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Toronto Furies confirm their full team roster after two weeks of try-outs at MasterCard Centre
Toronto, ON (September 25, 2018) – After a two-week training camp, the Toronto Furies are excited to announce their official roster for the 2018-2019 season. The team’s opening weekend consists of three games against the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays at their home rink, the MasterCard Centre (400 Kipling Ave) on Saturday, October 13 at 7:00pm, Sunday, October 14 at 1:00pm and Wednesday, October 17 at 8:45pm.
The 25-player roster is made up of three goalies, eight defence and 14 forwards. Twelve veterans return to provide some valuable leadership to a talented rookie class.
“The tryout process was an arduous and difficult task,” said Sami Jo Small, Furies General Manager. “With so many talented rookies and veterans alike, the skill level was astounding and the choices were extremely hard to make. I am proud of my coaching staff for their commitment to the process and their desire to field a fast, exciting team who will make the city of Toronto proud not only on the ice, but off the ice as well.”
Led by returning Canadian Olympians Natalie Spooner and Renata Fast they welcome their Team Canada teammate and first round draft pick Sarah Nurse.
In the off-season the Furies were looking to make strides in scoring and defence. With the addition of 13 new players the team feels as if they’ve accomplished that.
The Furies goaltending trio will be among the best in women’s professional hockey. Newcomers, first round pick, Shea Tiley, a two-time NCAA Champion from Clarkson University and Elaine Chuli, a free agent pick up who played last year with in Shenzhen the CWHL’s Vanke Rays, will be sharing goaltender duties with veteran Amanda Makela, who had some impressive wins last season.
Despite a plethora of rookies, the Furies defensive core will be the backbone of the organization. Olympian, Renata Fast leads the charge as Shannon Moulson provides valuable leadership returning for her twelfth season in the CWHL. Sena Suzuki, a stay at home defenceman, returns from her second Olympic Games with Team Japan to play her third season with the Furies. And in a recent acquisition, the Toronto Furies have traded for defenceman Jordan Hampton from the Worcester Blades for an undisclosed salary cap amount. Meanwhile, draft picks, Mellissa Chanell, Julia Fedeski, Emma Greco, Megan Quinn, will be an exciting quartet to watch with their speed and ability to control the puck.
Olympians, power forward, Natalie Spooner and gifted goal scorer Sarah Nurse will be joined up front, by recent Team Canada National Team member Brittany Howard, a draft pick from Robert Morris University.
Another huge addition to the Furies scoring potential is another free agent pick up from the Vanke Rays, and a USA National Team member and 2016 World Champion, Shiann Darkangelo.
Veteran leaders Emily Fulton, Carolyne Prevost and Jessie Vella will be relied on heavily not only for their speed, but for their guidance, as the rookie class looks to gain traction in the CWHL. The Furies welcome back fifth-year veteran, Julie Allen to their lineup as well as Furies veterans Shannon Stewart, Jessica Platt and last year’s rookie of the year nominee, Brittany Zuback who all return for their second full season in the CWHL.
Draft picks Anissa Gamble and Mackenzie MacNeil were able to crack the lineup during the tryouts providing the offence with some extra speed on the Furies home Olympic sized ice surface.
Veterans Carlee Campbell (gave birth September 23rd) and Katie Gaskin (injured) also remain on the Furies roster. Roster announcement will be finalized when players sign their contracts. Veterans not on the 25-player roster will be asked to stay on our extended 40-player roster. Their decisions will be forthcoming.
“We as a staff are feeling very optimistic,” said Courtney Kessel, Furies head coach. “We are excited to get going!”
Sami Jo Small
GM, Toronto Furies
The Furies will be taking on the U of T Varsity Blues in a “controlled” scrimmage at Varsity Stadium this Wednesday, September 26th, 2018, puck drop is at 6:00 pm. For media inquiries please contact Sami Jo Small directly for all in-person or phone interview requests.
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TORONTO FURIES – OFFICIAL TEAM ROSTER:
|Position||First Name||Last Name||University||Hometown|
|G||Amanda||Makela||Merceyhurst College||Thunder Bay, ON|
|G||Elaine||Chuli +||University of Connecticut||Waterford, ON|
|G||Shea||Tiley *||Clarkson University||Owen Sound, ON|
|D||Mellissa||Chanell *||University of Wisconsin||Oakville, ON|
|D||Renata||Fast #||Clarkson University||Burlington, ON|
|D||Julia||Fedeski *||University of New Hampshire||Haliburton, ON|
|D||Emma||Greco *||Quinnipiac University||Burlington, ON|
|D||Jordan||Hampton +||University of North Dakota||Foxboro, MA, USA|
|D||Shannon||Moulson||Niagara University||Missisauga, ON|
|D||Megan||Quinn *||Syracuse University||Belleville, ON|
|D||Sena||Suzuki #||Hosei University||Tomakomei, Japan|
|F||Julie||Allen||University of New Hampshire||Brampton, ON|
|F||Alysha||Burriss *||Syracuse University||Napanee, ON|
|F||Shiann||Darkangelo +||Quinnipiac University||Brighton, MI, USA|
|F||Emily||Fulton||Cornell University||Stratford, ON|
|F||Anissa||Gamble +||Robert Morris University||Fredericton, NB|
|F||Brittany||Howard *||Robert Morris University||St. Thomas, ON|
|F||Mackenzie||MacNeil *||University of Vermont||Richmond Hill, ON|
|F||Sarah||Nurse # *||University of Wisconsin||Hamilton, ON|
|F||Jessica||Platt||Laurier University||Sarnia, ON|
|F||Carolyne||Prevost||University of Wisconsin||Sarnia, ON|
|F||Natalie||Spooner #||Ohio State University||Scarborough, ON|
|F||Shannon||Stewart||Plattsburgh State University||Pickering, ON|
|F||Jess||Vella||Providence College||Pickering, ON|
|F||Brittany||Zuback||University of Vermont||Thunder Bay, ON|
+ Free Agent or Trade