Julie Chu has had a prolific career with the U.S. National Team. Since joining the team in 2001, she’s appeared in four Olympics and nine World Championships. Most recently, Chu won silver with the National Team in Sochi and was selected to be America’s flag bearer in the Closing Ceremony.
While playing for Harvard, Chu set the NCAA all-time scoring record, later broken by Meghan Agosta. She still holds the record for career assists. In her final year, she won the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the top women’s hockey player in the NCAA.
Chu is also the only player to win three consecutive Clarkson Cups. She first won the Cup with the Minnesota WhiteCaps of the Western Women’s Hockey League in 2010 before winning twice more with the Montreal Stars in 2011 and 2012.
Chu is an incredibly versatile player. She split time between forward and defence with the team last season and can play on both the penalty kill and power play.
In this clip, Chu intercepts a pass at the blue line, walks around the defender, and finds a teammate wide open in front of the net. She’s more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer and her pass-first mentality is evident here.
In the second clip, Chu does a nifty spin in the neutral zone, enters the zone with possession, catches the Boston Blades' defender flat-footed, and passes off to her teammate. As a defender, she picks her spots well, jumping up into the rush to create offensive opportunities without taking unnecessary risks.
Chu joined the coaching staff of the Concordia Stingers last season. This season, she'll be sharing head coach duties with Mike McGrath. She also has four years of assistant coaching experience at the NCAA level.
Last year was also her first year living in Montreal full-time and she's been brushing up on her French with Olympic speedskater Anastasia Bucsis.
Earlier this year, Chu spoke about being a role model for Asian American girls playing hockey:
Growing up, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. But after the 2002 Olympics, I was in Chicago working at a girls’ hockey camp for Cammi Granato, who was a national team captain at the time. And about halfway through the week, one of the moms (whose daughter was Asian American) came up to me. "I just have to tell you this story," she said. "My daughter just came up to me the other day and she goes, ‘Hey Mom, there’s someone else that looks like me, too.’"
That was when I first realized there’s something important about having role models with some connection beyond just being a female or just being a hockey player. And it made me realize that we’re still trying to break down walls. We’re still trying to break down images — whether they’re created by someone else or created by ourselves — of who should do this, or who shouldn’t. And that’s something I hope will continue to disappear. People used to say girls shouldn’t play hockey. Well, that’s starting to disappear. It’s the same thing with cultures or ethnicities and who should be doing what sport. Well, let people pursue what they’re passionate about — that’s how it should be.