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
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 147 lb (67 kg; 10 st 7 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
Played for Harvard (20022007)
Minnesota Whitecaps (2007–2010)
Montreal Stars (2010–present)
National team  United States
Playing career 1999–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.

  • 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2013 World Champion
  • 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012 Silver Medalist

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]

  • 2014 US Olympic Team Flag Bearer - Closing Ceremonies
  • 2014 Competed in her 4th Olympic Games for the United States (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014)
  • 2010 Clarkson Cup Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • 2007–08 Assistant coach of the University of Minnesota-Duluth women's ice hockey team, which won its fourth NCAA national championship that season. At the end of the 2007–08 season, Chu stepped down to concentrate on the US National Team program and prepare for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
  • 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award winner (equivalent to the Heisman Trophy for NCAA women's ice hockey)[7]
  • 2007 Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Award – Awarded by USA Hockey[8]
  • 2005 USCHO.com Defensive Forward of the Year [9]
  • Four-time All American at Harvard
  • Four-time finalist for Patty Kazmaier Award
  • All-time NCAA scoring leader (284 points in four seasons)
  • All-time NCAA assist leader (197 points in four seasons)
  • Three-time All American
  • Three-time NCAA Frozen Four finalist
  • Four-time USA Hockey Girls national champion (Connecticut Polar Bears)

Media/National Publicity Biography[edit]

Endorsement Campaigns[edit]

  • Procter & Gamble / Bounty - 2014
  • BP - 2014
  • Ralph Lauren - 2014
  • Citi - 2014
  • Highmark Insurance / Blue Cross Blue Shield - 2014
  • Easton Hockey - 2009 to present
  • Upper Deck Trading Cards - 2010 and 2014
  • Panini Trading Cards - 2014
  • Procter & Gamble / Crest - 2010
  • Nike - 2010
  • Sega / Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games - 2010

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season  
Season Team League GP G A Pts
1999 US Under −22 Team Nat-Tm 3 0 0 0
2000 US Under-22 Team Nat-Tm 3 0 0 0
2000 US Four Nations Cup Team Nat-Tm 4 2 1 3
2000–01 US Women's National Team Nat-Tm 33 17 18 35
2001 US World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 1 7 8
2000–01 US Visa Skate to Salt Lake Team Nat-Tm 29 11 18 29
2002 US Under −22 Team Nat-Tm 3 0 2 2
2002 United States Olympic Team – Salt Lake City Nat-Tm 5 2 2 4
2002–03 Harvard University Crimson NCAA 34 42 51 93
2003 US Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 0 1 1
2003 US Under −22 Team Nat-Tm 3 0 1 1
2003–04 Harvard University Crimson NCAA 32 15 41 56
2004 US Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 0 2 2
2004 US World Championship Team Nat-Tm 4 1 1 2
2004–05 Harvard University Crimson NCAA 33 13 56 69
2005 US Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 0 0 0
2005 US World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 2 4 6
2005–06 US Hilton Family Skate Team to 2006 Nat-Tm 13 2 5 7
2006 US Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 0 1 1
2006 United States Olympic Team – Torino Nat-Tm 5 0 5 5
2006–07 Harvard University Crimson NCAA 30 18 48 66
2007 US Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 0 1 1
2007 US World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 0 3 3
2007–08 Minnesota Whitecaps WWHL 6 3 4 7
2008 US World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 0 7 7
2008–09 Minnesota Whitecaps WWHL 9 2 6 8
2010 United States Olympic Team – Vancouver Nat-Tm 5 2 4 6
2010–11 Montreal Stars CWHL 16 5 27 32
2011 US Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 1 0 1
2011 US Twelve Nations Invitational Series Team Nat-Tm 6 2 4 6
2011 US World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 1 6 7
2011–12 Montreal Stars CWHL 15 5 10 15
2012–13 Montreal Stars CWHL 14 2 7 9
2014 United States Olympic Team – Sochi Nat-Tm 5 0 1 1
NCAA totals 129 88 196 284
WWHL totals 18 5 10 15
CWHL totals 48 12 47 59
Team USA totals 155 40 84 124

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