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Montreal, QC (October 2, 2018) – After a 10-day training camp, Les Canadiennes announced their official roster for the 2018-19 season.

The team’s opening weekend consists of two games against the Calgary Inferno at Place Bell on Saturday, October 13 at 6:30pm in a doubleheader with the Laval Rocket, and Sunday, October 14 at 1:00pm on the community ice at Place Bell.

The 24-player roster is made up of three goalies, eight defence and 13 forwards. Twelve veterans return to provide important leadership and mentor a talented rookie group. This season’s roster illustrates a depth of skill that will make for breathtaking hockey, showcasing the talents of nine players selected to national team camps, and some of the very best players in university hockey.

“A new era is about to begin with Les Canadiennes. Over the past few seasons we’ve recruited an influx of talent in every position in order to prepare for the retirement of key veterans and leaders. We hope to build on the team’s championship legacy, and work in concert with this group of athletes to expand the horizons of our sport,” said General Manager, Meg Hewings.

Led by returning Olympians Marie-Philip Poulin, Lauriane Rougeau, and newer players with plenty of international experience like Hilary Knight, Jillian Saulnier and the team’s 2017 top draft pick Mélodie Daoust, Les Canadiennes is stacked with spectacular talent. Sophisticated two-way players Poulin, Daoust and CWHL MVP Ann-Sophie Bettez will lead the charge, with dangerous fire power supplied by US forward and gold medal-winning Olympian Hilary Knight, and recently acquired speedster Jillian Saulnier. A trio of third-year talents will continue to galvanize the ranks, including the explosive Sarah Lefort, the charismatic playmaker Katia Clement-Heydra, and the crafty Karell Emard.

Adding depth and leadership are longstanding veteran and upright power forward Kim Deschênes, hard-working second-year grinder Tracy-Ann Lavigne, and newcomers: two-time NCAA Champion Geneviève Bannon (Clarkson), Olivia Atkinson (McGill), and Maude Gélinas (U. de Montreal).

Last season, the addition of Erin Ambrose on defence in a mid-season trade was key to stabilizing the team’s defensive core. In the off-season, Les Canadiennes looked to further deepen the defensive ranks, drafting new upstarts in the reliable University of Minnesota Duluth graduate Catherine Daoust, former captain of the University of Vermont Taylor Willard, and the talents of Concordia’s vibrant Marie-Joëlle Allard. The youthful trio have proven at camp that they can play key roles this season. Tenacious veteran defence Melanie Desrochers is expected to clock big minutes this season, backed by the experience of veteran Sophie Brault. The defensive ranks will be rounded out by UPEI’s former captain, the effervescent Emma Martin.

In nets, the dynamic duo of Emerance Maschmeyer and veteran goalie Geneviève Lacasse will be a solid final frontier for Les Canadiennes, backed by the talents of adroit netminder, Marie-Soleil Deschênes.

“We’re all excited to work with and develop this young cohort of defenders, and to welcome so many new and talented players to the team,” said Eric Hurtubise, Les Canadiennes’ head recruiter.

“The end to last season has motivated each of us to look for the solutions necessary to improve our program. Forming a team is always a process, but as we kick-start the 2018-19 season with many new faces, the focus will be on finding our chemistry,” said head coach Dany Brunet.

Media availability:

Thursday, Oct. 4, Les Canadiennes v. U. de Montréal Carabins, 7:00pm, CEPSUM.

Friday, Oct. 5, McGill Martlets v. Les Canadiennes, 7:30pm, Michel Normandin arena Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard (World Girls’ Hockey Weekend)

Please contact [email protected] to confirm your attendance in advance.

Ticket purchase links for Les Canadiennes 2018-19 season:

Individual season tickets here

Season tickets here

Tickets for the doubleheader with the Laval Rocket, followed by Les Canadiennes’ home opener here

Tickets for Les Canadiennes home opener only here

About the CWHL

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.


Media relations contact

Safia Ahmad

Media Relations Manager

Les Canadiennes

514-588-4903 | [email protected]