Mark Joslin Appointed Head Coach Of The Toronto Six

by Justin Levine

TORONTO -- The Toronto Six have appointed Mark Joslin as the team’s second head coach in franchise history. Joslin succeeds the position filled by Digit Murphy, who will remain in her current role as President of the hockey club.

“Mark brings a wealth of experience to the role of head coach, with a passion for skill development. He is a leader and understands women’s hockey needs players and coaches to work together to succeed,” said Digit Murphy, President of the Toronto Six. “He is someone who has spent his career educating and empowering the future, perfectly matching our pillars, and with his many successes, is the perfect fit to lead our team moving forward.”

Joslin has been involved at elite levels of the game for over 20 years and most recently spent four seasons with the Toronto Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League between 2016-20. The first two seasons were in the general manager’s role before adding head coach to his title. Now after over a decade in men’s junior hockey, Joslin says making a difference is what led him to the Toronto Six.

“I just love where women’s hockey is right now and the direction it’s going,” said the new bench boss. “It’s been a dream of mine to always coach pro hockey. Signing on with the Toronto Six after talking to Digit and getting this opportunity with the only (NWHL) franchise in Canada is special. I think timing-wise and where I am in my career, it’s a great opportunity for me to come in and educate to hopefully make a difference for this organization and make a good run at this."

Mixing his love of hockey and business, Joslin founded Joslin Elite Hockey Training in 2003 which runs and operates out of the Greater Toronto Area. He did so after spending three years as head instructor of Nikolai Borschevsky Hockey School. Being his introduction to coaching, Joslin was inspired to start his own camp which has since become a staple and one of the premier hockey training outfits in the GTA. 

While just getting the skills camp off the ground, Joslin expanded his portfolio to include junior hockey and spent the 2004-05 season as an Ontario Hockey League scout with the Oshawa Generals. Involved in the league for six seasons, he joined the Barrie Colts and served as a member of their scouting staff from 2006-09.

His first coaching job in junior came in the OJHL working with the Aurora Tigers where they won a pair of accolades in his first of three seasons. The team was named Dudley Hewitt Champions, and Royal Bank Cup winners as the Tier II  Junior “A” National Champions. From Aurora, he joined the Pickering Panthers, while named Director of Hockey Operations at Pickering College. Despite just one season there, Joslin remained a mainstay in the league with the Stouffville Spirit, and later, the North York Rangers. Between them, he worked in different capacities, climbing his way up the ranks from Head Coach to General Manager. 

With a focus on superior skill development, Joslin received offers from outside programs through his strides as an instructor to continue shaping the future. This included gigs from 2011-13 with PEAC School for Athletes, Hill Academy and Champion Athletic Development. 

Between his handful of duties, Joslin also worked in the Greater Toronto Hockey League from 1994-2014, serving as bench boss of four teams. With one being the North York Rangers, he was named through two years as associate and head coach before returning to Aurora for 2015-16. Joslin began his tenure with the Patriots the following year and was named 2018 OJHL Executive of the Year.

Delighted to have this new opportunity, Joslin can’t wait to get going and be a part of something special. 

“It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to it and I love the support staff, Digit and others. I think it’s a great organization and I just want to come in and help and hopefully make a difference for all these young ladies.”

On-ice preparations for the NWHL’s reigning regular season champions is well underway with the Six already announcing the re-signing of captain Shiann Darkangelo, defender Emma Greco, and goaltender Elaine Chuli to Season 7 contracts.