Original article on the CWHL website here.
Montreal, QC (Mar. 7, 2019) –– The 2018-19 season for Les Canadiennes has been a journey of change and growth for the team. In early September, it was announced that they would play games at Place Bell, they became the first CWHL team to sweep all three games in China and earned a 12th berth in the Clarkson Cup playoffs in as many years. Finishing 2nd in the CWHL with a 21-6-0-1 record, Les Canadiennes head into the playoffs looking to once again make it to the Clarkson Cup Final.
Over the summer, Les Canadiennes added some significant depth to their roster with the re-signing of Hilary Knight and the acquisition of Jill Saulnier and Geneviève Lacasse. Team Captain Marie-Philip Poulin, Lauriane Rougeau and Olympic MVP Mélodie Daoust returned from the PyeongChang Olympics and the team added talent from the 2018 draft including Genevieve Bannon, Taylor Willard, Catherine Daoust, Marie-Joëlle Allard, Emma Martin, Maude Nicol and Maude Gélinas.
With the departure of Head Coach Dany Brunet, Les Canadiennes named the first all-female bench led by associate coaches Caroline Ouellette and Danièle Sauvageau, and assistant coaches Valérie Bois and Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux. Ouellette and Sauvageau led Les Canadiennes to a 15-4 record before the All-Star break putting the team in a good playoff position. Seven players were invited to Toronto for the CWHL All-Star game including Marie-Philip Poulin, Jill Saulnier, Emerance Maschmeyer, Erin Ambrose, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Hilary Knight and Lauriane Rougeau.
Since the break, Les Canadiennes have gone 6-3 and clinched their spot in the playoffs in mid-February. The team will be facing the 2018 Clarkson Cup Champions the Markham Thunder, a team they are very familiar with after losing the playoff series to them in 2018. Les Canadiennes look for revenge starting March 8th with Game 1 being held at Place Bell and Game 2 and 3 (if necessary) at Complexe Bell Sportif.
Fans can buy tickets to watch as Les Canadiennes welcome the Thunder by visiting www.thecwhl.com/playoff-tickets. Game two will be streamed live on Saturday at 6:00 PM EST and can be found at www.thecwhl.com/watch