Sarah Nurse

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Sarah Nurse
Sarah Nurse (48778836852).jpg
Nurse in 2019
Born (1995-01-04) January 4, 1995 (age 26)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 148 lb (67 kg; 10 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
PWHPA team
Former teams
Toronto Furies
Wisconsin Badgers
National team  Canada
Playing career 2015–present

Sarah Nurse (born January 4, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player of the Canadian women's national ice hockey team and an independent member of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA). She made her debut with the national team at the 2015 4 Nations Cup.[1] In 2018, she represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics where she won a silver medal.

Nurse was drafted second overall by the Toronto Furies in the 2018 CWHL Draft. Along with Hanna Bunton and Brigette Lacquette, Nurse joined them on the cover (dated June 2021) of Elle Canada.[2]

Playing career[edit]


Nurse won a silver medal with Stoney Creek at the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) provincials. She also won a bronze medal in high school at the 2010 OFSSAA championships, and a silver at OFSSAA 2011. In 2010, she played with Team Heaney and reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 Ontario Winter Games.

During the 2010–11 Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL) season, she led the Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres in scoring. She was named to the OWHA All-Star Team for a game vs. Team Ontario Under-18. For the 2011–12 PWHL season, she was named an alternate captain with Stoney Creek. She helped the club win a bronze medal at the PWHL championships. She ranked second on the club in Stoney Creek scoring.

With the Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres of the PWHL, she broke the league record shared by Kelly Sabatine and Thea Imbrogno for most goals in a season. Breaking the mark in the 2012–13 season, Nurse scored 35 goals, highlighted by a hat-trick in the final game of the season.[3]

Wisconsin Badgers[edit]

Nurse played NCAA Division I ice hockey with the Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey program of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

In the championship game of the 2015 WCHA Final Faceoff, Nurse scored twice, including the game-winning goal against Bemidji State.

An 8–2 win on December 4, 2016, against the Badgers’ archrivals, the Minnesota Golden Gophers provided Nurse with a career milestone. Playing in front of a sellout crowd at LaBahn Arena, Nurse scored three goals, becoming the first player in program history to score a hat-trick against Minnesota.[4]


After competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Nurse was drafted second overall by the Toronto Furies in the 2018 CWHL Draft.[5] On October 17, 2018, a Furies match at MasterCard Centre versus the visiting Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays saw Nurse score the first goal of her CWHL career. Breaking a 1–1 tie on the power play at the 8:54 mark of the third, said goal would also stand as the game-winning tally in a 3–1 final, which provided Shea Tiley with her first-ever goaltending win in league play.[6]


Skating for Team Sonnet (Toronto), Nurse participated in the 2021 Secret Cup, which was the Canadian leg of the 2020–21 PWHPA Dream Gap Tour. In a 4-2 championship game loss versus Team Bauer (Montreal), she logged a goal and an assist.[7]


Hockey Canada[edit]

Nurse was a member of Team Ontario Red that competed at the 2011 and 2012 National Women's Under-18 Championship, winning gold in 2011 and a bronze in 2012. She was a member of the Canadian team that captured gold at the 2013 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship.

At the 2015 4 Nations Cup, Nurse was a member of Canada's U22/Development Team, winning a gold medal. In a 4–1 win over Finland on January 3, 2015, she contributed two assists.[8]

Nurse participated for Team Canada in the Elite Women's 3-on-3 game at the Skills Competition of the 2020 National Hockey League All-Star Game.

2018 Winter Olympics[edit]

Nurse was selected to compete for Team Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.[9][10] She scored her first Olympic goal in a 2–1 victory over the United States on February 14.[11] She helped Team Canada take home a silver medal in a shootout against the United States.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres PWHL 4 1 1 4 1
2010–11 Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres PWHL 36 18 13 31 12 6 3 1 4
2011–12 Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres PWHL 30 21 16 37 21 8 3 2 5 4
2012–13 Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres PWHL 35 36 20 56 26 8 6 8 14 8
2013–14 University of Wisconsin WCHA 38 11 10 21 2
2014–15 University of Wisconsin WCHA 37 15 10 25 10
2015–16 University of Wisconsin WCHA 36 25 13 38 10
2016–17 University of Wisconsin WCHA 39 25 28 53 26
2018–19 Toronto Furies CWHL 26 14 12 26 16 3 1 1


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada U18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 5 1 0 1 0
2018 Canada OG 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 5 1 0 1 4
2019 Canada WC 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 7 2 6 8 2
Senior totals 12 4 6 10 6

Awards and honours[edit]


  • All-WCHA Rookie Team (2013-14)
  • 2015 WCHA Frozen Face-Off Most Outstanding Player
  • WCHA All-Tournament Team (2015)
  • All-WCHA Third Team (2015-16)
  • Second-Team All-American (2016-17)[13]
  • WCHA 20th Anniversary Team [14]

Personal life[edit]

Her cousins are professional hockey player Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers and basketball player Kia Nurse of the New York Liberty.[15] Her uncles were also involved in athletics; her uncle Donovan McNabb played pro football in the National Football League (NFL) as a quarterback and her other uncle, Richard Nurse, was a wide receiver for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[9]

Nurse, the biracial daughter of a Black father and a white mother, has spoken at length about racism in ice hockey.[16] When a student wore a costume depicting Barack Obama being lynched to a Badgers football game in 2016, Nurse posted a statement condemning not just the student, but a culture of racism in student athletics at the University of Wisconsin.[17][18] In the wake of the George Floyd protests in the summer of 2020, Nurse spoke with Caroline Cameron of SportsNet, urging Canadians not to separate themselves from the racism of the United States, citing the discrimination against Viola Desmond.[19] Nurse told The Canadian Press in November that her social media commentary on racial equality left her "flooded with interview requests".[20] In September 2020, Liz Knox resigned her position on the PWHPA board to allow Nurse to take her place, citing the association's "blind spot" with regards to race issues in ice hockey.[21]

In November 2020, Mattel and Tim Hortons collaborated on two limited-edition Barbie dolls based on Nurse and fellow hockey player Marie-Philip Poulin. The dolls were created as part of Barbie's You Can Be Anything program, which aims to inspire "girls to reach their limitless potential through imaginative play and engaging with meaningful role models."[22]


  1. ^ "Canada's National Women's Team roster named for 2015 4 Nations Cup". October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "Meet the Three Pro Hockey Players Covering the June Issue of ELLE Canada". May 12, 2021. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "Stoney Creek's Sarah Nurse sets PWHL Single Season Scoring Record | Provincial Women's Hockey League". Pointstreak Sites. February 24, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "Sunday statement: No. 1 Badgers blitz No. 2 Golden Gophers 8–2: Nurse nets hat trick as UW scores its most goals of the season". Wisconsin Badgers Athletics. December 4, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  5. ^ La Rose, Jason (August 28, 2018). "IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN". Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Game Summary: October 17- Toronto Furies vs Shenzhen KRS Rays 3–1". CWHL. October 17, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Team Bauer beats Team Sonnet to win Canadian leg of PWHPA Secret Dream Gap Tour". May 30, 2021. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  8. ^ "Canada at Finland – 2015 Tournament". January 3, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Spencer, Donna (February 12, 2018). "Sarah Nurse adds Olympic hockey to athletic family tree with spot on Canadian team". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "ATHLETE PROFILE – SARAH NURSE". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  11. ^ Walker, Teresa M. (February 15, 2018). "Sarah Nurse scores as Canadian women take first Olympic showdown against U.S. 2-1". Wisconsin State Journal. Associated Press. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  12. ^ Futterman, Matthew (February 22, 2018). "U.S. Beats Canada for First Women's Hockey Gold Since 1998". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  13. ^ "2017 All-American Teams". Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "WCHA 20TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM – SARAH NURSE, WISCONSIN: Former Badger great starred in the WCHA from 2013-14 to 2016-17". January 27, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  15. ^ Wendy Graves (August 13, 2015). "Nurse looks to add to family's success". Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  16. ^ Clark, Ryan S. (December 22, 2020). "'We knew we had to do better': Sarah Nurse, Barbie & the future of Canadian hockey". The Athletic. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  17. ^ Berkman, Seth (November 25, 2016). "Two Black Women Embrace Their Chance to Be Hockey Role Models". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  18. ^ Sarah Nurse [@nursey16] (November 8, 2016). "This is very important @UWMadison" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Ketko, Thomas (June 6, 2020). "Sarah Nurse urges fellow Canadiasn not to 'suppress our Black history'". SportsNet. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  20. ^ Spencer, Donna (October 1, 2020). "Canadian women's hockey team forward Sarah Nurse ready for change". The Canadian Press. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  21. ^ Kaplan, Emily (September 2, 2020). "Women's hockey players' association adds Sarah Nurse to board to fix 'blind spot'". Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  22. ^ Milton, Steve (November 20, 2020). "Tim Hortons selling Barbie Dolls of Hamilton's Sarah Nurse and national women's hockey teammate Marie-Philip Poulin". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved March 16, 2021.

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