BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Spiros Anastas will head to the Lake Placid Bubble as a member of the Toronto Six staff.
“Spiros is a talented coach who brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff and team,” said Digit Murphy, President and Head Coach of the Toronto Six.
“He also adds energy and enthusiasm that is impactful to our squad. Spiros and I initially met just to talk hockey during Covid, but after we chatted on the phone, I knew that he was someone who believed in our mission. I thoroughly enjoy working with Spiros and I look forward to working together to bring the Isobel Cup to Toronto!”
Over his coaching career, Anastas has acquired a wealth of experience that he can call upon in the bubble. He was an Assistant Coach with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and won a Calder Cup with the organization in 2013.
He then moved to the University of Lethbridge and was the Head Coach of their program for four seasons. From there, the Mississauga native made the jump to the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays, guiding them to the playoffs in his first season.
He most recently finished up his first term as the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Brampton Beast. He helped guide the team to a 34-25-3-0 record prior to the Covid-19 league shutdown.
“I am honoured and thrilled to be joining the Toronto Six in the NWHL bubble for their inaugural season,” said Anastas.
“Since the 2019-20 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and through our opting out of the 2020-21 season, I have been focused on educational opportunities and networking as much as possible to continue to grow as a Coach.”
“When I connected with Digit, we instantly hit it off talking about the game and it eventually led to this incredible opportunity to join the team in Lake Placid. I have been fortunate to learn from many great coaches throughout my career and to be able to add Digit Murphy and Lisa Haley to the list, while working with the team of elite athletes they have assembled, will only make me a better coach for the Brampton Beast when we return to play in 2021-22.” Anastas continued on saying, “I hope the assistance I provide through this journey can help these amazing athletes learn as much as they have already taught me.”
With the Six, Anastas will have an Assistant Coach title and be responsible for assisting in video coordination, pre-scouting, stats and analytics, practice and game planning.
“I am grateful to Digit and Lisa for affording me the chance to have a competitive 2020-21 season and to Cary Kaplan for supporting me to pursue it while I continue my responsibilities with the Beast. I am looking forward to continuing to grow the game through our partnership and bringing the Isobel Cup home!”
The Six, along with the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters and Minnesota Whitecaps will all be competing for the Isobel Cup in a condensed format that will include:
- Between Jan. 21 and 22, the six teams will arrive at Lake Placid in a staggered schedule.
- Starting on Jan. 23, each team will play five games (one against each of the other squads).
- From there, a playoff round determines the four semifinal teams.
- The top seed faces the fourth seed while the second takes on the third. They will be single-elimination series.
- Finally, the 2021 Isobel Cup Final will take place on Feb. 5.
It has also been reported that the NWHL and NBC Sports have announced that the 2021 Isobel Cup semifinals and final will air live on NBCSN on Feb. 4-5. It marks the first time that women’s professional hockey games will be shown live on a major national cable network in the United States.