By Darryl G. Smart
Elaine Chuli is quietly putting together another great season for the Toronto Six, and in the process, being honoured for her work in the Premier Hockey Federation team’s crease.
The 27-year-old from Waterford not only leads the PHF in goals against average and wins, she was recently named the PHF Player of the Month for December.
During December, Chuli won all four of her starts, recording two shutout victories and a miniscule 0.50 GAA and .979 save percentage. The University of Connecticut graduate became just the fourth goaltender in PHF history to earn consecutive shutouts when she blanked the Metropolitan Riveters 3-0 on Dec. 12 and the Minnesota Whitecaps 4-0 on Dec. 18, for a total shutout streak of 157:32 minutes. During that time, Chuli turned aside 92 of the 94 shots faced across a pair of weekend doubleheaders against the Metropolitan Riveters and Minnesota Whitecaps.
The 27-year-old from Waterford, Ontario holds a perfect 7-0 record so far this season for the first place Six with a goals-against-average of 1.14 that leads all PHF netminders and a save percentage of .952 that ranks second. So far in her PHF career, Chuli has just one career regular-season loss to date and carries an all-time record of 11-1.
Chuli was also rewarded for her hard work, as was Burford’s Emma Woods, by being two of the 30 players selected to play in the 2022 PHF All-Star Showcase on Saturday, January 29 in Toronto. The group consists of three goaltenders, 12 defenders, and 15 forwards who are awarded the opportunity following a vote by PHF coaches and general managers representing all six member teams.
“Each of these players are standouts through the first half of the PHF season and most deserving of All-Star distinctions and the honor to compete on this stage,” said PHF Commissioner Tyler Tumminia. “It’s been a joy sharing this news with the athletes because everyone is so proud and humbled by the recognition, and also very excited to be part of this special event.”
The 30 selections are a blend of PHF veterans along with new and rising talents.
Woods also plays for the Toronto Six. The 26-year-old forward is one of the team’s assistant captains and has three goals and two assists in nine games.