PHF Montreal expansion franchise announces Force as team name

Premier Hockey Federation expansion team, Montreal Force unveil their new uniform and logo ahead of their 2022-23 inaugural campaign.

The Premier Hockey Federation announced that the league’s expansion franchise will be named Montreal Force on Tuesday morning.

The Force chose maroon, white and black as team colours with a letter F shaped logo representing Quebec’s fleur-de-lys. The team will wear three uniforms in their inaugural season.

“We wanted a powerful name to distinguish ourselves in this amazing hockey market and represent who we are across the women’s sports landscape,” said Force president Kevin Raphaël in a statement. “We are a force, both on and off the ice, with strong and confident women who will showcase their strength in all facets from competition to community involvement. We are a family of difference makers and role models who will make our province proud.”

The Force also announced that the team will play home games across the province of Quebec during the 2022-23 season and seven cities have been targeted. Montreal, Gatineau, Québec, Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup, Saint-Jérôme, and Sept-Îles are “among the hosts in consideration,” the Force said.

The team will be based and will train out of Centre 21.02 at the Verdun Auditorium in southwest Montreal.

“The work ethic and winning mindset of the Montreal franchise during this offseason in preparation for their official entry into the 2022-23 season confirms this team will truly be a ‘Force’ in the PHF,” said PHF commissioner Reagan Carey in a statement. “That all starts with the energy and passion from Kevin Raphaël and his team, right through to the players who have committed to the PHF, and the positive support that’s being generated across the province of Quebec.

“Introducing the Montreal Force is a big step forward for the organization and the PHF as we continue building our new era with historic growth. We can’t wait for the puck to drop and to see the Force in action.”

The PHF will announce their full schedule ahead of the 2022-23 in early September.

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