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LES CANADIENNES SET TO CLASH WITH MARKHAM THUNDER THIS WEEKEND

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Montreal, QC (Oct. 17, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes (2 GP: 1-1-0) will face the Markham Thunder (2 GP: 2-0-0) this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 6pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, and Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1:30pm at Michel Normandin Arena at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.

Les Canadiennes will play the 2018 Clarkson Cup Champions for the first time since last season’s playoffs. Two games into the 2018-19 CWHL season, Montreal is tied for third place while the Thunder sit first in the league. Last season, the teams produced strong and competitive hockey, with all regular seasons games decided by one goal.

Both clubs boast impressive lineups. Les Canadiennes’ six Olympians include captain Marie-Philip Poulin, Mélodie Daoust, Lauriane Rougeau, Hilary Knight, Jillian Saulnier and Geneviève Lacasse, and are joined by veterans such as CWHL MVP Ann-Sophie Bettez, as well as a solid group of rookies.

The Thunder welcome back 16 veteran players this season, including Olympians Laura Stacey, who already has six points in two games, Laura Fortino and captain Jocelyne Larocque. Veteran players such as 2018 Jayna Hefford Trophy winner Jamie-Lee Rattray returns. Jess Jones, who played in the NWHL last season, is also back. The team will be rounded out by a group of rookies, including Victoria Bach, the third overall 2018 draft pick.

Fans will have the opportunity to “Skate with Les Canadiennes” following Sunday’s game.

Starting next week, Les Canadiennes will be on the road for six games, facing the Toronto Furies, Worcester Blades and the Calgary Inferno, before returning home to host the Blades on Place Bell’s community ice rink on Dec. 1 at 6:30pm and Dec. 2 at 1pm.

For tickets to Saturday’s game against the Thunder, click here.

For tickets to Sunday’s game against the Thunder, click here.

Media

For accreditation requests, interview requests and attendance at team practices, please contact Les Canadiennes’ media relations manager at [email protected]. Accreditation requests for games must be submitted before Friday at noon.

The team practices at Place Bell this Thursday from 8:30pm to 10pm.

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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Media relations contact

Safia Ahmad

Media Relations Manager

Les Canadiennes

514-588-4903 | [email protected]

INFERNO EXTINGUISH LES CANADIENNES 3-1

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Montréal, QC (Oct. 14, 2018) ­­– The Calgary Inferno defeated Les Canadiennes 3-1 Sunday afternoon on Place Bell’s community ice rink. For the CWHL’s opening weekend, the teams split the weekend contests, with Montreal winning 2-1 Saturday evening.

Calgary’s Rebecca Johnston, Rebecca Leslie and Brianne Jenner found the back of the net, while Mélodie Daoust scored Les Canadiennes’ lone goal.

Montreal was off to a strong start, generating several scoring chances in the first period. Daoust beat goaltender Alex Rigsby, assisted by captain Marie-Philip Poulin and Ann-Sophie Bettez 11:56 into the game.

The second period was tougher for Les Canadiennes as the Inferno came out of the gates blazing, netting two goals in less than two minutes. Jenner scored 26 seconds into the period and Leslie scored Calgary’s game winner less than a minute later.

Les Canadiennes fought back in the third period, peppering Rigsby with 12 shots but were turned away each time. With Maschmeyer on the bench for a sixth forward, Montreal tried to tie the game but Johnston scored in the empty net to give Calgary the road win.

Three stars: 1. Alex Rigsby (22 saves) 2. Mélodie Daoust (1G) 3. Marie-Philip Poulin (1A)

Game summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/711

Montreal will host the defending Clarkson Cup Champions Markham Thunder next Saturday, Oct. 20, at 6pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1:30pm at Michel Normandin Arena at Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard. Fans will get the opportunity to skate with Les Canadiennes following Sunday’s game.

For tickets to Saturday’s game, click here.

For tickets to Sunday’s game, click here.

The team practices Tuesday at Place Bell from 8:30pm to 9:30pm (closed to the public) and Thursday at Michel Normandin Arena from 8:30pm to 9:30pm (open to the public). For 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

Safia Ahmad

Media Relations Manager

Les Canadiennes

514-588-4903 | [email protected]

LES CANADIENNES WIN FIRST GAME OF SEASON 2-1 VS. CALGARY INFERNO

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Montreal, QC (Oct. 14, 2018) –– Sarah Lefort scored her first goal of the season to help Les Canadiennes win 2-1 against the Calgary Inferno Saturday evening. It was the team’s first game at Place Bell on the Laval Rocket’s amphitheatre ice.

Rookie forward Maude Gélinas recorded her first goal while Brianna Decker scored the Inferno’s lone goal.

A tight game from start to finish, both goaltenders were solid in their creases, with Montreal’s goalie Emerance Maschmeyer making 20 saves and Calgary’s netminder Alex Rigsby stopping 18 shots.

With less than ten minutes played in the game, Decker opened scoring, beating Maschmeyer top-shelf to give the Inferno the lead. Calgary weathered three Montreal breakaways before Gélinas, a 2018 draft pick, tied the game towards the end of period for Montreal. She found herself alone in front of Rigsby, beating her with a crafty wrist shot.

After a scoreless second period, Les Canadiennes and the Inferno had several scoring chances, creating exciting hockey on both ends of the ice in the third period. Montreal’s third year forward Sarah Lefort found the back of the net with six minutes left in the game, leading Les Canadiennes to victory. Calgary pulled their goalie for a sixth player but were unable to capitalize.

Three stars:  1. Sarah Lefort (1G) 2. Brianna Decker (1G) 3. Erin Ambrose

Game Summary: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/stats/game-summary/707

Les Canadiennes and the Inferno face each other once more on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1pm on Place Bell’s Community Ice surface. For tickets, click here. The game will be followed by an autograph session with the players.

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

Safia Ahmad

Media Relations Manager

Les Canadiennes

514-588-4903 | [email protected]

MARIE-PHILIP POULIN TO CAPTAIN LES CANADIENNES

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Montreal, QC (Oct. 12, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes announced that Marie-Philip Poulin will captain the team for the 2018-19 CWHL season.

Poulin was first named captain in 2016, becoming the third player to receive this honour in the team’s history. Last season, the two-time Clarkson Cup champion wore the “C” on her jersey for Team Canada at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. She succeeds CWHL MVP Ann-Sophie Bettez who captained the team last season in Poulin’s absence last season.

Over four seasons with Montreal, the Beauceville, QC native established herself as one of the best players in women’s hockey in the world. In 67 regular season games, she notched 134 points (64 G, 70 A). She was just as dominant in the Clarkson Cup playoffs, scoring 19 points (10 G, 9A) in nine games. Winning the Clarkson Cup twice (2009, 2017), Poulin’s outstanding performance on the ice was recognized by the Jayna Hefford Trophy and Angela James Bowl in 2016 and 2017. She was also named CWHL MVP, CWHL Top Forward, and named to the CWHL First All-Star Team in the same two years.

Poulin’s success in the CWHL is matched by her accomplishments on the international scene. With Team Canada, she has won two gold medals and one silver medal in three Winter Games (2010, 2014, 2018). She has captured one gold medal and six silver medals at the IIHF World Championships.

She will be joined by assistant captains Ann-Sophie Bettez, Erin Ambrose and Mélodie Daoust. Bettez has been a key leader for Montreal since joining the team in 2012. Stepping in as interim captain last season, she is dominant in all aspects of the game and sits fourth among the CWHL’s all-time points leaders with 217 points. Ambrose, acquired in a trade with the Toronto Furies last season, has displayed tremendous leadership, stabilizing Les Canadiennes’ blueline and mentoring recruits. Entering her rookie season, Daoust was captain of the McGill Martlets for two seasons, and will be relied upon to share her experience and insights from playing at the international level.

Les Canadiennes are ready to start the season in full force this Saturday, Oct. 13th at 6:30pm against the Calgary Inferno on Place Bell’s amphitheatre ice. The game will be a powerful showcase of skill, speed, and fierce competition. Together, the teams boast 15 Olympians and an abundance of top-talent in the female game. Saturday’s game is part of a double-header with the Laval Rocket, who will face the Binghamton Devils at 3pm. Les Canadiennes and the Inferno will meet again on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1pm on Place Bell’s community ice surface.

Ticket links

Home opener – Oct. 13
Double-header with Rocket – Oct. 13
Individual Game Tickets
2018-19 Season tickets

Media

Media must confirm their attendance at games with the Media Relations Manager before Friday, Oct. 12 at noon.

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

Safia Ahmad

Media Relations Manager

Les Canadiennes

514-588-4903 | [email protected]

LES CANADIENNES OPEN SEASON AGAINST CALGARY INFERNO

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Montreal, QC (Oct. 9, 2018) – Les Canadiennes are set to begin the 2018-19 season this weekend with two games against the Calgary Inferno on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6:30pm and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1pm at Place Bell.

It will be a historic weekend for Les Canadiennes as the team plays their first games at Place Bell. Saturday’s match-up is part of an exciting double-header with the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket. The Rocket face the Binghamton Devils at 3:00pm, while Les Canadiennes take to the ice at 6:30pm.

Les Canadiennes won all four battles against the Inferno last season, and boast a lineup featuring six Olympians, and several returning all-star players. Super stars Marie-Philip Poulin and Hilary Knight will don the Canadiennes jersey for the first time as teammates, while 2017 top draft pick Mélodie Daoust will make her regular season debut in Les Canadiennes’ uniform. Jillian Saulnier and Geneviève Lacasse will face their former team for the first time since being traded to Montreal during the off-season. Many rookies, including young defenses Taylor Willard (University of Vermont) and Catherine Daoust (University of Minnesota Duluth), will play their first CWHL games.

The Inferno boast an exciting lineup that features nine Olympians from four nations: Brigette Lacquette, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Blayre Turnbull from Canada, Kacey Bellamy, Brianna Decker and Alex Rigsby from the USA, Aina Takeuchi from Japan, and Venla Hovi from Finland.

For the home opener, fans can purchase tickets for the double-header here or simply purchase tickets to Les Canadiennes’ match-up here. Season tickets are on sale for $162.50 – a $32.50 discount over the single game price of $15 –– and can be purchased by visiting Les Canadiennes’ website. The teams will face each other for a rematch on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1pm on Place Bell’s community ice surface: tickets here.

In its twelfth season, the CWHL will count six competitive teams, including one team in China, the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays.

Media

Media must confirm their presence with [email protected] before Wednesday, Oct. 10, at noon. The team practices Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30pm to 10:00pm at Michel Normandin Arena at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.

Ticket links

Home opener – Oct. 13
Double-header with Rocket – Oct. 13
Individual Game Tickets
2018-19 Season tickets

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

Safia Ahmad

Media Relations Manager

Les Canadiennes

514-588-4903 | [email protected]

LES CANADIENNES REVEAL ROSTER FOR 2018-19 CWHL SEASON

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Montreal, QC (October 2, 2018) – After a 10-day training camp, Les Canadiennes announced their official roster for the 2018-19 season.

The team’s opening weekend consists of two games against the Calgary Inferno at Place Bell on Saturday, October 13 at 6:30pm in a doubleheader with the Laval Rocket, and Sunday, October 14 at 1:00pm on the community ice at Place Bell.

The 24-player roster is made up of three goalies, eight defence and 13 forwards. Twelve veterans return to provide important leadership and mentor a talented rookie group. This season’s roster illustrates a depth of skill that will make for breathtaking hockey, showcasing the talents of nine players selected to national team camps, and some of the very best players in university hockey.

“A new era is about to begin with Les Canadiennes. Over the past few seasons we’ve recruited an influx of talent in every position in order to prepare for the retirement of key veterans and leaders. We hope to build on the team’s championship legacy, and work in concert with this group of athletes to expand the horizons of our sport,” said General Manager, Meg Hewings.

Led by returning Olympians Marie-Philip Poulin, Lauriane Rougeau, and newer players with plenty of international experience like Hilary Knight, Jillian Saulnier and the team’s 2017 top draft pick Mélodie Daoust, Les Canadiennes is stacked with spectacular talent. Sophisticated two-way players Poulin, Daoust and CWHL MVP Ann-Sophie Bettez will lead the charge, with dangerous fire power supplied by US forward and gold medal-winning Olympian Hilary Knight, and recently acquired speedster Jillian Saulnier. A trio of third-year talents will continue to galvanize the ranks, including the explosive Sarah Lefort, the charismatic playmaker Katia Clement-Heydra, and the crafty Karell Emard.

Adding depth and leadership are longstanding veteran and upright power forward Kim Deschênes, hard-working second-year grinder Tracy-Ann Lavigne, and newcomers: two-time NCAA Champion Geneviève Bannon (Clarkson), Olivia Atkinson (McGill), and Maude Gélinas (U. de Montreal).

Last season, the addition of Erin Ambrose on defence in a mid-season trade was key to stabilizing the team’s defensive core. In the off-season, Les Canadiennes looked to further deepen the defensive ranks, drafting new upstarts in the reliable University of Minnesota Duluth graduate Catherine Daoust, former captain of the University of Vermont Taylor Willard, and the talents of Concordia’s vibrant Marie-Joëlle Allard. The youthful trio have proven at camp that they can play key roles this season. Tenacious veteran defence Melanie Desrochers is expected to clock big minutes this season, backed by the experience of veteran Sophie Brault. The defensive ranks will be rounded out by UPEI’s former captain, the effervescent Emma Martin.

In nets, the dynamic duo of Emerance Maschmeyer and veteran goalie Geneviève Lacasse will be a solid final frontier for Les Canadiennes, backed by the talents of adroit netminder, Marie-Soleil Deschênes.

“We’re all excited to work with and develop this young cohort of defenders, and to welcome so many new and talented players to the team,” said Eric Hurtubise, Les Canadiennes’ head recruiter.

“The end to last season has motivated each of us to look for the solutions necessary to improve our program. Forming a team is always a process, but as we kick-start the 2018-19 season with many new faces, the focus will be on finding our chemistry,” said head coach Dany Brunet.

Media availability:

Thursday, Oct. 4, Les Canadiennes v. U. de Montréal Carabins, 7:00pm, CEPSUM.

Friday, Oct. 5, McGill Martlets v. Les Canadiennes, 7:30pm, Michel Normandin arena Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard (World Girls’ Hockey Weekend)

Please contact [email protected] to confirm your attendance in advance.

Ticket purchase links for Les Canadiennes 2018-19 season:

Individual season tickets here

Season tickets here

Tickets for the doubleheader with the Laval Rocket, followed by Les Canadiennes’ home opener here

Tickets for Les Canadiennes home opener only here

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

Safia Ahmad

Media Relations Manager

Les Canadiennes

514-588-4903 | [email protected]

CAROLINE OUELLETTE JOINS COACHING STAFF

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Montreal, QC (Sept. 26, 2018) –– Caroline Ouellette, a four-time Clarkson Cup Champion and four-time Olympic gold medallist, will join Les Canadiennes’ coaching staff as a technical coach this season, lending her experience and expertise to players during practices.

The same day as announcing her official retirement from playing, Ouellette was back on the ice with Les Canadiennes in her new role as a coach. A longstanding CWHL leader, Ouellette left an indelible mark on the professional game, winning four Clarkson Cups (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2017) and becoming the CWHL’s all-time points leader with 315 points and all-time assists leader with 184 assists.

After giving birth to her first child in 2017, Ouellette joined Les Canadiennes for the second half of the 2017-18 season, scoring her 131st career goal to surpass Jayna Hefford’s all-time goals record. The current goals record (132) was established by Ouellette’s teammate and good friend Noémie Marin last season. Ouellette recorded 44 points (16 G, 28 A) in 30 games in the playoffs.

Garnering several accolades throughout her career, Ouellette was named to the CWHL First All-Star Team five times, is a two-time CWHL MVP, and earned the CWHL’s Top Forward honours in 2011. She was the recipient of the Angela James Bowl –– awarded to the league’s leading scorer –– in 2011, and was named Clarkson Cup Championship MVP in 2012.

One of the driving forces behind the club’s annual Pink in the Rink game to benefit breast cancer in Quebec, Ouellette’s dedication to her community was recognized by the Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award in 2013, bestowed to a female athlete who exemplifies leadership and dedication on and off the ice. She founded the Caroline Ouellette Girls Hockey Celebration in 2014, providing young girls with a unique tournament to celebrate the sport, and selecting a Peewee All-Star Team to attend the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament.

Her achievements in the CWHL were matched by impressive success on the international stage. As a member of the Canadian Women’s National team since 1998, she captured four Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. She is also a six-time World Champion and won eight gold medals at the 4 Nations Cup.

Along with her coaching duties with Les Canadiennes, she will remain an assistant coach with the Concordia Stingers and the Canadian national program.

“Thanks to her singular passion, intensity, and drive, Caroline helped define the championship culture at the heart of Les Canadiennes. A monumental athlete, mentor, role model and champion of our sport, she has inspired the female game at all levels in Quebec, and throughout the world. We will miss her presence on the ice, but are thrilled that she will continue to have an impact on our athletes, and the club’s future, in this new role,” said General Manager, Meg Hewings.

The entire Les Canadiennes organisation would like to thank Caroline for her dedication to the game, and look forward to starting this new chapter of an ongoing collaboration.

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

Safia Ahmad

Media Relations Manager

Les Canadiennes

514-588-4903 | [email protected]

LES CANADIENNES ANNOUNCE RETURN OF OLYMPIANS

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Montreal, QC (September 20, 2018) – As the 2018-19 CWHL season gets underway, Les Canadiennes announced the return of key players who competed at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games for both Canada and the USA.

Leading an electrifying forward group, Marie-Philip Poulin will return to the lineup this season, while 2017 first-round pick Mélodie Daoust will make her league debut. The latter was named Olympic MVP and led Team Canada with 7 points (3 G, 4 A) in five games, while the former earned 6 points (3 G, 3 A) in the same amount of games.

American superstar Hilary Knight, who joined the team for the last game of the regular season and the playoffs, promises to add further firepower. Knight captured a gold medal in Pyeongchang with Team USA and recorded 3 points (2 G, 1 A) in five games.

Les Canadiennes will count on defensive pillar Lauriane Rougeau to anchor the blue line. Rougeau dressed for the team’s last two regular season games and playoffs last year after playing for Team Canada at the Olympics.

During the off-season, Montreal bolstered the ranks with the addition two Olympic medallists: speedy forward Jillian Saulnier and veteran goaltender Geneviève Lacasse, both acquired from the Calgary Inferno. Saulnier recorded 2 points (1 G, 1 A) in her first-ever Olympic Games last year with Team Canada, while her teammate Lacasse played one game and maintained a stellar .978 save percentage.

Along with Sarah Lefort, Erin Ambrose and Emerance Maschmeyer, Les Canadiennes can count on eight Canadian national team members.

Training Camp

Les Canadiennes’ training camp began on September 18th with medical and fitness testing. The camp will last ten days, concluding on September 28 and will take place at the Aréna du Rocket at Place Bell, the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, and Michel Normandin Arena at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.

Alongside Olympians and national team members, several rookies will hit the ice for camp, including two-time NCAA national champion with Clarkson University, Geneviève Bannon, and a cohort of exciting young defense: University of Minnesota-Duluth stalwart Catherine Daoust, University of Vermont’s former captain Taylor Willard, and Concordia University standout Marie-Joëlle Allard.

Ann-Sophie Bettez, a finalist for CWHL MVP last season, Katia Clement-Heydra, Karell Emard and Melanie Desrochers will be among the returning players.

Media are invited to attend training camp as of Sept. 20th and are required to submit their interview requests in advance.

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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Media relations contact

Safia Ahmad

Media Relations Manager

Les Canadiennes

514-588-4903 | [email protected]

LES CANADIENNES TO PLAY AT PLACE BELL STARTING THIS FALL

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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.

Media Relations Contact

Safia Ahmad

Media Relations Manager

Les Canadiennes de Montréal

514-588-4903 | [email protected]

LES CANADIENNES BID FAREWELL TO RETIRING AND DEPARTING PLAYERS

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Montreal, QC (Sept. 16, 2018) – Les Canadiennes enter a season of change with the announcement of several retiring and departing players.

Defence Cathy Chartrand, Cassandra Poudrier, Laurence Beaulieu, and Natalie Barrette, veteran goaltender Catherine Herron, and forwards Noémie Marin, Emmanuelle Blais, and Kayla Tutino will retire from hockey.

“Today, we say a goodbye to some incredible players who have left an indelible mark on Les Canadiennes, and given heart and soul to their teammates and this organization,” said General Manager, Meg Hewings.

One of the team’s longest-standing leaders and an assistant captain, Marin’s CWHL career began in 2008 and was marked by four Clarkson Cups. The league’s reigning goals-leader, Marin garnered 272 points across the regular season and the playoffs.

Chartrand, who joined the league in 2012, was a defensive pillar with Les Canadiennes. Captaining the team for three years, she was named Defenceman of the Year in 2014 and 2018, and won the Clarkson Cup in 2017.

Blais wraps an eight-year, successful career in the CWHL marked by three Clarkson Cups (2011, 2012, 2017). She notched 154 points across the regular season and the playoffs.

After a career-ending injury last season, Poudrier announced her official retirement from hockey internally to the team late in the campaign. The Clarkson Cup champion registered 23 points (4 G, 19 A) in 42 regular season games and was named an assistant captain for the 2017-18 season.

Herron leaves hockey with a winning pedigree, having captured three Clarkson Cups (2009, 2012, 2017). She maintained a winning record (36 W, 12 L) during the regular season.

Tutino, a first overall draft pick in 2016, spent two seasons in the league, playing for the Boston Blades and Les Canadiennes. She participated in the 2016-17 All-Star Game.

Beaulieu will focus on her career outside of hockey, while Barrette, who also played one season with Les Canadiennes last year, was named an assistant coach at Windsor University, her alma mater.

Meanwhile, other players have decided to pursue their hockey careers elsewhere. French national captain Marion Allemoz will play for the SDHL’s Modo Hockey and Lore Baudrit joined Division 1’s IF Björklöven. Defence Nachi Fujimoto, who spent two seasons in the CWHL, will play with the Färjestad BK. Forward Erinn Noseworthy will pursue her career elsewhere.

Despite several retiring and departing players, Les Canadiennes are looking forward to kickstarting the 2018-19 season with training camp, which promises to be intense and competitive. The team quests after their fifth Clarkson Cup, and works to solidify their legacy as the winningest team in CWHL history.

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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