A veteran coach, Dany Brunet has over 30 years experience in hockey, including 4 years as the Head Coach of the Forestiers d’Amos Midget AAA, 6 years as an assistant in Midget AAA (Forestiers d’Amos, Lions du Lac St-Louis, Vikings de St-Eustache), 2 years as an Associate Coach with Team Quebec, Défi Mondial U17, U16, Canada Games, as a recruiter for the Pheonix de Sherbrooke in the LHJMQ and as a General manager with the Vaudreuil-Dorion Mustangs in the LHJQ. Brunet’s experience a technician, tactician, teacher has gained him an outstanding reputation in Québec hockey for developing players and programs. He joined Les Canadiennes in 2014-15 season, with the goal to win the Clarkson Cup and help Montreal develop a program of excellence for the top female hockey players in Québec. He also hopes to encourage the growth of the grassroots game through the club’s minor hockey programs.
Assistant Coach / Director of Player Development
Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux joined the Les Canadiennes’ coaching staff after eight seasons as a CWHL player, all with Montreal. A league co-founder and original team captain, Breton-Lebreux helped Les Canadiennes to a league-best three Clarkson Cups as a player, including the league’s first-ever back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. In 2013-14, the Saint-Zacharie, Que., native recorded her 100th career CWHL point and was the recipient of the prestigious Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award, presented annually by Hockey Canada to a leader and pioneer in women’s hockey. Breton-Lebreux previously spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the Concordia Stingers’ women’s hockey team and currently runs the strength and conditioning program for all of Concordia University’s varsity teams. Over the course of her illustrious hockey career, Breton-Lebreux appeared in five CWHL Clarkson Cup championship games, five Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) finals, nine Esso National Championships, and won a gold medal at the World Roller Hockey Championships in 2006.
Éric Bouchard is returning to Les Canadiennes after coaching during the 2014-15 season. He has 9 years of experience as a coach at all levels, and 10 years as a fitness trainer. He coached at the Junior AAA level, and with Hockey Quebec as part of their Male and female development programs and more recently at LHJMQ Gatorade challenge. A former player himself, and one of Quebec’s bright young coaching talents, Eric has a strong work ethic and professionalism and deep knowledge of the game. His goal is to help athletes to excel and achieve their full potential. He studied Kinesiology at UQAM and is thrilled to be back with the Les Canadiennes’ organization.
A stalwart leader and assistant captain during her 11-year tenure with Les Canadiennes club, Kelly Sudia holds a Bachelor’s degree in leisure sciences and works as an academic advisor at John Abbott College. She has acted as the operations manager, video coach and technical coach since her retirement , and is entering her fifth season as a member of the coaching staff and hockey operations team.
Steve Lortie has 10 years of experience in the Midget AAA league, with the Forestiers d’Amos, St-Eustache Vickings and the Val D’Or Foreurs of the LHJMQ. He is in his second season with Les Canadiennes, and enthusiastic about the possibilities in the women’s game.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Cory Kennedy has been a strength and conditioning coach in high performance sport for 10 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in Kinesiology and Physical Education, where he was also a 3-time captain on the football team.Cory received his Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He has supported athletes in a variety of Olympic and professional sports including Women’s hockey, diving, basketball, volleyball, fencing, judo, and others.
A recent graduate from Concordia University, Yacine is extremely passionate about all things hockey. Before joining Les Canadiennes this season, he served as the equipment manager for the Junior AAA St Leonard Arctic, and worked with the Terrebonne Cobras at both the Eastern Canada Fred Page Cup and the RBC Cup. Yacine volunteered at the 2015 and 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Junior Championships and in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and also has previous experience both as a Zamboni driver, and five years in hockey retail. Yacine takes pride in serving his players and makes sure they have everything they need to perform and succeed at the highest level.
DR. STEPHANE BASTARACHE
Pearle is a Registered Dietitian with a specialization in sports nutrition. She is the co-author of “The Nutrition Edge for Hockey Performance” and chairs the Hockey Nutrition Network (hockeynutritionnetwork.org). Pearle’s passions are both nutrition and hockey. Pearle feels at home consulting Les Canadiennes as she combines her own high level hockey experience with her in-depth knowledge of sports nutrition to guide the team’s nutrition strategies. You can learn more about Pearle from her personal website (pearlesportsnutrition.com).
Massage Therapist / Acupuncturist
Julie has been a sports massage therapist since 2012, helping elite athletes in a variety disciplines. She fell in love with women’s hockey after meeting Caroline Ouellette and Kim St Pierre, and has been working with female hockey olympians and Les Canadiennes ever since. In June 2014, she graduated in Acupuncture and has developed a practice that combines eastern and western medical philosophies and techniques.
Valérie is a Physiotherapist and Acupuncturist specialized in Sport Acupuncture for Professional Teams and Elite Athletes. She works with Les Canadiennes and the Montreal Royal, men’s professional Ultimate Frisbee Team. She is also actively involved in teaching and research in Acupuncture. Her passion is to help her clients reach their peak performance and state of well-being. You can learn more about Valérie from her personal website (acupuncturesportive.com).