Sarah Nurse

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Sarah Nurse
Born (1995-01-04) January 4, 1995 (age 25)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 148 lb (67 kg; 10 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
CWHL 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 for the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women's Hockey League and a member of the Canada women's national ice hockey team. 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.

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 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.[2]

Wisconsin Badgers[edit]

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 a hat trick, becoming the first player in program history to score a hat trick against Minnesota.[3]


After competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Nurse was drafted second overall by the Toronto Furies in the 2018 CWHL Draft.[4] On October 17, 2018, a Furies match at MasterCard Centre versus the visiting Shenzhen KRS 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.[5]


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 Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship.

At the 2015 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.[6]

Nurse participated for Team Canada in the 2020 NHL All-Star Elite Women's 3-on-3 competition that was part of the skills competition.

2018 Winter Olympics[edit]

Nurse was selected to compete for Team Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.[7][8] She helped Team Canada take home a silver medal in a shootout against the United States.[9]

Career stats[edit]

Hockey Canada[edit]

Year Event GP G A PTS PIM
2013 National Under-18 5 1 1 2 0
2014–17 National Women's Development Team 21 7 12 19 0


2009–10 4 1 0 1 4
2010–11 36 18 13 31 12
2011–12 31 21 16 37 21
2012–13 35 36 20 56 26


2013–14 38 11 10 21 2 2 1 3
2014–15 37 15 10 25 14 4 0 5
2015–16 36 25 13 38 10 4 3 5
2016–17 38 25 28 53 18 0 2 2


Awards and honours[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Her cousins are professional hockey player Darnell Nurse and basketball player Kia Nurse.[11] Her uncles were also involved in athletics; her uncle Donovan McNabb played pro football in the NFL as a quarterback and her other uncle, Richard Nurse, was a wide receiver for the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[7]


  1. ^ "Canada's National Women's Team roster named for 2015 4 Nations Cup". October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ La Rose, Jason (August 28, 2018). "IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN". Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Game Summary: October 17- Toronto Furies vs Shenzhen KRS Rays 3–1". CWHL. October 17, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Canada at Finland – 2015 Tournament". January 3, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "ATHLETE PROFILE – SARAH NURSE". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Sarah Nurse Career Stats". USCHO. n.d. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  11. ^ Wendy Graves (August 13, 2015). "Nurse looks to add to family's success". Retrieved October 19, 2015.

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