For immediate release
Montreal, QC (Dec. 11, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes (12 GP: 9-3-0) are in China for a three-game series against the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays (13 GP: 7-5-1) this Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30pm (CST), Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 pm (CST) and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30pm (CST) at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre.
Friday’s game will be broadcast on the CWHL Live Stream here.
Les Canadiennes are coming off two straight wins over the Worcester Blades and are looking to close 2018 on a high note before breaking for the holidays. Three players are currently among the CWHL’s top 10 in scoring, with captain Marie-Philip Poulin tied for first place with 20 points. Assistant captains Ann-Sophie Bettez (18 points) and Erin Ambrose (17 points) are third and fourth respectively. Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer continues to shine in the crease with the best GAA (1.31) and save percentage (0.939) in the league.
Due to injuries in the forward ranks, Les Canadiennes have called up Kayla Tutino from the extended roster. Tutino, a first-overall draft pick in 2016, played two seasons in the CWHL with the Blades and Les Canadiennes.
Danièle Sauvageau will be behind the bench for the team in China. Les Canadiennes announced last week that Sauvageau and Caroline Ouellette will be associate coaches for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
After an offseason merger between the two former Kunlun Red Star and Vanke Rays teams, the Chinese club sits fourth in the league with 15 points, three points behind the second-ranked Les Canadiennes. With top forwards Alex Carpenter, Cayley Mercer and Hanna Bunton and world-class netminder Noora Räty, along with promising rookies Hannah Miller and Leah Lum, the matchup will be an impressive showcase of skill and passionate hockey.
Les Canadiennes will break for the holidays following the series. They will be back in action in January on home ice, hosting the Toronto Furies on Jan. 5 at 12:30pm and Jan. 6 at 1:30pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Sportsnet and will be one of two games featured on the network as part of the first-ever CWHL weekend on Sportsnet. The following day, the team will play its annual You Can Play game, a non-profit organization that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. The game will also feature several fun activities, including a selfie competition and a silent auction fundraiser with unique collectible items.
Tickets to Jan. 5 (Sportsnet): https://bit.ly/2zQx9aa
Ticket to Jan.6 (You Can Play): https://bit.ly/2Ecu5rQ
Team practices will resume in January. For interview requests and additional information, please contact [email protected].
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
Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL