

The PHF made public last month the details of its board of governors’ investment — a $25-million infusion that will see $7.5 million directed toward the upcoming 2022-23 season. The league’s salary cap will rise 150 per cent, from $300,000 to $750,000. Players will receive full healthcare benefits plus 10 per cent equity in their teams.

The league is also looking to add two more teams as well, expanding to Montreal and an American city yet to be named.

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