The Toronto Furies must be thrilled to add former CWHL and NWHL player Sommer West to their coaching staff for the upcoming 2012-13 CWHL season. Her experience will be of great benefit to the Furies players as they attempt to make it back to the Clarkson Cup Final in 2013.
At 34 years of age Sommer West has decided it is time to hang up her skates and pursue coaching in the CWHL. To that discipline she brings with her an extensive amount of experience in Women’s Ice Hockey. She was a member of the U18 and U22 Canadian National Teams in 1998. As well in 1998 and 1999 she was a member of the Senior Canadian Women’s National team for the Four Nation’s Cup in both years.
She began her career in the now defunct National Women’s Hockey League in 1996 at the age of eighteen. She won the NWHL Championship four times over her time playing in the NWHL, ending in 2007 with the folding of the league. For the 2005-06 season she was the top goal scorer and point producer in the league, breaking Jana Harrigan’s three year run as the leading scorer in the league. That season she was also named the MVP of the NWHL.
West was selected 10th overall in the 2011 CWHL Draft and played last season with the now folded Burlington Barracudas. There she was the leading scorer with six goals, 11 assists, and a plus 13 rating in 23 games.
West is also a multi-sport athlete as she earned a silver medal with the Canadian Women’s Softball Team at the 1999 Pan-Am Games and was a member of Team Canada’s Softball entry at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
She is a valued addition to the Toronto Furies coaching staff. The Furies have made some good additions to their roster and with the quality of GTA players in the upcoming 2012 CWHL Draft they will only get better. They have put themselves in a good position to challenge the Montreal Stars for league supremacy this year.