Kori Cheverie a portrait of consistency for Toronto Furies

Epitomizing grace and class, Kori Cheverie is among one of the most valued members of the Toronto Furies. Bringing a solid presence and scoring consistency, her contributions this season were among the highlights for a club that endured its share of struggles.

A charter member of the Furies, Cheverie reached double-digit in points four seasons, highlighted by a career-high 24 points during their inaugural season. Her benchmark of 14 goals was scored in the following season. Having appeared in every playoff game in franchise history, Cheverie is one of the living linkages to the Furies early glory years.

With sporting interests that also extend to beach volleyball, soccer and ball hockey, Cheverie is a well-rounded athlete who has quietly carved an admirable sporting legacy. Cheverie also makes an impact as a skating specialist at Ryerson University, helping to profoundly shape their Skate Training and Hockey Development Program. Working with many players from Lisa Haley’s Ryerson Rams women’s ice hockey squad, her strong knowledge of the game and friendly demeanor have inspired some players from the Rams to pursue their ambitions of professional hockey by registering for the CWHL Draft.

During the 2015-16 Furies season, Cheverie tied alternate captain and rising star Alyssa Baldin for second on team in scoring with 18 points. Of note, she also ranked second in goals and tied with rookie sensation Emily Fulton third in assists. Cheverie would also tie Carolyne Prevost (who also dabbles in CrossFit) in power play goals with three, the highest in one season for her since the 2011-12 campaign.

Among a rare group of Maritimers to have won the Clarkson Cup, hoisting the coveted prize in 2014, Cheverie is among the franchise’s leader in games played (152) and is also the all-time leading scorer, with an incredible 82 points (although Natalie Spooner is close behind with 71 points). As the following season will likely see Cheverie eclipse the 100-point mark, it shall be a fitting milestone in such a distinguished career.

Before coming to the Toronto Furies in their inaugural campaign, Cheverie had assembled an impressive body of work in her home province of Nova Scotia. Raised in New Glasgow, she would suit up for the provincial team in three Esso Women’s Nationals (2005, 2007, and 2008). In addition, she would make her mark with the St. Mary’s Huskies. The first (and only) player in the history of the Atlantic University Sports (AUS) Conference to win three consecutive Marion Hilliard Awards, she would also make an impression in the classroom, where she was an Academic All-Canadian.

Of note, Cheverie is also assembling an impressive body of work on the ball hockey court. With several other women that have graced CWHL ice, Cheverie was part of a roster that competed at the Hockey Night in Canada Play On! Street Hockey Tournament. In addition, she was joined by fellow CWHL star Liz Knox (a goaltender for the Brampton Thunder) and Harvard hockey legend Nicole Corriero with Team Italia at the 2015 ISBHF Women’s Worlds. Although Italia did not enjoy a podium finish, Cheverie was one of the team’s leading scorers, an extension of her international hockey career.

While Furies players such as Natalie Spooner are current members of the Canadian national women’s ice hockey team, a unique fact is that Cheverie also enjoyed that privilege. Among a group of CIS All-Stars that represented Canada in women’s ice hockey at the Winter Universiade, Cheverie would contribute towards a gold medal performance.

Among the season highlights for the Furies in 2015-16, Cheverie played a prominent role, experiencing a pair of career milestones herself. From the outset, Cheverie became the first player in franchise history to reach 80 career points with the club. In addition, she would score the first two game winning goals of her career. Subsequently, she would pace all Furies in this category.

Coincidentally, both game-winning goals occurred in back-to-back games against the Boston Blades. The first game-winner was scored in a February 6 contest which saw the Furies prevail by a 5-0 tally. Of note, Cheverie had logged the game’s first goal. Earning the assists on this landmark goal for Cheverie were the likes of Spooner and Baldin.

The February 7 match involved more flair. In a 5-2 outcome that saw the blue and white pepper Amanda Cariddi with 54 shots, Cheverie scored at the 9:55 mark of the second period as the assists were credited to Spooner and Michelle Bonello.

Complementing such jubilation was the fact that Cheverie would experience the thrill of playing in a regular season game broadcast on national television in partnership with the You Can Play foundation.

Although she would wait until the fifth game of the season to log her first point, she would log at least one point in 12 of the last 20 games of the season. During this stretch, she would assemble a pair of scoring streaks. The first took place from December 5 to December 20, as she logged six points on the strength of four assists in four straight games, which resulted in the Furies enjoying a 3-1-0 mark, including a win against the eventual Clarkson Cup champion Calgary Inferno. In addition, she would close out her sixth Furies season with a three-game streak, compiling five points as the Furies enjoyed a 2-1-0 mark, the one loss taking place in a shootout against archrival Brampton.

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