Tori Gianformaggio was born and raised here in Southern California with her loving family and four younger siblings. After attending a Long Beach Ice Dogs game at a young age, she noticed the team of men had a female goaltender, Danielle Dube, and instantly decided she wanted to be just like her playing the intense, exciting, and tough sport of hockey. Tori began by playing roller hockey at the age of 10, then made the switch to travel ice hockey as a goalie where she was able to find her passion. Growing up she played with the Cal/LA Selects AAA Women’s Ice Hockey teams starting from the 12u division up until heading out east during her senior year of high school to play for the Elite Women’s Hockey Club, the Boston Shamrocks.
Tori attended Nichols College in Dudley, MA where she played NCAA Division III collegiate hockey for 4 years. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree majoring in Criminal Justice Management and minoring in Psychology. Following graduation, she continued to live in MA for two more years while dispatching full-time for the Shrewsbury Police Department and part-time for the Oxford Police Department. During this time Tori continued to fulfill her love for playing hockey by taking on the challenge of playing a new position as forward in a women’s league out of Saugus, MA. She also providing goalie coaching to the UMASS Lowell women’s ice hockey team.
At the beginning of 2018, Tori made the decision to move back to her home state of California to be closer to family and live in a more desired warm environment. Today she works as a Skill Development Trainer at a day program for adults with autism and other behavior disorders.
Tori is excited to join the LA Lions in her first season head coaching the 12u team and coaching the goaltenders in all female age divisions.