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Montreal, QC (September 20, 2018) — Les Canadiennes announced today that the CWHL club will call Laval’s new Place Bell home for the 2018-19 season. Starting this fall, the state-of-the-art facility will host Les Canadiennes’ training sessions, as well as the majority of their home games.
For their opening weekend, Les Canadiennes will play the Calgary Inferno on October 13th, 6:30 pm, in the Aréna du Rocket as part of an exciting double-header with the Laval Rocket, who will play the Binghamton Devils at 3:00pm. Les Canadiennes will play a second game on Place Bell’s Community Rink on Sunday, October 14th, at 1:00pm.
Les Canadiennes’ superstar Marie-Philip Poulin and latest acquisitions, Geneviève Lacasse and Jillian Saulnier will be on-site at Place Bell on Thursday, September 20 at 5:00pm to meet with media in advance of the team’s selection camp, which begins later that evening at 8:00pm. This season, the team’s powerhouse roster will feature nine national team members, including six Olympic medallists.
Les Canadiennes will be housed with a locker room and access to facilities at Place Bell, and will play several games on the La Cité Community Rink. The team will hold weekly training sessions in the Aréna du Rocket, and will play on the Laval Rocket’s home rink on February 23, 2019 and on the community surface the following day for their final home game of the regular season.
“Women’s hockey has experienced exponential growth in recent years, both at the amateur level as well as at the professional level, and we are thrilled to contribute to Les Canadiennes’ quest to grow women’s hockey and to develop the world’s very best female hockey players. With nine national team athletes on its roster, and many more in the making, Les Canadiennes are part of the world’s hockey elite, and Place Bell will provide them with the training ground they need, and the public stage they deserve,” said Mark Weightman, Vice-President of Development and Operations of Place Bell and the Laval Rocket.
“It’s with both enthusiasm and pride that we welcome Les Canadiennes to the two ice surfaces at Place Bell. The facility is a convivial gathering place, and we’re confident that Les Canadiennes players will enjoy playing in their new home and sharing their passion for the game with spectators. Our elite infrastructure provides the perfect stage for this calibre of hockey,” said Christiane Hémond, the General Manager of La Cité de la culture et du sport de Laval.
“This is excellent news to position Laval at the national and international level. What’s more, the players are great role models for our young local athletes that train and compete at a high level, and will become more accessible now that they are based here in Laval,” said Marc Demers, Mayor of Laval.
“We are excited to play at Place Bell this season, a beautiful new facility. I’m happy to be back with Les Canadiennes and have another opportunity to bring home the Clarkson Cup to Montreal,” said star forward Marie-Philip Poulin.
“We’re thrilled to house our hockey program at Place Bell, to play in front of new fans and to grow our ties to the local hockey community in Laval. The Rocket, La Cité de la culture et du sport de Laval and minor youth hockey in the region worked together this summer to welcome Les Canadiennes to Laval, and everyone’s enthusiasm and spirit of collaboration has been contagious. This is a new era for Les Canadiennes, and we have a dream team ready to shine on the big stage,” said Les Canadiennes’ General Manager, Meg Hewings.
Les Canadiennes de Montréal
Montréal has a rich tradition of hockey success and Les Canadiennes are one of the world’s best female clubs. The first organized women’s hockey game was played in Montréal and Les Canadiennes’ club existed back in the 1930s, one of the first women’s French Canadian hockey teams in Québec. The club’s name change to Les Canadiennes de Montréal (formerly Les Stars de Montréal) dates to 2015. The CWHL was founded in 2007.
Winners of four Clarkson Cups (2009, 2011, 2012, 2017) and the winningest record in the CWHL, Les Canadiennes are renowned for their thrilling team that consists of Olympic athletes, hopefuls in the Canadian National team’s program, as well as former college and university stars. Five Les Canadiennes players are Olympic Gold Medallists, including Marie-Philip Poulin, Mélodie Daoust, Lauriane Rougeau, Geneviève Lacasse, and Hilary Knight.
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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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