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Montreal, QC (Sept. 26, 2018) –– Caroline Ouellette, a four-time Clarkson Cup Champion and four-time Olympic gold medallist, will join Les Canadiennes’ coaching staff as a technical coach this season, lending her experience and expertise to players during practices.
The same day as announcing her official retirement from playing, Ouellette was back on the ice with Les Canadiennes in her new role as a coach. A longstanding CWHL leader, Ouellette left an indelible mark on the professional game, winning four Clarkson Cups (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2017) and becoming the CWHL’s all-time points leader with 315 points and all-time assists leader with 184 assists.
After giving birth to her first child in 2017, Ouellette joined Les Canadiennes for the second half of the 2017-18 season, scoring her 131st career goal to surpass Jayna Hefford’s all-time goals record. The current goals record (132) was established by Ouellette’s teammate and good friend Noémie Marin last season. Ouellette recorded 44 points (16 G, 28 A) in 30 games in the playoffs.
Garnering several accolades throughout her career, Ouellette was named to the CWHL First All-Star Team five times, is a two-time CWHL MVP, and earned the CWHL’s Top Forward honours in 2011. She was the recipient of the Angela James Bowl –– awarded to the league’s leading scorer –– in 2011, and was named Clarkson Cup Championship MVP in 2012.
One of the driving forces behind the club’s annual Pink in the Rink game to benefit breast cancer in Quebec, Ouellette’s dedication to her community was recognized by the Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award in 2013, bestowed to a female athlete who exemplifies leadership and dedication on and off the ice. She founded the Caroline Ouellette Girls Hockey Celebration in 2014, providing young girls with a unique tournament to celebrate the sport, and selecting a Peewee All-Star Team to attend the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament.
Her achievements in the CWHL were matched by impressive success on the international stage. As a member of the Canadian Women’s National team since 1998, she captured four Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. She is also a six-time World Champion and won eight gold medals at the 4 Nations Cup.
Along with her coaching duties with Les Canadiennes, she will remain an assistant coach with the Concordia Stingers and the Canadian national program.
“Thanks to her singular passion, intensity, and drive, Caroline helped define the championship culture at the heart of Les Canadiennes. A monumental athlete, mentor, role model and champion of our sport, she has inspired the female game at all levels in Quebec, and throughout the world. We will miss her presence on the ice, but are thrilled that she will continue to have an impact on our athletes, and the club’s future, in this new role,” said General Manager, Meg Hewings.
The entire Les Canadiennes organisation would like to thank Caroline for her dedication to the game, and look forward to starting this new chapter of an ongoing collaboration.
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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