The Toronto Six Announce Digit Murphy as the First Coach in Franchise History

by NWHL Media

TORONTO — Digit Murphy will coach the Toronto Six in its inaugural season, set to begin in January 2021. Murphy, who was named President of the Six in April, will continue in her current role while coaching the team.

"Digit has a distinguished history of inspiring and empowering her players, and we are thrilled to have her on the bench of the Toronto Six," said Johanna Boynton, principal owner of the Six. "Anyone who knows Digit knows she brings a wealth of talent, dedication, and boundless energy to everything she touches. She plays to win."

With a personal and organization-wide mission to educate, empower, and include women and girls in sport, Murphy will build on her career as a hockey trailblazer as the first coach in Six history.

After a playing career at Cornell University and an 18-year stint as coach of Brown University’s women’s hockey program, Murphy is one of the most decorated and influential figures in women’s college hockey. She was the first female coach to record 200 wins, one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history and was inducted into the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame for her work as both a player and coach.

After posting winning seasons in 14 of her 18 years at Brown, Murphy began coaching at the professional level in 2014. In four seasons with the Boston Blades and Kunlun Red Star of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, Murphy appeared in four league finals, won the Clarkson Cup twice, and tallied a 70-27-3 career record.

While with the Blades, Murphy won 2013-14 CWHL Coach of the Year, acting as both Boston’s coach and general manager. With the Six, Murphy will once again join a list of hockey legends who have led as both head coach and executive that includes Jack Adams, Pat Quinn, 2019 Isobel Cup champion Jack Brodt, and others.

“I had a hand in selecting each of the women who make up this inaugural Six team, and I believe in this group,” Murphy said. “I look forward to leading them on the ice in our quest for an Isobel Cup, and in the community as we foster inclusion and sustainability in women’s professional hockey.”

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