TORONTO (August 1, 2018) – The Toronto Furies welcome free agent goaltender Elaine Chuli to the Blue and White.
“Having strong goaltending is crucial to success in the CWHL and with Elaine we add the ability to have depth within our crease,” commented new Furies general manager Sami Jo Small. “Last season Elaine was able to gain so much playing in China with Vanke and then to add her UCONN experience on top of that, she has definitely proven herself to be more than capable.”
Drafted by the Vanke Rays with the 14th overall pick in the 2017 CWHL Draft, Chuli appeared in 27 games for the Shenzhen, China based team, finishing the season with a 14-11-0 record (W-L-OTL). The Waterford, Ontario native faced the second most shots of any goaltender last season, 851, while posting a 2.94 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
“Last season was an incredible experience for me getting to play so much hockey and being part of the CWHL’s inaugural season in China,” stated Chuli. “It was amazing to see the growth of the game in China. I am excited now to come and play close to home and give the Furies a chance to win every night.”
Prior to joining the CWHL last season, Chuli was a four-year starter with the University of Connecticut Huskies. She appeared in 102 games, posting a 2.93 goals-against average and 9.22 save percentage. In her senior year she was named a Second Team All-American and finished her career as both the Huskies and Hockey East all-time saves leader with 3,467 saves. She was named Huskies team MVP in three consecutive seasons.
Internationally, Chuli was a member of Canada’s U18 IIHF World Championship gold-medal winning team in 2012. Chuli appeared in two of the teams five tournament games, posting shutouts in both outings. She also won gold with Canada at the 2016 Nation’s Cup.
Sami Jo Small
Toronto Furies – General Manager