Toronto Six Retain Stability In Net With Re-Signing Of Goaltender Carly Jackson
TORONTO — The Toronto Six have announced their sixth move of the offseason, re-signing goaltender Carly Jackson to a one-year Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) contract for the 2023-24 season. Her agreement includes a total salary valued at $60,000 (USD).
“It was a no-brainer. I enjoyed my year to the fullest this past season and I was offered an opportunity come back, and it was a pretty easy yes,” said Jackson. “I’ve had such a great time and I’m happy in Toronto, so I don’t see any reason to change that. It’s a real gift that I get to enjoy it for another year. I’m just excited and really happy to be a part of this club. I can’t say enough good things about the people involved, about my teammates, the staff, everybody. Winning is the icing on the cake, but I just enjoy everyday I get to go to the rink. It’s a real gift I get to come back and celebrate the win. It’s something I wanted my whole life and we achieved it. Now I’m addicted and I want to get another one.”
Jackson was a reliable backup between for the pipes for Toronto last season, as her performance played a critical role in helping the Six to a second-place finish in the regular season and to their first Isobel Cup championship in franchise history. The 25-year-old recorded the best totals of her PHF career in 2022-23 with a perfect record of 5-0-0 over six total appearances, while registering a .926 save percentage and a goals-against-average of 1.90. A popular figure for both her athletic abilities and colourful personality, the Amherst, NS native was also selected as one of the PHF’s Fan’s Three Stars of the Season, receiving the honour alongside Boston Pride forward Loren Gabel and Buffalo Beauts defender Dominique Kremer.
Jackson signed with the T6 in June, 2022 after spending the previous two seasons as a member of the Beauts. Across 29 PHF contests, she has compiled an all-time record of 12-15-1 with one shutout, while adding a .911 save percentage and a goals-against-average of 2.96. As a rookie in 2021, she was Buffalo’s recipient of the PHF Foundation Award for being the player on her team to most exemplify hockey’s core values on the ice and in the community, and was recognized as one of the Fan’s Three Stars. During her second season in 2021-22, Jackson was voted a PHF All-Star, and over the course of the campaign trailed only current teammate Elaine Chuli for minutes played, and led the entire PHF with 521 shots and 473 saves.
“Carly was an important piece of the puzzle for us to bring back because of her attitude towards the game and towards the team, and she makes a great fit in the dressing room,” said Geraldine Heaney, Head Coach of the Toronto Six. “Obviously, she can play the game as well. She played the role so amazing last year that it was just hard not to take her back. I think it was an easy signing for AJ [Angela James] because of the way she can play the game and knows her role. She’s also great when it comes to her defensive game.”
Prior to signing in the PHF, Jackson embarked on her journey to the professional ranks playing collegiately for the University of Maine from 2016-20. Across 122 NCAA games as a member of the Black Bears women’s hockey program, the five-foot-five backstop compiled a record of 45-55-18, adding a .928 SV% and a GAA of 1.98. Jackson’s career highlights also include a stint with the Under-18 Canadian National Women’s Team, where she secured a silver medal at the 2015 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
Excited to remain on Canadian soil for a second year as a member of the T6, Jackson is looking forward to making more history with the Six and helping defend the club’s first PHF title.
“I want another cup. I don’t want that thing out of my hands or out of my sight,” said Jackson. “I’m in love with that cup and I want to bring it home and keep it home. That’s the first thing on my list. The second thing is just building off of what we had last year and continuing to fine-tune the things that make this team great, and just keep getting better. This league is getting better every year. I think everyone can see that. That means we have to keep getting better, too.
“I’m excited just to be back with everyone,” Jackson continued. “I’m excited to put in the work this summer, and I’m excited for our club to compete and show everybody what the Six are about.”
Toronto now has seven players under contract for the 2023-24 season with Jackson joining defenders Saroya Tinker, Taylor Davison and forward Claire Dalton on one-year deals, with returning goaltender Elaine Chuli and captain Shiann Darkangelo both signing two-year deals. Returning forward Daryl Watts is entering the second year of a two-year agreement.
About the Toronto Six
The Toronto Six are a professional women’s ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario and competing in the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF). The Six are the league’s second expansion team that stepped on PHF ice in 2021, capturing a regular season championship. The team is owned and operated by Johanna Neilson-Boynton and BTM Partners. Visit toronto.premierhockeyfederation.com to learn more.
About Premier Hockey Federation (PHF):
The PHF is the leading source 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 maintains the mission to provide strong role models and fuel 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.