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Montreal, QC (Sept. 16, 2018) – Les Canadiennes enter a season of change with the announcement of several retiring and departing players.
Defence Cathy Chartrand, Cassandra Poudrier, Laurence Beaulieu, and Natalie Barrette, veteran goaltender Catherine Herron, and forwards Noémie Marin, Emmanuelle Blais, and Kayla Tutino will retire from hockey.
“Today, we say a goodbye to some incredible players who have left an indelible mark on Les Canadiennes, and given heart and soul to their teammates and this organization,” said General Manager, Meg Hewings.
One of the team’s longest-standing leaders and an assistant captain, Marin’s CWHL career began in 2008 and was marked by four Clarkson Cups. The league’s reigning goals-leader, Marin garnered 272 points across the regular season and the playoffs.
Chartrand, who joined the league in 2012, was a defensive pillar with Les Canadiennes. Captaining the team for three years, she was named Defenceman of the Year in 2014 and 2018, and won the Clarkson Cup in 2017.
Blais wraps an eight-year, successful career in the CWHL marked by three Clarkson Cups (2011, 2012, 2017). She notched 154 points across the regular season and the playoffs.
After a career-ending injury last season, Poudrier announced her official retirement from hockey internally to the team late in the campaign. The Clarkson Cup champion registered 23 points (4 G, 19 A) in 42 regular season games and was named an assistant captain for the 2017-18 season.
Herron leaves hockey with a winning pedigree, having captured three Clarkson Cups (2009, 2012, 2017). She maintained a winning record (36 W, 12 L) during the regular season.
Tutino, a first overall draft pick in 2016, spent two seasons in the league, playing for the Boston Blades and Les Canadiennes. She participated in the 2016-17 All-Star Game.
Beaulieu will focus on her career outside of hockey, while Barrette, who also played one season with Les Canadiennes last year, was named an assistant coach at Windsor University, her alma mater.
Meanwhile, other players have decided to pursue their hockey careers elsewhere. French national captain Marion Allemoz will play for the SDHL’s Modo Hockey and Lore Baudrit joined Division 1’s IF Björklöven. Defence Nachi Fujimoto, who spent two seasons in the CWHL, will play with the Färjestad BK. Forward Erinn Noseworthy will pursue her career elsewhere.
Despite several retiring and departing players, Les Canadiennes are looking forward to kickstarting the 2018-19 season with training camp, which promises to be intense and competitive. The team quests after their fifth Clarkson Cup, and works to solidify their legacy as the winningest team in CWHL history.
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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