TORONTO (date) – The Toronto Furies announce today the pre-signing of 2018 Olympic silver-medalist Sarah Nurse, the first of three 2018 CWHL Draft pre-signings available to the team.
“We are thrilled to be able to add a player of Sarah’s caliber to our Furies roster,” stated new Furies general manager Sami Jo Small. “She has proven herself to be a talent beyond measure, especially having made an Olympic roster at such a young age. She will bring offensive firepower, defensive tenacity, and she can be a key component of the Furies for years to come.”
Nurse shared her excitement in joining the Furies and the familiar faces already with the team.
“I’m eager to get my professional career started with the Furies and compete against some of the best players in the world here in the CWHL,” stated Nurse. “Having friends from the national team like Renata Fast and Natalie Spooner with me, I know we are going to be a dangerous team this season and I just can’t wait to hit the ice full speed.”
The Hamilton, Ontario native picked up an Olympic silver medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics this past February. She suited up in all five tournament games, recording her first career Olympic goal in a 2-1 round-robin win over the USA.
As a member of the University of Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey program Nurse totaled 137 points (76 G, 61 A) in 150 games. She registered a career-best 53 points (25 G, 28 A) in her senior season, serving as an alternate captain, while also earning All-WCHA 2nd Team and 2nd Team All-American honours.
Nurse also possesses a IIHF U18 World Championship gold medal and has competed as a member of Team Canada at the Nations Cup and 4-Nations Cup, claiming one gold and three silver.
Notable family ties include cousins Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers (NHL) and Kia Nurse of the New York Liberty (WNBA), along with uncles Richard Nurse, retired Hamilton Tiger-Cat (CFL), and Donovan McNabb, retired Philadelphia Eagle (NFL).
A new procedure added for the 2018 CWHL Draft, teams now have the ability to pre-sign their first and second round selections. Following the trade of defenceman Erin Ambrose to Les Canadiennes in the middle of last season, the Toronto Furies have three picks within the first two rounds, having received Montreal’s 2018 first round pick in the transaction. This allows the Furies to pre-sign three draft registrants prior to the established Friday, August 17 deadline. The 2018 CWHL Draft is scheduled to take place in Toronto on Sunday, August 26.
Sami Jo Small
Toronto Furies – General Manager