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Julie Chu, Jessica Wong, Jessica Koizumi, Asian North American born hockey players of the CWHL

Julie Chu is an Asian American professional hockey player. She’s achieved many great feats in women’s hockey (just check out her Wikipedia page) including having won multiple medals in International hockey and the Olympics. I had no idea that she’s been playing for Montreal Stars of the CWHL since 2010. CWHL hockey players are not paid and like other players Julie has a full time job and sacrifices a lot to also play hockey. Although I had heard of Julie Chu years back, Mister Vee recently introduced me to the Montreal Stars and I have gone to a couple of games with him. The first game I saw was not looking good in the first two periods but then the 3rd period got crazy halfway through. The Stars were down by 3 goals and pulled their goalie with like 10 minutes left. They managed to tie the game with Julie Chu assisting of the first two goals then scoring the tying goal herself on a nice feed from Caroline Ouellet. It eventually went to a long shootout that the Stars won.

The second game I saw, the Stars were not so fortunate and they lost to a Calgary team that seemed much faster (or maybe the Stars were just really sluggish). I guess with all those helmets on, I did not notice that Calgary had a Chinese Canadian hockey player named Jessica Wong (hailing from Baddeck, Nova Scotia) who was drafted first overall in 2013 and has had success at international tournaments. She plays defense and is doing well on a very high scoring Calgary team.

While looking through the CWHL website, I also noticed another Asian American player named Jessica Koizumi who plays forward for the Boston Blades but apparently also played for the Montreal Stars in the past. She is the first player to reach 50 career points for the Boston team.

The next Montreal Stars home game is Saturday February 21 and it is also their annual Breast Cancer fundraising game so go out there and support them!

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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