The Second Free Agent Addition, Toronto Six Sign Goaltender Tera Hofmann
TORONTO — The Toronto Six added their second free agent on Wednesday morning, signing former Metropolitan Riveters goaltender Tera Hofmann, who returns for her second NWHL season.
“Toronto is my hometown and that’s where hockey all started for me, so I have tons of great memories as a child growing up, going to outdoor rinks with my parents, playing shinny with my sister,” Hofmann said. Just being able to come home and be apart of that community again, and especially in a season now where we’re gonna get fans, that’s gonna be really special.”
The sixteenth overall pick in the 2020 NWHL Draft is a native of Toronto, Ontario and returns to her hometown alongside a familiar presence in defender Saroya Tinker, who was the club’s first free agent acquisition of the off-season. Both Hofmann and Tinker played their NWHL rookie seasons with the Riveters after four-year collegiate careers at Yale University in addition to junior hockey with the Durham West Jr. Lightning.
The five-foot-six backstop made her NWHL debut on January 24 during Lake Placid competition, starting in a 4-3 win over the Connecticut Whale. She turned aside 33 of 36 saves shots she faces for a goals-against-average of 3.00 and a save percentage of .917.
“Hofmann is a good young goaltender who has succeeded at every level she has played at,” said Digit Murphy, President of the Toronto Six. “She showed a ton of promise with the Metropolitan Riveters last year in the bubble and we believe she has a bright future in the league. We are excited to add another talented goaltender to the crease this season in Toronto.”
Before her career with the Riveters, the Economics graduate spent four seasons competing with the Bulldogs in the Division I hockey program from 2016-20. Taking the ice in New Haven, Connecticut, Hofmann, 22-years-old, put together six shutouts, the fifth-highest total for a Bulldog.
Putting up career-best numbers throughout her four-year tenure, she was named in each season to the ECAC All-Academic Team. That includes ranking fourth at Yale in save percentage, third in program history for GAA, and sitting seventh in saves, amassing 1,904.
Starting a career-high 23 games in her Junior year, Hofmann made a career-high 639 saves and would finish that season with a career-best .914 save percentage.
Prior to her NCAA commitment, Hofmann played two seasons of junior hockey in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League, advancing to the playoffs in each season. In 38 games played, the Canadian’s goals-against-average ranked top 10 in the league, leading the Lightning to a regular season title. Adding to her list of accolades, she owned a team best marking across the PWHL and was named MVP during the final four championship weekend.
In 2018, Hofmann was invited to a selection camp for a chance to compete with Team Ontario U18.
Ready to get back to competitive action, Hofmann said she can’t wait to be home in Toronto and play before her family and friends.
“I mean, playing hockey,” she said. “That’s what we’re all here for, that’s what we’re most excited for, but I think personally what I’m most exited for is being able to play and have my parents watch and have my grandmother come watch. They’re so excited I’m coming home. I get to have those special moments with them every weekend hopefully.”