Chu at the 2010 Academy Awards
March 13, 1982 |
New York City, NY, USA
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||147 lb (67 kg; 10 st 7 lb)|
|Played for||Harvard (2002–2007)
Minnesota Whitecaps (2007–2010)
Montreal Stars / Les Canadiennes (2010–present)
|National team||United States|
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 Les Canadiennes. 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.
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. Miriam is half Chinese and half Puerto Rican. 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. She deferred her acceptance into Harvard University until after the 2002 Winter Olympics. She graduated in 2007 with a concentration in psychology.
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. 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. 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.
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
As of May 8, 2015, Chu has not decided on whether or not she will return to international competition.
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.
Chu has also participated in both the inaugural (2014) and second (2015–16) annual CWHL All-Star Games.
She, along with Forward Natalie Spooner from the Toronto Furies, were voted captains for the second annual CWHL All-Star Game, taking place January 23, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. More than 33,000 votes were cast during the public voting period, with Chu leading the polls, receiving 34% of the votes and Spooner coming in second with 23% in the public poll, which ran Dec. 15-Jan. 15 at www.CWHL.ca. The event makes Chu the first non-Canadian and first visible-minority player to be named captain at a CWHL All-Star Game. Chu's Team Black went on to defeat Spooner's Team White by a score of 5-1.
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 and notes
- 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)
- 2007 Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Award – Awarded by USA Hockey
- 2005 USCHO.com Defensive Forward of the Year 
- 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
- Off The Podium.com Torino 2006 Screensaver
- February 13, 2006 People Magazine
- February 2006 Glamour Magazine
- US Anti-Doping Agency 2006 Campaign
- ESPN Magazine Body Issue, October 2011 edition
- 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
|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|
|2008||US World Championship Team||Nat-Tm||5||0||7||7|
|2010||United States Olympic Team – Vancouver||Nat-Tm||5||2||4||6|
|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|
|2014||United States Olympic Team – Sochi||Nat-Tm||5||0||1||1|
|Team USA totals||155||40||84||124|
- Julie Chu's NBCOlympics.com profile
- Vancouver welcomes the world
- Manic, Amanda (February 21, 2014). "Julie Chu Selected As Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer For 2014 U.S. Olympic Team". Team USA. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
- Conley, Mikaela (February 21, 2014). "Hockey player Julie Chu to be flag bearer in Olympic Closing Ceremony". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
- "Interview: Julie Chu on Her Olympic Hockey Journey and 'Breaking Down Walls'". Asia Society. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
- "Chu and Spooner to Captain All-Star Teams". thecwhl.com. Jan 19, 2016.
- "Team Black win 2016 CWHL All-Star Game | Canadian Women's Hockey League - Pointstreak Sites". www.cwhl.ca. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
- "Concordia coaching staff welcomes a winner". The Concordian. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
- "Annual Awards – Through the Years". USA Hockey. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
- U.S. Olympic Team bio
- NBCOlympics.com profile
- Julie Chu blogs from 09 Worlds
- Minnesota Whitecaps bio
- Montreal Stars bio
- Julie Chu Video produced by Makers: Women Who Make America