The Premier Hockey Federation (PHF), the North American professional women’s ice hockey league, has named Reagan Carey, a leadership veteran in the sport, as its new commissioner.
Carey joins from USA Hockey, the national ice hockey federation, where she spent nearly 12 and a half years as director of the women’s game.
For most of the 12 and a half years, she was also the general manager of the women’s US national team, winning a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and five IIHF Women’s World Championship gold medals.
Before that, she spent a year as the senior manager for fan development and then three years as director for fan development and youth marketing at the Atlanta Hawks, of basketball’s NBA, and the Atlanta Thrashers, of ice hockey’s NHL.
She spent time before that working purely for the Thrashers in a variety of other capacities.
Carey will take up her role on May 10 with a remit of delivering the PHF’s vision to “provide leading opportunities in professional women’s hockey and growing the sport for its athletes, partners, and fans.”
She was appointed by a search committee that included Susie Piotrkowski, the head of women’s team sports at the US-based international sports and entertainment agency Octagon, who has said that Carey “differentiated herself not only as a result of her hockey experience but through her deep understanding of the women’s sports landscape.”
Carey will replace Tyler Tumminia, who it was announced in February would be stepping down after the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.
Tumminia had only taken on the role in an interim capacity in 2020 after the founder of the league (then called the National Women's Hockey League) and its then-commissioner Dani Rylan Kearney was replaced as part of a wider restructuring.
Its rebranding took effect ahead of the 2021-22 season to remove the gender focus from the league’s name.
Carey said: “Throughout my career, I have been fortunate and honored to have played a part in growing and improving the landscape of women’s hockey at all levels. I continue to be energized and committed to moving the needle in the right direction and will be dedicated to the work required to build trust and elevate the PHF into a beacon for professional women’s hockey.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue making history with a relentless pursuit of success on all fronts. Through our work we will aim to honor past pioneers of our sport, and inspire young girls to see a vibrant future in the game by ensuring that athletes who want to train and compete at the highest professional levels will always have a home at the PHF.”
PHF board of governors member Tobin Kelly added: “The search committee had the opportunity to speak with many exceptional candidates who were considered for the role of PHF Commissioner over the course of this process. What stands out about Reagan Carey is not only her incredible depth of experience in the world of women’s hockey but the collaborative approach she brings to the position.
“In all of our many conversations, Reagan’s commitment to communication and her values that advocate for what is right and put players first, make her the perfect leader for the next phase of growth in the PHF. We are all excited about welcoming Reagan as she takes the lead in moving the PHF forward.”