After announcing two powerhouse trades that included the acquisition of goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer from the Calgary Inferno last week, Les Canadiennes added even more skill and depth to the club’s line-up at the 2017 CWHL Draft on Sunday, with ten new players drafted to the team. The 2017 CWHL Draft was held in front of a packed amphitheatre, as the league’s two new expansion teams selected their rosters: the Kunlun Red Star and Vanke Rays, both based in Shenzhen, China.
Led by first round draft pick (4th overall) McGill University captain and Olympian Mélodie Daoust, Les Canadiennes selected five forwards, two defencemen, and three goalies. They include Windsor University’s Natalie Barrette (D) and Erinn Noseworthy (F); Tracy-Ann Lavigne (F) from Concordia and Laurence Beaulieu (D) and Lore Beaudrit (F) from the Université de Montréal; University of Ottawa’s Emilie Bouchard (G) and Cindy Laurin (F); UPEI’s Marie-Soleil Deschênes (G) and Shayna Dominique (G) out of Suny Canton.
“It’s exciting to welcome so many exceptional players to Les Canadiennes again this season,” general manager Meg Hewings said. “Melodie Daoust is a dynamic forward, Laurence Beaulieu is a physical stay-at-home defenceman, while Barrette adds vision and an offensive touch to the blue line.”
Daoust joins the organization following a successful university career at McGill. The Valleyfield, Que., native won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, and is currently centralized with the Canadian National Women’s program.
“It’s an honour for me to be drafted by such an incredible team and organization. I can’t wait to wear a Les Canadiennes jersey and I am looking forward to representing the team on and off the ice,” said Daoust.
A two-time USports national champion, Beaulieu joins the team after captaining the Université de Montréal Carabins over the past two seasons.
“It was truly a unique experience to attend the CWHL Draft. I feel both privileged and proud to join this league, and am thrilled to have been selected by Les Canadiennes de Montréal. I can’t wait to step onto the ice,” said Beaulieu.