Julie Chu

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Julie Chu
Julie Chu @ 2010 Academy Awards (cropped).jpg
Born(1982-03-13) March 13, 1982 (age 32)
New York City, NY, USA
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight147 lb (67 kg; 10 st 7 lb)
PositionForward
ShootsRight
Played forHarvard (20022007)
Minnesota Whitecaps (2007–2010)
Montreal Stars (2010–present)
National team United States
Playing career1999–present
 
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Julie Chu
Julie Chu @ 2010 Academy Awards (cropped).jpg
Born(1982-03-13) March 13, 1982 (age 32)
New York City, NY, USA
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight147 lb (67 kg; 10 st 7 lb)
PositionForward
ShootsRight
Played forHarvard (2002–2007)
Minnesota Whitecaps (2007–2010)
Montreal Stars (2010–present)
National team United States
Playing career1999–present

Julie Wu Chu (born March 13, 1982) is an American Olympic ice hockey player who plays the position of forward on the United States women's ice hockey team and the position of defense on the Montreal Stars. She won the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2007 for best female collegiate hockey player while at Harvard University. She finished her collegiate career as the all-time assists leader and points scorer in NCAA history with 284 points until the record was snapped in 2011. She is tied as the second-most decorated U.S. female in Olympic Winter Games history. She was selected and chosen by fellow Team USA members, to lead the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team into Sunday’s Closing Ceremony as flag bearer.

Chu was an assistant coach for University of Minnesota Duluth and helped the Bulldogs women's ice hockey team win their fourth NCAA Division I national championship in 2008 and Union College in 2011-2012.

Early life[edit]

Chu's father, Wah, was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Wah and his mother moved to Hong Kong when he was one year old. In 1967, they emigrated to New York City when Wah was 16. Shortly after arriving, he met his future wife, Miriam, at a youth group meeting at a neighborhood church.[1] Miriam is half Chinese and half Puerto Rican.[2] Chu has one sister, Christina, and one brother, Richard.

Chu grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut. As a child, Chu participated in soccer and figure skating before transitioning into youth hockey. She attended Choate Rosemary Hall but graduated from Northwood School (Lake Placid, New York) in 2001.[3] She deferred her acceptance into Harvard University until after the 2002 Winter Olympics. She graduated in 2007 with a concentration in psychology.

Playing Career[edit]

Chu is the first Asian American woman to play for the U.S. Olympic ice hockey team and played in the 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 Winter Olympics. She is tied as the second-most decorated U.S. female in Olympic Winter Games history.[4] The four-time Olympian was chosen through a vote of each winter sport's team captain to carry the American flag during the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.[5] Chu is the second ice hockey player to serve as flag bearer for Team USA.

During her time at Harvard, Chu became the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history and was also the team captain. In her four years at Harvard University, she was the all-time assists leader and obtained 284 points, the most in NCAA history. She won the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2007 for best female collegiate hockey player in the United States.

International hockey[edit]

As a key member and assistant captain of National Hockey Team USA, Chu won Silver medals at the Olympic Games in 2002, 2010, and 2014 and a Bronze in 2006. She has recorded 40 goals and 83 assists in 150 games with Team USA.

Chu was the leading scorer at the 2009 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships tournament with ten points (five goals, five assists).[6]

Professional hockey[edit]

From 2007 to 2010, Chu played forward for the professional hockey Minnesota Whitecaps of the WWHL and won the 2010 Clarkson Cup. In 2010–11, she joined the Montreal Stars in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) and claimed her second consecutive Clarkson Cup title, becoming the first player to win the Clarkson Cup with two different teams. In 2010–11 season, Chu was one of the top-5 leading scorers, racking up 35 points, 5 goals and 30 assists in only 19 games.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2007–08 she was an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota Duluth and helped the Bulldogs women's ice hockey team win their fourth NCAA Division I national championship. In the 2010–2011 hockey season, she joined the Union College women's hockey coaching staff, serving as assistant coach. She stepped down after the 2012–2013 season to focus full-time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Accomplishments & Notes[edit]

Media/National Publicity Biography[edit]

Endorsement Campaigns[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season 
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPts
1999US Under −22 TeamNat-Tm3000
2000US Under-22 TeamNat-Tm3000
2000US Four Nations Cup TeamNat-Tm4213
2000–01US Women's National TeamNat-Tm33171835
2001US World Championship TeamNat-Tm5178
2000–01US Visa Skate to Salt Lake TeamNat-Tm29111829
2002US Under −22 TeamNat-Tm3022
2002United States Olympic Team – Salt Lake CityNat-Tm5224
2002–03Harvard University CrimsonNCAA34425193
2003US Four Nations TeamNat-Tm4011
2003US Under −22 TeamNat-Tm3011
2003–04Harvard University CrimsonNCAA32154156
2004US Four Nations TeamNat-Tm4022
2004US World Championship TeamNat-Tm4112
2004–05Harvard University CrimsonNCAA33135669
2005US Four Nations TeamNat-Tm4000
2005US World Championship TeamNat-Tm5246
2005–06US Hilton Family Skate Team to 2006Nat-Tm13257
2006US Four Nations TeamNat-Tm4011
2006United States Olympic Team – TorinoNat-Tm5055
2006–07Harvard University CrimsonNCAA30184866
2007US Four Nations TeamNat-Tm4011
2007US World Championship TeamNat-Tm5033
2007–08Minnesota WhitecapsWWHL6347
2008US World Championship TeamNat-Tm5077
2008–09Minnesota WhitecapsWWHL9268
2010United States Olympic Team – VancouverNat-Tm5246
2010–11Montreal StarsCWHL1652732
2011US Four Nations TeamNat-Tm4101
2011US Twelve Nations Invitational Series TeamNat-Tm6246
2011US World Championship TeamNat-Tm5167
2011–12Montreal StarsCWHL1551015
2012–13Montreal StarsCWHL14279
2014United States Olympic Team – SochiNat-Tm5011
NCAA totals12988196284
WWHL totals1851015
CWHL totals48124759
Team USA totals1554084124

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