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Montreal, QC (Dec. 5, 2018) –– Caroline Ouellette and Danièle Sauvageau will act as associate coaches for the remainder of the 2018-19 CWHL season, with Ouellette leading the team and Sauvageau acting as a mentor coach.
Forming the organization’s first all-female bench staff since 2009, Ouellette and Sauvageau will team up with current assistant coaches Valérie Bois and Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux for the 2018-19 campaign. The appointment will see Sauvageau act as a coaching mentor, with the veteran leader stepping in as bench boss when Ouellette is absent due to her calendar of previous commitments. Former NHLer Sébastien Bordeleau will also join the organization as a skills coach.
“I’m honoured to be a part of the organization in this new role, and have always had an interest in coaching with Les Canadiennes after my playing career,” stated Ouellette.
Ouellette brings with her a decorated resumé both in coaching, and as a player. A current assistant coach within Canada’s National women’s team program, Ouellette most recently coached at the 2018 Four Nations Cup. She’s also an assistant coach with the Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team, and founder of the Caroline Ouellette Girls Hockey Celebration, an all-girls hockey tournament that takes place in December.
A long-standing pillar of Canada’s national hockey team and a committed champion of the CWHL, the recently-retired player is both an accomplished athlete and highly respected ambassador. With four Olympic gold medals, six IIHF World Women’s Championships and four Clarkson Cups to her name — not to mention league MVP twice (2009 and 2011)—the Montreal-born athlete is a natural heir to Les Canadiennes’ head coaching role.
“It’s a privilege to play for an organization that has won four Clarkson Cups and our goal is to continue this tradition of excellence,” adds Ouellette.
Sauvageau joins Les Canadiennes as one of the most experienced leader-mentors in female hockey. An Olympic coach, Sauvageau went on to found the Université de Montréal Carabins women’s hockey program. Under her stewardship, the Carabins became a successful U Sports team, winning two National championships in nine years. Adding to her more than 35 years of coaching and mentorship experience, Sauvageau spent 33 years working with the Montreal police department and the RCMP.
“Serving the game has been my life,” said Sauvageau, who was involved with the Ferland 4 Glaces team, a precursor to the Wing/star/s/Les Canadiennes franchise. “In many ways, this role with Les Canadiennes is like coming home. I hope to share my experience in the game, and to mentor the coaches and players, as well as continue to shape the professional development of our sport.”
Bordeleau spent eight seasons in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild and Phoenix Coyotes. He consulted with the Montreal Canadiens for five seasons and currently serves as a certified skills consultant with Hockey Canada’s women’s program.
“With these dynamic new coaching appointments, the plan is to adopt a creative and collaborative approach to advancing our organization’s ongoing mission to provide a leading environment for the top female players to grow and excel, and a support network that can continually challenge the horizons of our sport,” said General Manager, Meg Hewings.
The team is focused on closing out 2018 on a high note as they travel to China to face the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays on Dec. 12, 14, and 15, before breaking for the holidays.
About the CWHL
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.
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