Caroline 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.
ASSOCIATE COACH / MENTOR
Danièle 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.
Valérie Bois joins Les Canadiennes de Montréal as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2018-19 CWHL season. Valérie has a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience in the female game. She has coached at all levels with Hockey Quebec, and was the Head Coach of the Cégep Saint-Laurent Patriotes last season. Valérie brings with her a winning pedigree, having won the Esso Cup at the Midget AAA level with the Territoire du Nord (2012-13), the Dodge Cup at the Midget AAA level (2013-14) and at the Collegiate AA level as an assistant coach with the Saint-Laurent Patriotes (2014-15). She was a finalist at the U18 men’s Canadian Championship (2016-17).
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.
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.
Sébastien 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.
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.
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.
Over the past 10 years, Eric has played the role of statistician, video coach and assistant coach at the Bantam AA, Midget Espoir and Midget AAA and Junior AAA levels. He’s had the chance to work with organisations that have won the Dodge Cup, the Jimmy Ferrari Cup and has appeared twice at the Telus Cup. Dedicated to women’s hockey for the past 6 years, he was the coordinator of women’s hockey for Hockey Quebec and director of the Hockey Quebec U16 and U18 programs, winning gold with Team Quebec at the 2015 Canada games and silver at the Canadian championships in 2016. He has been a recruiter with Les Canadiennes since the 2017-18 season.
JEAN PIERRE TURCOTT
Jean-Pierre Turcott discovered his passion for hockey at the age of 15 years old and has since accumulated over 30 years of experience as an Equipment Manager at different levels of the game, including Midget AAA, Hockey Quebec, Hockey Canada and most recently with the Pheonix de Sherbrooke in the LHJMQ. He’s thrilled to share his experience with the Les Canadiennes’ organisation.
DR. STEPHANE BASTARACHE
Pearle Nerenber 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 Yew 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 Truong 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).