Hockey Canada Release || Roster
CALGARY, Alberta -- UConn women's hockey goaltender Elaine Chuli is one of 52 prospects named a candidate for the Canada National Women's Development Team roster, Hockey Canada announced last week. Chuli will attend the National Women's Program strength and conditioning camp, taking place May 6-10 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) is one five student-athletes from a Hockey East institution to receive an invite to the summer strength and conditioning program, and the lone league goaltender. According to Hockey Canada, "Players selected for this camp are in consideration for the Canadian teams that will compete in three-game series against the United States this summer, as well as at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship and 2016 Nations Cup, and with Canada's National Women's Team."
"I am very excited to head to camp to compete for a spot on that team," Chuli said. "It has been a dream of mine for a long time. I am very grateful for a great coaching and training staff and amazing teammates here at UConn that help me get better every day."
The UConn junior and the program's all-time saves leader (2,495) was named a Hockey East Honorable Mention All Star for the second-straight season at the conclusion of 2014-15. This past season she finished 8-12-5 with a 2.92 GAA and a .924 save percentage, placing third in Hockey East and 14th nationally in save percentage. Chuli was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week six times in 2014-15 and has received the honor nine times in her career. She is also a two-time WHEA Goaltender of the Month, picking up the award in January 2014 and February 2015.
"It's a great day for UConn women's hockey when any member of the program is rewarded for their efforts," head coach Chris MacKenzie said. "All of us are proud of Elaine as she strives to reach the highest level of our sport. She earned this opportunity through hard work, perseverance and great performance."
The 5'7 netminder holds five of the six highest single-game save totals in program history, eclipsing 50 saves on five separate occasions in 2014-15. Chuli tied a program record with 55 saves in a win over Vermont on Jan. 10 and had a spectacular run through the 2015 WHEA Tournament, turning aside 122-of-126 shots for a tournament-best .968 save percentage. Her 122 saves over the course of the tournament were the second-most all-time and her 51 saves in the semifinals vs. No. 1 Boston College marked the second-most in any semifinal in tournament history.
"We had a great run at the end of the season which got us to the Hockey East Championship weekend. We came up a little short against BC but I am so proud of the team and am really looking forward to next season," Chuli added.
Chuli's invitation to the camp is not her first international experience. She backstopped Team Canada U-18 to gold at the 2012 IIHF World Championships and was a member of Team Ontario Red at the 2011 U-18 National Championships.