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LES CANADIENNES VISIT THE BLADES THIS WEEKEND

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Montreal, QC (Feb. 15, 2019) ––– Les Canadiennes de Montréal will visit the Worcester Blades for the last time this season on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:40pm and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 12:30pm at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Centre.

Les Canadiennes are currently second in the league with 37 points, four points behind the first-placed Calgary Inferno, with a game in hand. The Blades sit last in the league and have yet to win a game this season.

With several players participating in the Canada-USA Rivalry Series, Les Canadiennes will rely on veteran players such as Karell Emard, Sarah Lefort, Katia Clement-Heydra and Lauriane Rougeau, as well their group of talented rookies, to lead the team in this series. Forward Mélodie Daoust, who has been out of the lineup with an injury since a series with Calgary in late November, is also expected to make her return to the lineup in Worcester.

With rookie Olivia Atkinson sustaining an injury last week, the organization has also called up veteran forwards Kayla Tutino and an all-time CWHL points leader, Emmanuelle Blais, from the club’s extended roster, announced General Manager Meg Hewings.

Goaltender Marie-Soleil Deschênes will be searching for her fourth career shutout for Les Canadiennes in net, while goalie Maude Nicol will be on backup duty for the series.

Les Canadiennes will return to Montreal next weekend for their final two games of the regular season against the defending Clarkson Cup Champions, the Markham Thunder, for what could be a potential first-round playoff preview.

The teams will square off on Saturday, Feb. 23 for Les Canadiennes’ ninth annual Pink in the Rink Game in support of the MUHC’s Breast Clinic. The game is part of a double-header with the Laval Rocket, who take on the Manitoba Moose at 3pm. Les Canadiennes have already raised over $ 100 000 for breast cancer in Quebec in eight editions, and over $ 20 000 last season. Along with a silent auction featuring collectible women’s hockey items, including game-worn and signed pink jerseys, the team will celebrate a few breast cancer survivors during a red carpet ceremony preceding the game.

On Sunday, Les Canadiennes conclude their 2018-19 season at 12:30pm at Place Bell’s Community Ice Rink and celebrate Fan Appreciation Day. The game will be held in collaboration with Toe2Toe, a non-profit organization that collects socks for the homeless population of Montreal. Fans are encouraged to bring socks or make monetary donations for a great cause.

For tickets to Saturday, Feb. 23, Pink in the Rink Game: https://bit.ly/2SMrJaW

* Fans can purchase tickets for Les Canadiennes game only, or purchase tickets to the Rocket’s game and gain free entrance to Les Canadiennes game.

For tickets to Sunday, Feb. 24 game, click here: https://bit.ly/2TMHFaj

MEDIA

Here is the practice schedule for the remainder of February:

Feb. 19: 8:00-9:30pm, Place Bell (closed to the public)

Feb. 21: 8:00-9:30pm, Place Bell (closed to the public)

Feb. 26: 8:00-9:30pm, Place Bell (closed to the public)

Feb. 27: 8:00-9:30pm, Place Bell (closed to the public)

For interview requests, game accreditation, or any other media inquiries, 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

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Marie-Philip Poulin’s Agent

Emilie Castonguay

NHLPA Certified Agent and Director of Legal Affairs

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CONVINCING WIN FOR LES CANADIENNES OVER THE FURIES

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Montreal, QC (February 10, 2019) ­­­­­–– Les Canadiennes came out on top winning 4-1 against the Toronto Furies Saturday afternoon at the Centre Étienne Desmarteau as part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.

Les Canadiennes have triumphed for fifth and final time this season over the Furies.

The day began early when assistant captain Mélodie Daoust surprised youth players at the Coupe Montréal tournament with a visit – and Jillian Saulnier and Toronto’s Renata Fast were featured live on Sportsnet as part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. The Clarkson Cup also made an appearance at the centre as part of the day’s festivities.

The afternoon tilt  featured goals from Ann-Sophie Bettez, Marie-Philip Poulin, Kim Deschênes and Karell Emard. Natalie Spooner scored the lone goal for the Furies. 

With only 3:27 played in the first period, Les Canadiennes opened scoring with a sneaky goal by Bettez assisted by Poulin and Saulnier. The Furies responded by picking up the pace but couldn’t find the back of the net. Goalie Emerance Maschmeyer remained collected in her crease and was helped by Lauriane Rougeau who made several important defensive plays, including a thrilling dive to block a slap shot.

The second period featured strong passing sequences from both teams. With the clock winding down in the second frame, Poulin skated the puck up the ice and scored an unassisted, top-shelf goal.

The third period saw equal opportunities from both sides. An interference penalty against Les Canadiennes led to a short-handed goal by Deschênes, whose shot from the blue line snuck past Furies goalies Elaine Chuli. The Furies retaliated and found the back of the net near the end of the game when Spooner, stationed in front of the net, scored a top-shelf goal assisted by Sarah Nurse. Emard quickly answered back with a goal off a rebound to help Les Canadiennes capture the 4-1 win.

“It was nice collective effort, with four different players adding goals, ” said associate coach Danièle Sauvageau. A victory against Toronto is always special, and a fun way to celebrate Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.”

Several Les Canadiennes players finished the day as special guests of the Montreal Canadiens, cheering on the Habs as they faced the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.

Three stars:  1. Ann-Sophie Bettez (1 G) 2. Lauriane Rougeau (2 A) 3. Natalie Spooner (1 G)

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/791

With four regular season games remaining, Les Canadiennes will face the Worcester Blades on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:30pm and Sunday, Feb. 17 a 12:30pm on the road.

MEDIA

The team practices on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb, 14 at Michel Normandin Arena at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard from 8:30pm to 10pm. For interviews or other media requests, 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.

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Media relations contact

Frédérique Rajotte and Safia Ahmad

Media Relations | Les Canadiennes de Montréal

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LES CANADIENNES AND FURIES FACE OFF FOR SCOTIABANK’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA

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Montreal, QC (Feb. 7, 2019) –– Les Canadiennes de Montréal and the Toronto Furies are set to square off this Saturday at 2pm at Étienne Desmarteau Arena.

The matchup will be part of Scotiabank’s Hockey Day in Canada and will feature several exciting activities for fans, including a photo opportunity with the Clarkson Cup, meet-and-greets and autographs with players, and giveaways.

This season, Les Canadiennes have dominated the Furies with four wins in as many games and have outscored their opponent by a margin of 17 to four goals.

With five games remaining in the regular season calendar, Les Canadiennes are second in the league with 35 points. The club has maintained an impressive record in their past 10 games, winning seven in that span. Marie-Philip Poulin, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Jill Saulnier and Erin Ambrose lead the team in points and are among the CWHL’s top 10 point-getters. Goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer holds the best GAA (1.50) and SV % (0.933) among her peers.

The Furies, who have a game in hand on Les Canadiennes, sit fifth with 18 points. Winning only four of their past 10 games, they will be looking to turn things around for the remainder of the season as the club is nine points behind the KRS Vanke Rays, who hold the final playoff spot. Natalie Spooner closes out the top 10 scorers as Sarah Nurse finds herself among the league’s top 20.

For tickets to Saturday’s tilt, click here.

MEDIA

Please confirm your attendance to the game by Friday,  Feb. 8 at 11pm.

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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]

FIERY MATCHUPS BETWEEN LES CANADIENNES AND THE INFERNO

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Montreal, QC (Feb. 3, 2019) ­––– After a weekend full of thrilling hockey, Les Canadiennes de Montréal and the Calgary Inferno split the contests, with the Inferno winning 5-4 on Saturday and Les Canadiennes taking Sunday’s game 3-0 at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

The Inferno remain first in the league with 37 points and Les Canadiennes maintain their second place position with 35 points.

With a goal on Saturday, Ann-Sophie Bettez sits second all-time for points in the CWHL, surpassing former teammate Noémie Marin.

Game No. 1: Inferno 5, Les Canadiennes 4

Both teams put on a show for the fans Saturday evening. The talent and skill between the clubs was not lost on fans with a flurry of breathtaking scoring chances and highlight-reel saves on both ends of the ice. Les Canadiennes got on the scoreboard first with Hilary Knight finding the back of the net on a powerplay. Less than two minutes later, Bettez doubled Montreal’s tally.

Special teams were crucial in this opening period. The Inferno capitalized on two powerplays with goals from Rebecca Leslie and Halli Krzyzaniak, while Brianna Decker scored a shorthanded goal to give Calgary a 3-2 lead.

Building off their momentum, the Inferno took a two-goal lead when Decker sent a backhand pass to captain Rebecca Johnston, who defeated netminder Geneviève Lacasse. Soon after, on a two-on-one, Jill Saulnier fed the puck over to Marie-Philip Poulin who deked goaltender Alex Rigsby and cut Calgary’s  lead by one goal before the end of the second period.

Les Canadiennes tried to tie the game in the final frame but Blayre Turnbull restored the Inferno’s two-goal lead with a powerful slapshot from the slot. Poulin found the back of the net once more but the Inferno escaped with a 5-4 victory.

“From a fans perspective, I think this was an incredible, exciting game,” said associate coach Caroline Ouellette. “With the intensity and the back-and-forth play, no one took a shift off. We still have to sharpen up some aspects of our defensive game but we’re already confident that we’re getting better.”

Three Stars: 1. Brianna Decker (1 G, 2 A)  2. Marie-Philip Poulin (2 G, 2 A) 3. Rebecca Johnston (1 G)

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/770

Game No. 2: Inferno 0, Les Canadiennes 3 

Motivated to avenge their loss from the previous night, Les Canadiennes came out of the gates flying, earning a powerplay early in the opening frame. Both teams played well defensively and goaltenders Alex Rigsby and Emerance Maschmeyer had to remain vigilant throughout the entire game, facing several deflected and screened shots. Les Canadiennes’ consistent pressure in the offensive zone paid off when Jill Saulnier scored the first goal of the afternoon with 52.9 left in the first period.

Les Canadiennes came out firing in the second period, with the first trio of Ann-Sophie Bettez, Marie-Philip Poulin and Jill Saulnier leading the offence. Poulin deked Rigsby and scored a beautiful goal off the backhand to double the team’s tally 33 seconds into the period. Les Canadiennes outshot the Inferno through two periods of play with a  29-17 advantage over their rivals.

Les Canadiennes managed to stifle the Inferno’s offence by shutting them down in the neutral zone and making good defensive plays. The Inferno pulled their goalie for an extra forward but Poulin found the empty net and Les Canadiennes earned a 3-0 victory.

“I think this weekend showed that we are two great teams on the ice,” said Ann-Sophie Bettez.  It was two of the best games I’ve played in the CWHL and it shows the growth of women’s hockey and it feels really good to have finished the weekend with a win.”

Three Stars:  1. Emerance Maschmeyer (24 saves)  2. Marie-Philip Poulin (2 G, 1 A) 3. Hilary Knight

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/773

Les Canadiennes will host the Toronto Furies on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2pm at Étienne Desmarteau Arena. For tickets, please click here.

MEDIA 

For interview requests or other media inquiries, please contact [email protected].

February’s practice schedule:

Feb. 5-7: 8:00pm-9:00pm at Place Bell (closed to the public)

Feb. 12-14: 8:30pm-10:00pm at Michel Normandin Arena at Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard (open to the public)

Feb. 19-21: 8:00pm-9:30pm

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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]

ALL-STAR CLASH BETWEEN LES CANADIENNES AND THE INFERNO THIS WEEKEND

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Montreal, QC (Jan. 30 2019) –– Les Canadiennes de Montréal and the Calgary Inferno will face off for what promises to be an exciting showcase between the top two teams in the CWHL on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5pm and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

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

With a total of 16 Olympians on both clubs, the matchup will be electrifying. Eighteen players, including seven from Les Canadiennes and 11 from the Inferno, have recently been named to the USA-Canada Rivalry Series taking place in February. Moreover, it will be Calgary’s first set of games since two of their players, Brianna Decker and Rebecca Johnston, made waves at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game Weekend. Les Canadiennes’ Hilary Knight also took part in the 2018 NHL Skills Competition’s accuracy test.

The race for first place is tight as Les Canadiennes, who officially clinched a playoff spot this week, are only two points behind the Inferno with 33 points. Montreal’s offence and defence continue to shine as the team has scored the most goals (92) and allowed the least goals (31) in the CWHL. Captain Marie-Philip Poulin sits atop of the standings with 40 points, while Ann-Sophie Bettez is second with 38 points. In seventh, Erin Ambrose remains the leading offensive-defence in the league with 23 points and Jill Saulnier sits ninth with 21 points.

Meanwhile, the Inferno rose to the top of the standings after posting an impressive eight-game win streak through the first half of the season. With players like Johnston, Brianne Jenner and Rebecca Leslie, who are among the CWHL’s top-10 scorers, the Inferno can count on a talented and skilled group of players.

The battle will also feature two of the league’s top goalies with Emerance Maschmeyer and Alex Rigsby neck and neck this weekend.

Tickets to Saturday’s game: https://www.showpass.com/2feb-les-canadiennes-vs-calgary-inferno/

Tickets to Sunday’s game: https://www.showpass.com/3feb-les-canadiennes-vs-calgary-inferno/

MEDIA

Media must confirm attendance to this weekend’s games by Friday, Feb. 1, at 6pm by contacting [email protected].

The team practices Thursday, Jan. 31, from 8pm-9:30pm at Place Bell. For interviews or other media inquiries, please contact the media relations manager.

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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]

HILARY KNIGHT NAMED TO TEAM USA ROSTER FOR RIVALRY SERIES

Montreal, QC (Jan.  29, 2019) –– Hilary Knight was named to the Team USA roster for the Rivalry Series against Canada in February.

Knight, who is playing her first full season with Les Canadiennes, captured a gold medal at the 4 Nations Cup in November 2018. She won her first Olympic gold medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games and has been crowned a World Champion seven times.

“Les Canadiennes congratulate Hilary Knight on her nomination to the Rivalry Series,” said General Manager Meg Hewings. “Hilary and the US national team have played an instrumental role in pushing women’s hockey to new heights, and we fully expect Hilary’s powerful presence and impressive shot to wow fans during this showcase.”

The series will take place in Ontario and Michigan and feature many of the best players in the world.

Here is the schedule for the event:

Game 1: Feb. 12, 7 pm EST, Budweiser Gardens in London, ONT.

Game 2: Feb. 14, 7 pm EST, Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ONT.

Game 3: Feb. 17, 12 pm EST, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MICH.

LES CANADIENNES AND THUNDER SPLIT WEEKEND CONTESTS

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Markham, ONT (Jan. 27, 2019) –– Les Canadiennes and the Markham Thunder returned from the All-Star Break with two exciting hockey games this weekend. Both teams split the contests, with the  Thunder prevailing 2-1 on Saturday and Les Canadiennes triumphing 6-2 on Sunday.

Game 1: Les Canadiennes 1, Thunder 2

Les Canadiennes outshot the Thunder 47 to 22 but Markham proved to be more opportunist than their counterparts as Victoria Bach, the league’s leading rookie in points with 23 points, scored two goals to sink Montreal Saturday evening.

Bach opened scoring in the first period, defeating goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer glove side. Jamie Lee Rattray fed Taylor Woods a brilliant cross-ice pass from the half-wall but Woods’ shot missed the net. With the puck bouncing off the boards, Bach buried it past Maschmeyer for a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Marie-Philip Poulin served a two-minute minor penalty for hooking. With the Thunder on the powerplay, Bach unleashed a powerful shot assisted by Rattray and Megan Bozek to double the Thunder’s lead. Before the end of the second frame, top-defender Erin Ambrose reduced Markham’s lead to one goal after her shot from the left faceoff circle went off the post and into the net.

The third period featured spirited hockey as Les Canadiennes were eager to tie the game. Peppering goaltender Erica Howe, Montreal upped the ante but were unable to solve Howe. With seconds remaining in the game, Les Canadiennes had ample scoring chances but their three final shots were blocked by three Thunder players, leading Markham to a 2-1 victory.

Three Stars: 1. Victoria Bach (2 G) 2. Erica Howe (46 saves) 3. Laura Stacey

Game Summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/765

Game 2: Les Canadiennes 6, Thunder 2

Les Canadiennes were off to a strong start, with Karell Emard opening the flood gates early in the first period on Sunday. Jillian Saulnier scored the first of her eventual four goals, defeating netminder Liz Knox top shelf to double Montreal’s lead.

In an effort to regroup, the Thunder called a timeout after falling 2-0. However, Montreal was on a roll and couldn’t be stopped. For a second game in a row, Les Canadiennes outshot the Thunder 39 to 26. Poulin tripled Montreal’s lead early in the second frame and Saulnier gave Les Canadiennes a 4-0 advantage by the end of the period. Knox was then pulled from the game and replaced by Erica Howe.

In the third period, Laura Stacey got Markham on the scoreboard, ending Geneviève Lacasse’s five-period shutout streak. Saulnier completed her hat trick past the halfway mark of the final frame. Bach scored Markham’s final goal while Saulnier tallied her fourth of the afternoon, leading Les Canadiennes to a 6-2 rout.

Three stars: 1. Jill Saulnier (4 G, 1 A)  2.  Marie-Philip Poulin  (1 G, 3 A) 3. Victoria Bach (1 G, 1 A)

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/766

Les Canadiennes are back on home ice next weekend when they face the Calgary Inferno for a battle for first place in the CWHL on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5pm and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. For tickets to the games, click here.

MEDIA

The team will practice at Place Bell on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 9:30pm. 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 READY FOR LAST STRETCH

Montreal, QC (Jan. 27, 2019) — The CWHL’s regular season resumed this weekend after a thrilling All-Star weekend that featured 34 of the best players in the world at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

With seven games remaining in Les Canadiennes’ season, the club is ready for an important final push before the playoffs. Second in the league with 33 points, Montreal is only two points behind the first-ranked Calgary Inferno.

Montreal will face stiff competition from here on out. They recently completed a two-game road trip in Markham, splitting both contests, and will face the defending Clarkson Cup Champions for another pair of games. Les Canadiennes will face the Inferno twice, the Toronto Furies once and the Worcester Blades for two games. According to goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer, Les Canadiennes feel confident and prepared for this last stretch.

“The competition is incredible,” she said. “The games will be a lot of fun and I’m excited to head into the playoffs – but we still have a lot to prepare for before that point. It’s important for us to put one foot in front of the other and not look too far ahead at this point in the season. I have a lot of confidence in our group.”

Since the holiday break, Les Canadiennes have won four of their last six games. The All-Star break provides a  break for the majority of the teams prior to the end of the regular season, an opportunity to catch up with friends and teammates. It’s easy for players to pick up where they left off and be ready for game day without sacrificing team chemistry on the ice.

“We always say that after Christmas break, we’re starting a new season; teams come back and they’re eager and excited,” she explains. “But when we get back from the holiday break, we aren’t always clicking super well. I find that where the All-Star Game is placed, right before playoffs, it’s a fun weekend. It gets the competition up again.”

Maschmeyer is one of the best goalies in the league, sitting second in GAA (1.59) and save percentage (0.929) categories. Certainly, the All-Star Game, designed to showcase spectacular goals and exciting playmaking sequences, is not meant to demonstrate a goaltender’s or defence-woman’s capabilities. Maschmeyer, who was on the losing end of an 8-4 win by Team Gold, admits that it’s never fun to allow goals but knows that’s the nature of the game.

“When it comes to the All-Star Game, it’s a pretty offensive game,” she said. “They’re scoring on breakaways, back door, second, and third chances. You know these players are incredibly skilled, so you just need to laugh it off a bit.”

“Before the game, we were joking about how we should make some kind of incentive for the forwards, some kind of prize for the winning team so that maybe there will be a little more defence,” she said, chuckling.

Les Canadiennes have not only been able to count on Maschmeyer’s impressive play between the pipes, but also on Marie-Soleil Deschênes as well, who has yet to allow a goal in the CWHL. Netminder Geneviève Lacasse also recently made a triumphant return to play, shutting out the KRS Vanke Rays after nursing an injury for most of the season.

“We’re definitely not weak in the goalie department,” said Maschmeyer. “Having competition will keep us on our toes. It’s a very positive thing and when you look at any team in the league, there’s at least two starting goalies on most teams. It can only make us better.”

Les Canadiennes are back on home ice next weekend when they take on the Inferno on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5pm and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. To purchase tickets, click here.

LES CANADIENNES FACE THE THUNDER THIS WEEKEND

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Montreal, QC (Jan. 24, 2019) –– Les Canadiennes will take on the Markham Thunder on the road this weekend: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30pm at the Thornhill Community Centre and on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 12:30pm at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast by the CWHL here.

After a short All-Star break, both teams embark on the last stretch of the regular season before the start of the playoffs. The Thunder and Les Canadiennes will look to solidify a top-four finish and face each other four times before the end of the season.

Les Canadiennes are currently second in the league, four points behind the first-place Calgary Inferno with two games in hand. Montreal hasn’t lost in regulation since November 2018. Marie-Philip Poulin, Ann-Sophie Bettez and Erin Ambrose are amongst the league’s top scorers while Emerance Maschmeyer continues to be solid in net with the second best GAA and SV % in the CWHL.

Ranked fourth in the league, the Thunder will be looking to regain the path to victory and secure their spot in the playoffs after dropping two games against the Inferno. Rookie sensation Victoria Bach leads Markham with 19 points in 19 games and closes out the league’s top 10 scorers. The team’s roster includes several star players in Laura Fortino, Jamie Lee Rattray, Laura Stacey, Megan Bozek and Jess Jones.

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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 and five Les Canadiennes players named to Team Canada

Montreal, QC (Jan. 24, 2019) —  Ann-Sophie Bettez and five Les Canadiennes players, including Marie-Philip Poulin, Jillian Saulnier, Erin Ambrose, Emerance Maschmeyer and Geneviève Lacasse, have been named to Team Canada’s roster for the three-game Rivalry Series against the US in February.

Bettez’ international pedigree includes silver and gold medals at the 2009 and 2010 MLP Cup, respectively, and a silver medal at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2009. Meanwhile, Poulin, Saulnier and Lacasse were part of the 2018 Olympic team that captured silver in PyeongChang. Maschmeyer represented Canada at the 2018 4 Nations Cup, capturing silver and Ambrose won a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

“I’m thrilled to play in the Canada-US series,” said Bettez of the announcement.

“Ann-Sophie is one of the most tenacious, hard-working and creative players on the pro circuit – and she never gives up. She proves day in and day out with Les Canadiennes, and season after season in the CWHL, that she has the skill and talent to play on the international stage for her country. What’s more, Ann-Sophie has that even rarer gift of being able to complement, and push, the best of the best,” said General Manager, Meg Hewings.

A natural leader on and off the ice, the speedy forward is having another exceptional season in the CWHL as she ranks third in the league with 31 points (15 G, 16 A) in 19 games. With 248 points in 163 games, Bettez sits third all-time for the most points in the CWHL and is a Clarkson Cup Champion (2017).

“The CWHL has become the home of the best players in the world, a place to showcase their talents and continue to develop,” added Hewings.

The three-game series will take place in Ontario and Michigan:

Game 1: Feb. 12, 7 pm EST, Budweiser Gardens in London, ONT.

Game 2: Feb. 14, 7 pm EST, Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ONT.

Game 3: Feb. 17, 12 pm EST, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MICH.