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Toronto Six Round Out 2022-23 Roster With Signing Of Forward Tereza Vanisova



TORONTO — Adding Olympic experience and Isobel Cup winning pedigree, the Toronto Six

have signed forward Tereza Vanisova to a Premier Hockey Federation contract for the 2022-23

season. Additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed. “It was a great option for me,” said Vanisova.

“It’s coming back where it all started for me because I played in Toronto for one season in prep school before I went to college, so it’s going back to the past in a different way. Toronto has a special place in my heart and I’m very excited about that.”
- Tereza Vanisova, Toronto 6ix and Czechia Forward

Vanisova, a native of Strakonice, Czechia, becomes the second player from outside North America to ever sign with the Six, joining fellow countrymate in defender Dominika Laskova. The left-handed shooter signs after a pair of brief stints with the Boston Pride where she contributed offensively to two Isobel Cup championships, recording a combined seven points, tallying two goals and five assists in 12 career games from 2020-22. The 26-year-old also represented Czechia at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, and competed in Sweden’s

SDHL for the majority of the 2021-22 season. With Leksands IF, she skated in 31 regular season games and finished atop the team in two categories, including goals scored and points registered. Vanisova was originally selected by the Pride in the second round of the 2020 draft, joining them for the league’s shortened 2021 campaign in Lake Placid, NY.

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“When Tereza reached out, along with fellow teammate Dominika [Laskova], both of whom played on the Czech National team, and having realized she was the leading scorer at Maine for four years, and a dynamic player, I knew she could be a difference maker for the T6,” said Angela James, General Manager of the Toronto Six. “The T6 want players who want to be here, and that’s exactly what we have with Tereza. We are excited to have her join our T6 family.”

*Check out our interview with Czech International and PHF Champion, Tereza Vanisova*


Before embarking on a professional hockey career in North America, Vanisova, who stands at five-foot-seven, played collegiately at the University of Maine, including four seasons with T6 goaltender Carly Jackson. Skating with the Black Bears women’s hockey program, the Exercise Science graduate finished her 2016-17 freshman season as the club’s top goal scorer and point leader, tallying 28 points on 16 goals and 12 assists. Vanisova’s impressive first year saw her named a UMaine Rising Star and Hockey East Co-Rookie of the Year, while she also received an invite to the conference All-Academic team. As a sophomore, she compiled career-best totals, tallying 46 points on 16 goals and 30 assists, topping the charts for a second straight campaign as the program’s leading scorer in both goals and points. Her 46 points placed her sixth in the league and 11th overall in the nation. Vanisova’s offensive prowess earned her various recognitions, including nominations as a WHEA Second Team All-Star and New England Hockey Writers Division I All-Star, while acknowledged by the institution as a UMaine Scholar Athlete. As a junior, Vanisova’s tremendous impact continued to be felt, as she

led the team in shots with 118, putting up a team best 18 goals and a second-best 24 points.


She capped off her collegiate tenure in historic fashion, officially becoming the school’s all-time

points leader, recording 31 points on 14 goals and 17 assists. Vanisova’s goals and point totals

as a senior saw her finish second on the team, while her 17 assists placed her third. A sheer

competitor across the board during her tenure, Vanisova compiled 129 points in 129 games,

registering 63 goals, while adding 66 assists.

Her earlier experience with Czechia’s national team includes five go-arounds at the World

Championship in the top division. At the 2016 event, she scored the most goals by a forward

(5). She also competed in Division 1A competition, where she won two gold medals. As well,

Vanisova was a three-year member of the Under-18 national team, securing a bronze medal at

the 2014 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

*Check out our interview with Czech International and PHF Champion, Tereza Vanisova*


Vanisova becomes the team’s twenty-first signing, joining Leah Lum, Dominika Lásková, Alexis

Woloschuk, Nadine Edney, Courtney Gardiner, Kati Tabin, Emma Greco, Carly Jackson,

Brittany Howard, and Lexi Templeman as the team’s free agent acquisitions to date, alongside

returnees Shiann Darkangelo, Emma Woods, Breanne Wilson-Bennett, Michela Cava and

Brooke Boquist up front, Taylor Woods, Taylor Davison, Saroya Tinker and Lindsay Eastwood

on defence, and Elaine Chuli between-the-pipes.

Excited to make the trip full circle in her latest adventure, Vanisova is looking forward to a

consistent slate of competitive action and getting acquainted with her new coaches and

teammates. “I am most excited to play again,” she remarked. “It’s been a few months and I’ve been

basically recovering, so I’m very excited to be back on the ice and play games, and meet my

new teammates and get to know new people. The coaching is going to be another exciting

thing.”


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