Breaking down the Toronto Furies (and CWHL) Schedule

Natalie Spooner

Natalie Spooner takes the puck up ice for the Toronto Furies. Photo Credit: Chris Tanouye / CWHL

On July 7, the CWHL released both the 2016-17 schedule and their ten-year anniversary logo. In what is already promising to be an incredible season, the 2016-17 season is also seeing the return of many great CWHL events. These include the CWHL Draft (August 21), the Rinks to Links Golf Tournament (August 22), the CWHL All-Star Game (January 2017), and, of course, the Clarkson Cup (March 2017). Throughout the season, the CWHL will also be partnering with Start the Spark and You Can Play for a wide variety of community-based initiatives.

As part of the ten-year anniversary of the CWHL, each of the teams will be hosting a Heritage Game. The Heritage Games will serve to honour CWHL Alumni and those people who have contributed to the growth of their team, the league, and women’s hockey over the past ten years. Expect to see some big names playing alongside their current CWHL counterparts and mark these dates in your calendars:

October 15th, 2016 – Boston Blades @ Toronto Furies
November 19th, 2016 – Calgary Inferno @ Brampton Thunder
December 10th, 2016 – Calgary Inferno @ Les Canadiennes de Montreal
January 7th, 2016 – Les Canadiennes de Montreal @ Boston Blades
February 4th, 2016 – Boston Blades @ Calgary Inferno
A series of unique features will also run throughout the season on, providing a look inside ten years of the League’s history, the people that shaped it, the evolution of the league, and the women that are continuing to grow the game. “Not only will we have a chance to look back at the amazing stories and moments that make up the CWHL’s history so far and reflect on this incredible journey, but we will have the chance to look forward as we pave the way for the future of the women’s game and the CWHL.” said CWHL Commissioner, Brenda Andress.
The opening weekend gives reigning Clarkson Cup Champions, the Calgary Inferno, the weekend off, and instead they will host their opening night on October 22nd against the Brampton Thunder in a Cup rematch. The Toronto Furies first lace up their skates when they host the Boston Blades on October 15th in a rematch of last season’s opening night. On the same night, the Brampton Thunder hosts Les Canadiennes de Montreal in a Clarkson Cup semi-final rematch.
The Furies struggled last season, bowing out in the first round of the Clarkson Cup playoffs, and only going 6-16-2 on the season. But the Furies look to bounce back this season, utilising high-scoring forwards like Natalie Spooner (who rocked the CWHL with a record five-goal game in the 2015-16 season), Kori Cheverie, and Alyssa Baldin to their fullest.
If you’re looking for some highlight games to keep an eye out for this season, definitely check out these:

  • The home opener on October 15 against the Boston Blades – Despite their struggles last season, the Blades always bring their A-game against the Furies, and the atmosphere of a home opener is not to be missed.
  • The home-and-home GTA rivalry games between the Furies and the Brampton Thunder on October 29 (@ Toronto) and October 30 (@ Brampton) – The Battle of the GTA is always a fierce one and fans from both teams turn up to each game, bringing a raucous and fiery atmosphere.
  • The Furies take on reigning Clarkson Cup Champions, the Calgary Inferno on December 17 and 18 – Need I say more? This is a chance to see not only your Toronto Furies but also the Cup Champions.
See you all there!

Date Away Home
October 15 2016 Boston Toronto
October 22 2016 Toronto Montreal
October 23 2016 Toronto Montreal
October 29 2016 Brampton Toronto
October 30 2016 Toronto Brampton
November 12 2016 Toronto Calgary
November 13 2016 Toronto Calgary
November 19 2016 Montreal Toronto
November 20 2016 Montreal Toronto
December 3 2016 Toronto Brampton
December 4 2016 Toronto Brampton
December 10 2016 Boston Toronto
Decmeber 11 2016 Boston Toronto
December 17 2016 Calgary Toronto
December 18 2016 Calgary Toronto
January 14 2017 Brampton Toronto
January 15 2017 Toronto Brampton
January 28 2017 Toronto Boston
January 29 2017 Toronto Boston
February 4 2017 Toronto Montreal
February 5 2017 Toronto Montreal
February 11 2017 Calgary Toronto
February 12 2017 Calgary Toronto

  • Going to steal the first comment here just to put up a relevant PSA here.

    Katy will be covering the Toronto Furies for us this season (and as long as she wants beyond that, really). Expect regular posts on Team News, games, and league news that will have an impact on the team.

    Quite frankly, it was long overdue for us to start covering the team. This is a seventh-year organization in a tenth-year league. They are local to Toronto, currently playing out of Team Canada’s rink at the MasterCard Centre, the same facility where the Leafs and Marlies both practice and operate training camps.

    Whats’s more, the Leafs and Furies are in the midst of their fourth season of active partnership, which involves sponsorship, cross-promotion, merchandising, and more. For all intents and purposes, the Furies can and should be considered part of the Leafs’ organizational schema and we’ll be covering them as such.

    The Furies are a fun team to follow and just as fun watch in person. They (along with the rest of the CWHL) have past, present, and future Olympians on their roster and play their home games on International ice, which leads to a more wide open, stamina-based game. Tickets are extremely affordable as well; the last game I went to was $15 General Admission and 12-game season tickets are $150. It’s one of the best values you can get for hockey in this city, especially if you live on the southwest end.

    While we believe it makes (by far) the most sense to cover the Furies from the perspective of a team in the Leafs organization, we know that Womens Hockey content, for reasons I’ll never understand, runs the risk of ignorant feedback. As such, I’d like to stress that the same rules in the comments apply. Any sort of hateful and attacking posts made in the direction of writers or your fellow readers will result in an automatic IP ban. No exceptions.

    Obviously, we’ll also continue our coverage of the Leafs, Marlies, Solar Bears, and team-affiliated prospects. Ultimately, we just want to provide you with the most in-depth coverage of the organization that we can and Katy’s posts will bring us closer to that.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Gary Empey

    Can’t wait for games to start back up, and I’m really looking forward to getting to the All-Star game.

    Good to hear there’s going to be coverage here for the Furies.