The NWHL announced a significant change to their leadership structure on Wednesday morning, dropping the “interim” label beside Tyler Tumminia’s name and naming her as the new official commissioner ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Tumminia has experienced a whirlwind tenure in the NWHL thus far. Announced as the chairperson of the Toronto Six in April of 2020, Tumminia’s stay with the Six lasted a mere six months before, amidst league reorganization, she was named interim commissioner in October of that same year and continued in that role until today.
Tumminia is now the second commissioner in NWHL history, taking over from league founder, Dani Rylan Kearney after she stepped down in October of 2020.
Tumminia’s resume is quite a varied one.
Beginning as an intern with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the High-A affiliate of the MLB’s New York Yankees, in 2003, Tumminia was quickly promoted to the team’s Director of Communication six weeks later before ultimately leaving the organization in 2004. Tumminia then joined the Goldklang Group, a sports entertainment consulting firm that operates numerous minor league baseball teams across the MLB’s affiliate system and was elevated to the role of senior vice president in 2011. She continued in that role for the next five years before leaving the company in 2016.
Under Tumminia’s leadership, the NWHL has made noted growth despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.
Amidst the chaos of a pandemic, the league managed to hold a regular season in 2021, with each team playing five games in a bubble at Lake Placid, N.Y. before beginning the Isobel Cup playoffs. The season was cut short due to COVID-19, but the Boston Pride ultimately took home the title a few months later.
Regular season games were streamed live on Twitch to great success while the Isobel Cup semifinals and final were broadcast on NBCSN.
When looking ahead, this coming season seems poised to be even better.
In April, Tumminia announced that the NWHL salary would double ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, rising from $150,000 to $300,000 in a move that helps push forward the goal for all professional female hockey players to one day earn a living wage.
With a set leadership figure now in place, the NWHL is prepared for one of its best seasons yet.