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Montreal, QC (December 13, 2017) – Les Canadiennes have acquired defence Erin Ambrose from the Toronto Furies in exchange for several top draft picks, announced General Manager, Meg Hewings.
“Erin Ambrose is an elite defence with tremendous skill and an offensive flair that will make Les Canadiennes a better team now, and into the future,” Hewings said. “All-star defence of her calibre are rare, and we’re thrilled to have her join the organization.”
A native of Keswick, Ontario, Ambrose was the second-round pick (7th overall) for the Toronto Furies in the 2016 CWHL Draft, and participated in the CWHL All-Star Game in her rookie season.
The 23-year-old defender made her Worlds debut with Hockey Canada last year, winning a silver medal, and was named to Canada’s centralization roster for the 2018 Olympic Games. Ambrose captured three medals (two gold, one silver) at the World U18 Championships, and a gold medal at the 2014 Four Nations Cup.
A brilliant product of Clarkson University, Ambrose recorded 137 points (33 goals, 104 assists) in 132 career games with the Golden Knights, and helped her team win a Frozen Four NCAA Championship as a sophomore. That same year, she picked up 50 points in 37 games and led all defenders in points. She was a finalist for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Best Defenseman award, named to the ECAC First All-American team and nominated for her first Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, making the top ten.
As the ECAC Rookie of the Year, Erin led all ECAC blue-liners with 36 points, earning her a spot among the conference’s top 10 scorers. The following year, she tallied 49 points (14 goals, 35 assists) in 37 games to lead all defenders once more. She became an assistant captain in 2014-15.
Ambrose will make her debut on the blue line with Les Canadiennes this weekend against the Markham Thunder, Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Bell Sports Complexe in Brossard.
“Thank you to the Toronto Furies for everything during my first year in the CWHL,” Ambrose said. “I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to join a first-class organization like Montreal. Being here in a new city with a new team is an exciting time for me, and I can’t wait to get things started.”
About the CWHL
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally run women’s hockey league in the world. A not-for-profit organization, the league is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, while providing a place for the best female hockey players in North America to train and compete. Affordably priced, all CWHL games showcase speed, finesse and skill. Since its inception in 2007, the CWHL has supported all teams in their season of home/away games, as well as charity and exhibition games in the community. Each season has culminated in an exciting playoff tournament where the top teams play-off for the Clarkson Cup, the equivalent of the Stanley Cup in women’s hockey.
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