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Montreal, QC (September 20, 2018) – As the 2018-19 CWHL season gets underway, Les Canadiennes announced the return of key players who competed at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games for both Canada and the USA.
Leading an electrifying forward group, Marie-Philip Poulin will return to the lineup this season, while 2017 first-round pick Mélodie Daoust will make her league debut. The latter was named Olympic MVP and led Team Canada with 7 points (3 G, 4 A) in five games, while the former earned 6 points (3 G, 3 A) in the same amount of games.
American superstar Hilary Knight, who joined the team for the last game of the regular season and the playoffs, promises to add further firepower. Knight captured a gold medal in Pyeongchang with Team USA and recorded 3 points (2 G, 1 A) in five games.
Les Canadiennes will count on defensive pillar Lauriane Rougeau to anchor the blue line. Rougeau dressed for the team’s last two regular season games and playoffs last year after playing for Team Canada at the Olympics.
During the off-season, Montreal bolstered the ranks with the addition two Olympic medallists: speedy forward Jillian Saulnier and veteran goaltender Geneviève Lacasse, both acquired from the Calgary Inferno. Saulnier recorded 2 points (1 G, 1 A) in her first-ever Olympic Games last year with Team Canada, while her teammate Lacasse played one game and maintained a stellar .978 save percentage.
Along with Sarah Lefort, Erin Ambrose and Emerance Maschmeyer, Les Canadiennes can count on eight Canadian national team members.
Les Canadiennes’ training camp began on September 18th with medical and fitness testing. The camp will last ten days, concluding on September 28 and will take place at the Aréna du Rocket at Place Bell, the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, and Michel Normandin Arena at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.
Alongside Olympians and national team members, several rookies will hit the ice for camp, including two-time NCAA national champion with Clarkson University, Geneviève Bannon, and a cohort of exciting young defense: University of Minnesota-Duluth stalwart Catherine Daoust, University of Vermont’s former captain Taylor Willard, and Concordia University standout Marie-Joëlle Allard.
Ann-Sophie Bettez, a finalist for CWHL MVP last season, Katia Clement-Heydra, Karell Emard and Melanie Desrochers will be among the returning players.
Media are invited to attend training camp as of Sept. 20th and are required to submit their interview requests in advance.
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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