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LES CANADIENNES COMPLETE PERFECT TRIP IN CHINA

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Shenzhen, CN (Dec. 15, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes overcame two one-goal deficits to defeat the KRS Vanke Rays 6-3 at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on Saturday with goals from Marie-Philip Poulin (2), Ann-Sophie Bettez, Sarah Lefort, Erin Ambrose and Katia Clement-Heydra.

Les Canadiennes are the first CWHL team to complete a perfect series sweep in China. They conclude 2018 with five consecutive victories that dates back to Dec. 1.

Les Canadiennes capitalized on an early powerplay opportunity when Baiwei Yu was sent to the penalty box for hooking. Poulin defeated netminder Kimberly Newell to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. The Rays’ Emma Woods tied the game soon after on a powerplay as well. Hanna Bunton then took advantage  of a defensive scramble in Les Canadiennes’ zone to gain their first lead of the three-game series.

Montreal was down a goal halfway through the second period before Bettez tipped in Ambrose’s shot from the point to equalize the scoreboard. Soon after, Alex Carpenter buried a loose puck past Emerance Maschmeyer to make it 3-2. However, it was a short lived lead. After winning the faceoff in the Rays’ zone, Ambrose unleashed a powerful one-timer from the point to score Les Canadiennes’ third goal of the game. Poulin then found herself on a breakaway and scored the game-winning-goal with less than a minute left in the middle frame. 

In a controversial call, the Rays’ were given a penalty shot near the halfway mark of the third period. Carpenter went one-on-one with Maschmeyer who made a solid glove save and maintained Montreal’s one-goal lead. Clement-Heydra found the back of the net with a precise shot in the corner to make it 5-3. Lefort scored the final goal of the game, potting a rebound past Newell.

Three stars: 1. Marie-Philip Poulin (2 G)  2. Emerance Maschmeyer  3. Hanna Bunton (1 G, 1 A)

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/749

Les Canadiennes will break for the holidays before playing their first two games of the new year against the Toronto Furies on January 5th at 12:30pm and January 6th at 1:30pm. The first matchup will be featured on Sportsnet as part of the network’s first ever CWHL Weekend.

Sunday’s game will be the team’s annual You Can Play game, an organization that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports , including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. Prior to the game, fans can indulge in fun activities to support this initiative 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

Media

Team practices will resume in January. For interview requests and additional information, please contact  [email protected]

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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. 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

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

LES CANADIENNES EARN 5-1 WIN OVER KRS VANKE RAYS

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SHENZHEN, CN (Dec. 14, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes soared to a 5-1 victory against the KRS Vanke Rays on Friday at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre.

Ann-Sophie Bettez found the back of the net twice, while Katia Clement-Heydra, Kim Deschênes and Marie-Philip Poulin also added goals.

Les Canadiennes struck early in the opening period. Rushing into the offensive zone, Poulin deked defence Emma Woods and dropped a pass to Bettez who unleashed a one-timer to defeat netminder Noora Räty.

Soon after, Clement-Heydra received a nifty pass from Geneviève Bannon on a two-on-two and backhanded the puck past the Finnish netminder to double the team’s tally. Les Canadiennes gained a 3-0 lead as Bettez took advantage of a defensive scramble to score her second goal of the game, her fifth goal in China this trip. Towards the end of the period, Baiwei Yu scored her team’s sole goal off a slapshot on a powerplay.

Les Canadiennes took advantage of their powerplay when Poulin released a powerful snipe past the halfway mark of the game to restore Montreal’s three-goal lead. Nearing the end of the second period, Deschênes used Baiwei Yu as a screen to defeat Räty top-shelf and scored Les Canadiennes final goal of the game. Räty was replaced by rookie netminder Kimberly Newell for the remainder of the game.

Three stars: 1. Marie-Philip Poulin (1 G, 1 A)  2. Ann-Sophie Bettez (2 G)  3. Emerance Maschmeyer

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/748

Les Canadiennes will conclude their trip in China on Saturday when they face the KRS Vanke Rays for their third and final game at 2:30pm (CST) and will be live streamed on the Rays’ Twitter page.

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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. 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

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

BETTEZ’ HAT TRICK STINGS KRS VANKE RAYS

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Shenzhen, CN (Dec. 12, 2018) –– Ann-Sophie Bettez scored a hat trick to lead Les Canadiennes past the KRS Vanke Rays 4-1 at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on Wednesday.

Associate coach Danièle Sauvageau earned her first victory behind the Montreal bench.

After a scoreless first period, Les Canadiennes’ sustained pressure in the offensive zone paid off. Past the halfway mark of the game, Montreal was on the penalty kill but that didn’t stop them from scoring. Marie-Philip Poulin found herself on a 3-on-1 with defense Melanie Desrochers and Bettez. Eyeing the net, Poulin dropped the puck behind for Bettez who potted her first goal of the game. A few minutes later, on a 5-on-3 powerplay, Poulin sniped the puck past netminder Noora Räty to give Les Canadiennes a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Montreal’s offensive surge carried into the third period. On another odd-man rush, Jillian Saulnier, who returned to the lineup after being sidelined with a hand injury, briefly lost then regained control of the puck and passed it to Bettez who backhanded it past Räty. Hanna Bunton scored the Rays’ lone goal on a powerplay nearing the end of the game. The Rays pulled their goalie for an extra forward on another powerplay but Bettez netted her third goal for the hat trick.

Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer turned away 28 shots while Räty made 23 saves.

Three stars: 1. Ann-Sophie Bettez (3 G, 1 A) 2. Marie-Philip Poulin (1 G, 2 A) 3. Hanna Bunton (1 G)

Game Summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/746

Les Canadiennes and the Rays are back in action on Friday, Dec. 14, for game two of their three-game series in China. The matchup will be broadcast on the CWHL Live Stream here.

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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. 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

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

LES CANADIENNES SET TO FACE KRS VANKE RAYS FOR THREE-GAME SERIES

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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

Media

Team practices will resume in January. For interview requests and additional information, please contact [email protected].

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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. 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

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

CAROLINE OUELLETTE AND DANIÈLE SAUVAGEAU TO LEAD LES CANADIENNES

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Montreal, QC (Dec. 5, 2018) –– Caroline Ouellette and Danièle Sauvageau will act as associate coaches for the remainder of the 2018-19 CWHL season, with Ouellette leading the team and Sauvageau acting as a mentor coach.

Forming the organization’s first all-female bench staff since 2009, Ouellette and Sauvageau will team up with current assistant coaches Valérie Bois and Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux for the 2018-19 campaign. The appointment will see Sauvageau act as a coaching mentor, with the veteran leader stepping in as bench boss when Ouellette is absent due to her calendar of previous commitments. Former NHLer Sébastien Bordeleau will also join the organization as a skills coach.

“I’m honoured to be a part of the organization in this new role, and have always had an interest in coaching with Les Canadiennes after my playing career,” stated Ouellette.

Ouellette brings with her a decorated resumé both in coaching, and as a player. A current assistant coach within Canada’s National women’s team program, Ouellette most recently coached at the 2018 Four Nations Cup. She’s also an assistant coach with the Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team, and founder of the Caroline Ouellette Girls Hockey Celebration, an all-girls hockey tournament that takes place in December.

A long-standing pillar of Canada’s national hockey team and a committed champion of the CWHL, the recently-retired player is both an accomplished athlete and highly respected ambassador. With four Olympic gold medals, six IIHF World Women’s Championships and four Clarkson Cups to her name — not to mention league MVP twice (2009 and 2011)—the Montreal-born athlete is a natural heir to Les Canadiennes’ head coaching role.

“It’s a privilege to play for an organization that has won four Clarkson Cups and our goal is to continue this tradition of excellence,” adds Ouellette.

Sauvageau joins Les Canadiennes as one of the most experienced leader-mentors in female hockey. An Olympic coach, Sauvageau went on to found the Université de Montréal Carabins women’s hockey program. Under her stewardship, the Carabins became a successful U Sports team, winning two National championships in nine years. Adding to her more than 35 years of coaching and mentorship experience, Sauvageau spent 33 years working with the Montreal police department and the RCMP.

“Serving the game has been my life,” said Sauvageau, who was involved with the Ferland 4 Glaces team, a precursor to the Wing/star/s/Les Canadiennes franchise. “In many ways, this role with Les Canadiennes is like coming home. I hope to share my experience in the game, and to mentor the coaches and players, as well as continue to shape the professional development of our sport.”

Bordeleau spent eight seasons in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild and Phoenix Coyotes. He consulted with the Montreal Canadiens for five seasons and currently serves as a certified skills consultant with Hockey Canada’s women’s program.

“With these dynamic new coaching appointments, the plan is to adopt a creative and collaborative approach to advancing our organization’s ongoing mission to provide a leading environment for the top female players to grow and excel, and a support network that can continually challenge the horizons of our sport,” said General Manager, Meg Hewings.

The team is focused on closing out 2018 on a high note as they travel to China to face the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays on Dec. 12, 14, and 15, before breaking for the holidays.

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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. 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

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

LES CANADIENNES TRIUMPH OVER BLADES THIS WEEKEND

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Montreal, QC (Dec. 2, 2018) ­­–– Les Canadiennes de Montréal scored a combined 13 goals in two games to triumph over the Worcester Blades 6-1 on Saturday in front of a sold out crowd and 7-0 on Sunday on the community ice rink at Place Bell.

Nine different players scored for Les Canadiennes, including captain Marie-Philip Poulin (3 G), Karell Emard (2 G), Maude Gelinas (2 G), Lauriane Rougeau (1 G), Erin Ambrose (1 G), Sarah Lefort (2 G), Kim Deschênes (1) and Ann-Sophie Bettez (1 G). Ambrose is currently the top-scoring defense in the league with 16 points, while Poulin (20 points) and Bettez (18 points) round out the top two scorers.

On Sunday, Bettez, who recorded four points (1 G, 3 A), moved into third place in the same category, surpassing interim CWHL commissioner and Hall-of-Famer Jayna Hefford. Poulin tied retired hockey player and Canadian Olympian Jennifer Botterill for fifth place in all-time scoring. Moreover, Kim Deschênes played her 100th game in the CWHL.

Emerance Maschmeyer and  Marie-Soleil Deschênes earned starts this weekend. The latter recorded her second shutout of the season. Les Canadiennes fired 55 shots and 46 shots on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Saturday’s game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/739

Sunday’s game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/740

Les Canadiennes will prepare for their trip to China to face the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays on Dec. 12, 14, and 15. The game on Dec. 14th will be broadcast on the CWHL live stream. The team will practice this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30pm to 10pm at Michel Normandin Arena (Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard). For interview requests, please contact [email protected]

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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. 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

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

LES CANADIENNES HOST WORCESTER BLADES AT HOME

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Montreal, QC (Nov. 29, 2018) –– After six games on the road, Les Canadiennes de Montréal (10 GP: 7-3-0) return home to host the Worcester Blades (11 GP: 0-11-0) for their two final home games of 2018 on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6:30pm and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1pm on the community ice rink at Place Bell.

Saturday’s contest is nearly sold-out and will be broadcast on the CWHL Live Stream here.

Les Canadiennes, third in the CWHL with 14 points, will be looking to return to the path of victory after dropping two games against the Calgary Inferno last weekend. Montreal has defeated the Blades on the road twice this season. Four Les Canadiennes players are among the CWHL’s top 10 scorers, including captain Marie-Philip Poulin (1st), Ann-Sophie Bettez (2nd), Mélodie Daoust (4th) and Erin Ambrose (6th).

Caroline Ouellette returns behind the bench this weekend.

Although last weekend’s match-ups against Calgary proved to be exciting and challenging contests, the team sustained several injuries to the forward ranks: Daoust  was sidelined with a knee injury late in the third period and will be out for at least six to nine weeks, while Katia Clement-Heydra is off for at least a week with an upper body injury. Jillian Saulnier remains sidelined with a hand injury, while Geneviève Lacasse remains week-to-week after sustaining a lower body injury in the summer.

On Sunday, the team will host a Hot Stove event in collaboration with the Grindstone Foundation, featuring a panel with former Les Canadiennes players Julie Chu and Cassandra Poudrier, addressing their careers in the CWHL, their contributions to women’s hockey and their current careers.

The panel begins at 11:15am in the mezzanine area near the community rink and is free for season ticket holders and individual game day ticket holders, Les Canadiennes alumni, and the media. Fans are encouraged to donate to the Grindstone Foundation, “a charity that enables young female players to participate and improve their skill development in the sport of hockey.”

Tickets to the game on Saturday, Dec. 1: https://bit.ly/2Kr49tR

Tickets to the game on Sunday, Dec. 2: https://bit.ly/2RcBgnq

Les Canadiennes will embark on their annual trip to China to face the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays, before the Christmas holidays, on Dec. 12, 14, and 15. The Dec. 14 game will be broadcast on the CWHL Live Stream.

MEDIA 

For accreditations to the weekend games against the Blades, please contact [email protected] before Friday, Nov. 30, at noon.

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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. 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

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

LES CANADIENNES LOSE WEEKEND CONTESTS AGAINST INFERNO

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Montreal, QC (Nov. 25 2018) –– Les Canadiennes (10 GP: 7-3-0) dropped the weekend matchups against the Calgary Inferno (10 GP: 9-1-0) 4-2 on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday.

With the victories, the Inferno are currently first in the CWHL with 18 points while Les Canadiennes remain third with 14 points.

Game 1: Les Canadiennes 2, Inferno 4

Les Canadiennes and the Inferno were off to a fiery start with several scoring chances coming both ways. Kaitlin Willoughby defeated Montreal goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer with a shot from the slot to give Calgary the lead 8:31 into the first period. Les Canadiennes tried countering with offensive pressure but the Inferno doubled their tally on the counter-attack a few minutes later with a goal from Rebecca Johnston. With 1:07 remaining in the opening frame, Brigette Lacquette scored off a rebound to give the Inferno a 3-0 lead.

Determined to overcome the three-goal deficit, Montreal scored two goals in the second period. Mélodie Daoust scored her seventh goal of the season in a wide open net. Less than five minutes later, Ann-Sophie Bettez defeated netminder Alex Rigsby top-shelf to reduce Calgary’s lead to one goal.

Johnston added her second goal of the night on the penalty kill with 44 seconds played in the third period to re-establish the Inferno’s two-goal lead. The Inferno captured a 4-2 victory over Les Canadiennes.

Three Stars: 1. Rebecca Johnston (2 G)  2. Kaitlin Willoughby (1 G) 3. Ann-Sophie Bettez (1 G, 1 A)

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/735

Archived broadcast: http://www.thecwhl.com/mtlcgy241118

Game 2: Les Canadiennes 2, Inferno 3

Less than 24 hours later, both teams were back in action at the Winsport Arena A. Les Canadiennes took a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Bettez and Marie-Philip Poulin. Maschmeyer was back in net for Montreal and made 13 saves in the opening frame.

The Inferno retaliated early in the second period. Halli Krzyzaniak scored a shorthanded goal and Zoe Hickel tied the game near the halfway mark. While both teams looked to be heading into overtime, the Inferno’s Blayre Turnbull scored the game winning goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game to give Calgary the victory.

Three stars: 1. Blayre Turnbull (1 G)  2. Zoe Hickel (1 G)  3. Emerance Maschmeyer (29 saves)

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/737

Les Canadiennes look to bounce back next weekend when they return home to face the Worcester Blades on Dec. 1, at 6:30pm and Dec. 2 at 1pm. Saturday’s game will be broadcast by the CWHL.

On Sunday, fans and media are invited to join the team’s Alumni Celebration festivities which includes a hot stove panel featuring Cassandra Poudrier and Julie Chu. The panel, in collaboration with the Grindstone Foundation, will address their CWHL careers, their impact on women’s hockey and their new careers. The event begins at 11:15 in the mezzanine area at Place Bell’s community rink. It is free for season ticket holders, alumni, and those who purchased tickets to the Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 games.

Fans are encouraged to donate to the Grindstone Foundation, which helps “young female players participate and improve their skill development in hockey.”

These will be Montreal’s final home games of 2018 before the team embarks on a trip to China to face the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays.

Tickets to Dec. 1: https://bit.ly/2Kr49tR

Tickets to Dec. 2: https://bit.ly/2RcBgnq

Media

Practice schedule:

Nov. 29: Place Bell, 8pm-9:30pm (closed to public)

Dec.  4-6: Michel Normandin Arena, 8:30pm-10pm (open to public)

For interview and accreditation requests, please contact [email protected].

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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. 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

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]

DANY BRUNET RESIGNS AS LES CANADIENNES HEAD COACH

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Montreal, QC (Nov. 24, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes de Montréal announced that head coach Dany Brunet will be stepping down from his coaching duties with the team for personal reasons. He resigned this week.

Les Canadiennes plan to name an interim head coach shortly. Caroline Ouellette will take over head coaching duties for the two games against the Calgary Inferno this weekend.

Brunet was an integral part of Les Canadiennes’ winning culture. With over 30 years of coaching experience at various levels of hockey, he joined the team in 2013-14. He led Les Canadiennes to three Clarkson Cup final appearances and to a memorable championship victory in 2017. In 131 regular season games, he maintained a stellar 100-25-2-4 record and guided the team to three Chairman’s Trophies.

Brunet became the most successful coach in the CWHL last season. He was tied for second place for playoff wins with eight. He captured his 100th victory against the Worcester Blades on Nov. 18, 2018. He was named the CWHL Coach of the Year in 2015.

« I want to sincerely thank Dany for his many years of service to Les Canadiennes. Dany was the first head coach I hired and the journey together proved to be an adventure. Our goal from the start was to lay the building blocks for Les Canadiennes to thrive, and Dany contributed tremendously to the organisation’s rapid development during his tenure, providing a professional structure to our hockey program, sharing his knowledge with our athletes and establishing our youth programs. The organisation wishes him all the best in his future projects, » said Meg Hewings, General Manager.

Les Canadiennes cannot be reached for comment on this matter this weekend.

The team turns its attention to two games against the Calgary Inferno this weekend on Nov. 24 at 7:30pm (MST) and Nov. 25 at 10:30am (MST) at the WinSport Arena A. Montreal is off to a strong start this season, tied for second place with the Inferno with 14 points (8 GP: 7-1-0) and only one point behind the first-placed Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays with five games in hand. Focused on extending their legacy as the most successful club in the league, Les Canadiennes will continue their quest for a fifth franchise Clarkson Cup.

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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. 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

Les Canadiennes de Montréal| CWHL

[email protected]

RED HOT SHOWDOWN: LES CANADIENNES VS. INFERNO

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Montreal, QC (Nov. 22, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes (8 GP: 7-1-0) will end their six-game road trip in Calgary, taking on the Inferno (8 GP: 7-1-0) on Nov. 24 at 7:30pm (MST) and Nov. 25 at 10:30am (MST) at WinSport Arena A.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the CWHL Live Stream here.

The matchup promises to be a sizzling showcase. Tied for second place in the CWHL with 14 points each, both teams are one point behind the first-placed Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays, who have played five more games.

Les Canadiennes opened the 2018-19 season against the Inferno on home ice and split the contests. Since then, Montreal has won six consecutive games and have five players (Marie-Philip Poulin, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Mélodie Daoust, Hilary Knight and Erin Ambrose) among the league’s top ten scorers. Sixteen different players have recorded at least one goal this season.

Meanwhile, the Inferno have also excelled, capturing seven victories in a row. Rebecca Johnston is among the league’s top ten scorers with 12 points in eight games. Six Inferno players close out the top 20 scorers in the league.

Both teams boast some of the best goaltenders in the CWHL. Montreal’s Emerance Maschmeyer has been excellent in the crease, holding off opponents with three shutouts in a row and maintaining the best GAA (0.72) and save percentage (0.963) in the league. Calgary’s Alex Rigsby and Annie Belanger have split the games this season and currently have the second and third best GAA and SV%, respectively.

Les Canadiennes will play their final home games of 2018 on Dec. 1 at 6:30pm and Dec. 2 at 1pm on the community ice rink at Place Bell against the Worcester Blades. Sunday’s match will be preceded by a pre-game panel discussion beginning at 11:15 am, featuring retired players Julie Chu and Cassandra Poudrier, who will talk about their careers in the CWHL, their contribution to growing professional women’s hockey and their new careers.

The event is in collaboration with the Grindstone Foundation. Fans are encouraged to donate to the foundation, which helps “young female players participate and improve their skill development in hockey.” The event is free to alumni, season ticket holders and Dec. 1-2 ticket holders and will take place at the community rink’s mezzanine. It is also open to the media.

Tickets to Dec. 1: https://bit.ly/2Kr49tR

Tickets to Dec. 2: https://bit.ly/2RcBgnq

Media

Here is the team’s practice schedule:

Nov. 27-29: Place Bell, 8pm-9:30pm (closed to public)

Dec. 4-6: Michel Normandin Arena, 8:30pm-10pm (open to public)

For interview requests and accreditation, please contact [email protected].

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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. 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

Les Canadiennes de Montréal|CWHL

[email protected]