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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
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)
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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.
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