TORONTO (August 2, 2018) – The Toronto Furies announce today – Thursday, August 2 – the signing of free agent forward Shiann Darkangelo.
“Shiann is going to be a player every other team in the CWHL is going to need to account for when they play us next season,” said Sami Jo Small, Furies general manager. “We are trying to build a well-rounded team and Shiann offers exactly what we were looking to add to our lineup as a big body in front of the opposing net and aggressive play from end-to-end.”
Drafted 20th overall by the Kunlun Red Star in the 2017 CWHL Draft, Darkangelo appeared in 27 games last season, finishing the 2017-18 campaign fourth in team scoring with 18 points (10 G, 8 A). The Brighton, Michigan native added one goal in the 2018 Clarkson Cup Playoffs, helping the Red Star defeat the Calgary Inferno on route to an appearance in the Clarkson Cup Finals.
“The last year with Kunlun has been a whirlwind and to have the kind of success we had in only our first season was incredible,” commented Darkangelo. “I’m excited now to bring the same enthusiasm I’ve had for the past 12 months to the Furies and strive for that same kind of success this season in Toronto.”
Prior to joining the CWHL, Darkangelo spent two seasons in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) as a member of the Connecticut Whale and Buffalo Beauts, being named an NWHL all-star with the former and winning the 2017 Isobel Cup with the latter. She totaled 25 points (17 G, 8 A) over 29 games played.
Internationally, Darkangelo owns three gold medals, winning as a member of Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, 2015 Four Nations Cup and 2011 U18 IIHF World Championship. At the 2016 event, she appeared in all five games of the tournament, picking up four points ( 1 G, 3 A).
At the collegiate level, Darkangelo split her time between Syracuse University and Quinnipiac University, playing in 144 games, while totaling 102 points (56 G, 46 A). In her freshman season at Syracuse, she was named to the CHA All-Tournament Team after leading the team in goals and then took her team to the CHA championship game in her sophomore year. After transferring to Quinnipiac she had a breakout junior year posting 40 points (23 G, 17 A) in 37 games to become just the second player in Bobcats history to record a 40 point season.
Sami Jo Small
Toronto Furies – General Manager