By Doug Williams
Special to USAHockey.com
Julie Chu didn’t have dreams of being an Olympian when she started playing hockey as a little girl in Connecticut.
Back then there was no such thing as women’s hockey in the Olympic Winter Games.
She wasn’t chasing a vision; she was just chasing the puck. Hockey was something fun to play, pure and simple.
“For me, I just kind of fell into the sport,” said Chu, who turned 30 last week. “And when I started playing, I loved it from the beginning.”
She had no idea the game would take her on the trip of a lifetime.
Today, Chu is a role model for girls all over the United States, a woman who has skated up the hockey ladder to heights she never imagined and opened doors along the way for others to follow.