The Premier Hockey Federation announced that the league’s expansion franchise will be named Montreal Force on Tuesday morning.
The Force chose brown, white, and black as their team colors with a logo in the shape of the letter F representing the Quebec fleur-de-lys. The team will wear three uniforms in its inaugural season.
“We wanted a powerful name to distinguish us in this incredible hockey market and represent who we are in the women’s sports landscape,” Force president Kevin Raphaël said in a statement. “We are a force, on and off the ice, with strong, confident women who will show their strength in all facets, from competition to community involvement. We are a family of difference makers and role models who will be the pride of our province.
The Gendarmerie 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, Quebec, Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup, Saint-Jérôme and Sept-Îles are “among the hosts in consideration”, indicated the Gendarmerie.
The team will be based and train at Center 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 its official entry into the 2022-23 season confirms that this team will truly be a ‘force’ in the PHF,” said PHF Commissioner Reagan Carey in a statement. “It all starts with the energy and passion of Kevin Raphaël and his team, up to the players who are committed to the PHF, and the positive support generated across the province of Quebec.
“The introduction of the Montreal Force is a great step forward for the organization and the PSF as we continue to build 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 its full schedule ahead of the 2022-23 season in early September.