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CWHL Embarks on Historic New Era With Player Compensation

A new women’s hockey era is on the horizon and for the CWHL, the 2017-18 season will be anything but ordinary.

For the first time in league history, players will receive compensation for regular-season play after a pay structure was passed by the League’s Board of Directors. The structure is the result of a collaborative effort between the CWHL, the CWHLPA, general managers, and the Board.

“It’s an exciting and historic time for us,” Commissioner Brenda Andress said. “We have always maintained that our goal was to pay our players and we had a strategic plan in place that would allow us to do so beginning this season. The continued success of our teams, players, and league have been key in getting us to where we are.”

Compensation will range from $2,000 to $10,000 per player, based on how many years they’ve played in the CWHL while general managers will have a discretionary fund to contribute to player earnings.

“The players and the PA are very excited about the player stipend situation for the upcoming season,” said Markham Thunder goaltender and Players’ Association representative Liz Knox. “The League and the PA have been working hard together to ensure the longevity of player careers in the CWHL. We understand that this is just the beginning for the growth of our game and look forward to the future.”

The future is exactly what all involved had in mind when coming together to work out a viable structure.

“Enhancing the players’ experience is important to the CWHL,” Andress said. “Our plan is about sustainability. This is an exciting new era we’re embarking upon, and it’s only the beginning.”

Boston Blades Introduce General Manager Jessica Martino

Jessica Martino is a former stay-at-home defenceman for the Boston College Eagles, appearing in the Frozen Four three times. She graduated Cum Laude from Boston College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Sociology, concentrating in Community Advocacy and Social Policy. Martino continued her hockey career from 2012-2014 for the Memmingen Indians in the Bundeisliga, transitioning from her defensive role to a leading scorer. She officially retired from hockey in 2014.

Since then, Martino took some time away from the hockey arena and put on a pair of running shoes, completing the Boston Marathon in 2015 for Camp Shriver, an inclusive summer sports camp for children with and without developmental disabilities from low-income families in Boston, a program that she is very passionate about.

Professionally, Martino started her career working in Public Health Research with a focus on health, wellness, and nutrition. Currently, Martino is completing her graduate studies in a joint academic program between the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and Simmons College for her Masters of Science in Nutrition and the credentials to become a Registered Dietitian. She also works part-time in the Food Services and Nutrition Department at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA, and is excited about re-entering the hockey arena as GM of the Boston Blades.

Shirley Hon Joins Vanke Rays as General Manager

Shirley Hon is no stranger to hockey, having been a member of the Kunlun Red Star Group since its founding and, in 2016-17, serving as Director of Administration for Red Star’s men’s team in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Her experience with the first-ever Chinese professional hockey club prepared her as she steps into her new role as General Manager of the Vanke Rays.

Born and raised in China, Shirley has spent many years abroad, studying and working in various countries around the world, including Australia, Canada and Switzerland.

Shirley is also a guest lecturer at The University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur in Switzerland. She holds a marketing and public relations background in China, as well as being a specialist in econ-social topics and corporate responsibility issues.

Chris Vanstone Named General Manager of Kunlun Red Star

Chris Vanstone joins Kunlun Red Star as General Manager after a decade of involvement in the OJHL. Most recently, Vanstone served as GM and President of Hockey Operations for the Milton Icehawks Junior A Hockey Club. Prior to that, he spent three years as a scout and representative with Uptown Sports Management. During that time, Vanstone also coached the Toronto Junior Canadians and Etobicoke Dolphins.

His experience also includes time as GM and Director of Hockey Operations for the Jr A Markham Waxers as well as four years with the Jr A Oakville Blades, where he held the roles of Head Scout, Assistant Coach, Director of Hockey Operations and Associate GM. He guided the Blades to two Buckland Cup championships and two Dudley Hewitt Championships, sending the club to the RBC Cup.

Over the course of his management and coaching career, more than 85 of Vanstone’s players have gone on to hockey success at many levels, including the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA and CHL.

OUELLETTE AND LES CANADIENNES MAKE HISTORY IN SPLIT VS. INFERNO

The fans came out and made their passionate voices were heard as Caroline Ouellette and Les Canadiennes made history in a weekend split against the Calgary Inferno.

On Saturday, an electric crowd of nearly 6,000 fans took in the team’s Heritage Game, part of the CWHL’s 10th anniversary celebrations, and the first-ever professional women’s hockey game at the Bell Centre. Les Canadiennes gave them plenty of reason to cheer, skating away with a 1-0 win in an exciting contest that featured some incredible saves from Montreal’s Charline Labonté and Calgary’s Emerance Maschmeyer. Marie-Philip Poulin scored the only goal of the afternoon, earning first-star honours for her efforts.

Prior to and during the game, Les Canadiennes recognized their alumnae, with three-time Olympic gold medallist Kim St-Pierre participating in a ceremonial puck drop while the many former members of the team in attendance were acknowledged on the Bell Centre’s scoreboard.

On Sunday, fans turned out again, this time at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena, to witness Ouellette’s 300th career CWHL point, recorded on the ice surface bearing her name. The all-time leading scorer in league history, Ouellette earned an assist on Ann-Sophie Bettez’s first period goal to hit the record milestone. She also recorded her 301st point, an assist on a tally by Lauriane Rougeau in the second period, bringing her career totals to 128 goals and 173 assists in 162 career games.

She wasn’t alone in hitting a career mark, however. Bettez recorded her 155th career point on her goal, moving her ahead of Jennifer Botterill for fourth place on the CWHL’s all-time points list.

Les Canadiennes (10-3-1) sit atop the CWHL standings with 21 points, one ahead of the Inferno.

The team will return to action on January 7-8, 2017 with a two-game set against the Blades in Boston. Les Canadiennes will return to home ice the following weekend, January 14-15, for another series against the Calgary Inferno.

Game summary: Saturday, Dec. 10: Les Canadiennes 1, Calgary Inferno 0

CWHL Live broadcast: Saturday, Dec. 10, Les Canadiennes vs. Inferno at the Bell Centre

Game summary: Sunday, Dec. 11: Calgary Inferno 5, Les Canadiennes 3

Upcoming Games
January 7-8, 2017: at Boston Blades
January 14, 2017 (7:30 p.m.): vs. Calgary Inferno at Bell Sports Complex (Tickets)
January 15, 2017 (1:30 p.m.): vs. Calgary Inferno at Dollard Civic Centre (Tickets)

Montreal’s Dreams Come True on Bell Centre Ice

Les Canadiennes de Montréal, proud partners of the Montreal Canadiens, are preparing to live “The Dream” when they make history and honour their own in their Heritage Game on Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bell Centre, against the Calgary Inferno.

The game, part of the CWHL’s 10th anniversary celebrations, will feature members of the inaugural then-Montreal Stars, including three-time Olympic gold medallist Kim St-Pierre, CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress, 1998 Olympic silver medallist and women’s hockey pioneer France St-Louis, as well as other special guests. League co-founder, original team captain and current Les Canadiennes assistant coach Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux will also be a part of this momentous occasion.

Fans attending will be a part of history as Les Canadiennes and the Inferno come together for the first-ever professional women’s hockey game played at the Bell Centre. In addition, they will receive a special collectible roster card and will be able to purchase exclusive Les Canadiennes merchandise. Those wishing to get their new items autographed can do so during the post-game autograph session on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena.

In honour of the event, the team will be releasing several promotional videos ahead of the game, the first of which can be found here: https://youtu.be/YNXnr7mh2WY 

Contest: Line up with Les Canadiennes

As Les Canadiennes prepare to live out their dream, one girls minor hockey team will get to live out a special moment of their own, right beside their hockey heroines. Teams wishing to be a part of history are asked to submit a short text – including the team’s name and level – explaining their motivation and why they should be chosen. They must include a team photo. Entries must be emailed with the subject “Line up with Les Canadiennes” to montreal@thecwhl.com by Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.

Upcoming Games
Dec. 3-4: at Boston Blades
Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m.: vs. Calgary Inferno at the Bell Centre (Tickets)
Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m.: vs. Calgary Inferno at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena.
Full schedule: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/en/schedule?team=2

Special Teams Take Centre Stage as Montreal & Brampton Split Series

In two tightly contested battles in front of two great crowds, special teams were at the forefront as Les Canadiennes skated away with a split against the Brampton Thunder on Saturday and Sunday.

Les Canadiennes (7-2-1) battled back from three one-goal deficits to claim an overtime victory on a power play on Saturday. On Sunday, the Thunder tied it late in the third period before clinching an extra session win on a 5-on-3 advantage, handing Montreal its first home loss since March 1, 2015.

Caroline Ouellette recorded a pair of goals and an assist over the weekend to bring her to within seven points of the 300-mark for her CWHL career. Ouellette sits second in CWHL scoring with 15 points on the season, just one shy of Marie-Philip Poulin, whose two helpers kept her atop the leaderboard.

Les Canadiennes hit the road next weekend to face the Boston Blades. They’ll return to home ice the following week, hosting the Calgary Inferno for Montreal’s Heritage Game on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Bell Centre (tickets), and on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena.

Saturday, Nov. 26 at Bell Sports Complex: Les Canadiennes 4, Brampton Thunder 3 (OT)

In a game featuring an electric crowd and end-to-end action, the goaltenders were on top of their games in the first period with Charline Labonté and Liz Knox trading highlight-reel saves. Labonté, on her back in the crease, got her stick over to the other side to deny defenceman Courtney Birchard. Moments later, Knox replied with a quick glove save on Caroline Ouellette before denying Kim Deschênes on a breakaway.

Rebecca Vint opened the scoring on the power play 37 seconds into the middle frame when she drove along the right side before cutting into the middle. Cathy Chartrand tied it three minutes later, beating Knox top shelf with a perfect snipe from the left circle.

Jess Jones’s power play tally made it 2-1 Brampton at 5:29 when she picked up the rebound of Birchard shot. But Les Canadiennes responded again, this time on the power play, with Chartrand pausing in the slot before feeding Ouellette inside the blue line, whose shot was tipped by Noémie Marin in front midway through the period.

Jones notched her second of the night, again on the power play, when she batted the puck out of the air and into the net at 1:48 of the third period. Montreal had its chances to tie and did just that at 8:43 when Marie-Philip Poulin sent a perfect feed to Ouellette in front.

Ouellette clinched the win with a power-play marker from the right circle just under two minutes into overtime.

Game summary: http://bit.ly/20161126vsBRM

Sunday, Nov. 27 at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena: Brampton Thunder 3, Les Canadiennes 2 (OT)

After a scoreless first period, Brampton’s power play found success again 3:19 of the second when Courtney Birchard’s point shot found its way through traffic into the back of the net. Karell Emard connected on the power play from her knees to tie it for Les Canadiennes at 11:42.

Katia Clément-Heydra showed off her skill when she went coast to coast to give Montreal the lead two minutes into the third period. But the Thunder evened the score at 13:56 on the power play.

Jamie Lee Rattray made the most of Brampton’s 5-on-3 advantage in overtime to give the visitors the win.

Game summary: http://bit.ly/20161127vsBRM

Upcoming Games
Dec. 3-4: at Boston Blades
Dec. 10: vs. Calgary Inferno at the Bell Centre (Tickets)
Dec. 11: vs. Calgary Inferno at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena.

Full schedule: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/en/schedule?team=2

LES CANADIENNES DROP WEEKEND SET TO TORONTO FURIES

Les Canadiennes’ unbeaten streak came to end in back-to-back losses to the Toronto Furies on Saturday and Sunday at the MasterCard Centre.

It’s the first time since Feb. 28-March 1, 2015 that Montreal has suffered consecutive losses.

Despite the setbacks, Marie-Philip Poulin and Caroline Ouellette added to their League-leading numbers in the CWHL scoring race. Poulin picked up an assist and leads the CWHL with 13 points in eight games while Ouellette scored a goal and remains a point behind her teammate. Rookie Sarah Lefort and defenceman Cathy Chartrand also each earned a point to rank among the top 10 point-getters.

Chartrand and Ann-Sophie Bettez both hit milestones on Sunday afternoon, playing in their 100th career games.

Les Canadiennes return to home ice for their next two games, hosting the Brampton Thunder on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Bell Sports Complex (in Brossard) and on Sunday, Nov. 27 at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena (in Rosemont).

Saturday, Nov. 19: Toronto Furies 2, Les Canadiennes 1

Caroline Ouellette opened the scoring with her sixth of the season on the power play at 9:58 of the first period.

Les Canadiennes held the lead until late in the second when Toronto’s Jenelle Kohanchuk beat Catherine Herron with 11 seconds remaining in the frame. The Furies handed Montreal its first loss of the season when Kelly Terry scored just over four minutes into the third period.

Game summary: http://bit.ly/20161119vsTOR

Sunday, Nov. 20: Toronto Furies 5, Les Canadiennes 2

Toronto rookie Michela Cava and Julie Allen (twice) scored three times in five minutes in the first period to give the home side to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Les Canadiennes didn’t give up, however. Lauriane Rougeau began the rally at 12:06 of the second period and Noémie Marin added to the excitement when she brought Montreal to within one with a power-play tally at 1:27 of the third.

Kelly Terry put the comeback on hold when she put the Furies ahead by two with a goal at 16:34 and Renata Fast capped off the scoring into an empty net with less than a minute remaining in the game.

Game summary: http://bit.ly/20161120vsTOR

Upcoming Games
Nov. 26: vs. Brampton Thunder (Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, 5:45 p.m.)
Nov. 27: vs. Brampton Thunder (Étienne-Desmarteau Arena, 1 :30 p.m.)
Dec. 3-4: at Boston Blades

Full schedule: http://montreal.thecwhl.com/en/schedule?team=2

LES CANADIENNES TO FACE THE INFERNO AT THE BELL CENTRE

For the first time in the organization’s history, Les Canadiennes de Montreal will play a regular season game at the Bell Centre, on December 10, against the Calgary Inferno.

The matinee game will mark the first time the two teams will meet since facing off against each other in the 2016 Clarkson Cup championship at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa last March. Les Canadiennes boast five Olympians in their ranks, including captain Marie-Philip Poulin, Caroline Ouellette, Charline Labonté, Lauriane Rougeau, and Julie Chu. Eight Olympians, including two-time Olympic gold medalist, Meaghan Mikkelson, will suit up for the Inferno.

“We’re very excited to be able to host Les Canadiennes for the first time in the home of the Montreal Canadiens,” said Canadiens owner, president and CEO, Geoff Molson. “We look forward to giving fans a chance to see some of the best female hockey players in the world live in our building. This is another example of our organizations working together towards our common goal of growing the game at both the professional and grassroots levels in Quebec.”

The Canadiens announced a partnership agreement with Les Canadiennes in September 2015 that includes providing both promotional and financial support to the Montreal-based CWHL franchise. In addition to hosting regular skills clinics throughout the year, the Canadiens also launched the team’s inaugural all-girls hockey camp at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard in August.

“The season is a landmark for the CWHL as we celebrate our 10th anniversary,” said CWHL commissioner, Brenda Andress. “We are thrilled to partner with the Montreal Canadiens to bring Les Canadiennes and their heritage celebrations to one of the world’s biggest hockey stages as there is no better place in Quebec to celebrate both the women’s game and the incredible legacy of the Montreal team and its players over the past decade.”
Puck drop is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on December 10. Tickets will be sold for $15 each and will be available for purchase as of Friday, November 11, at 1 p.m. on canadiens.com.

HOMECOMINGS FOR POULIN, BRETON-LEBREUX AS LES CANADIENNES RESUME CWHL ACTION

Les Canadiennes de Montréal will resume their 2016-17 CWHL schedule next weekend when they host the Boston Blades at the Centre Sportif Lacroix-Dutil in Saint-Georges, Quebec, on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m.

It will be the first time the team will play outside the greater Montreal market.

Les Canadiennes captain Marie-Philip Poulin will rejoin her teammates after representing Team Canada at the 4 Nations Cup, currently underway in Finland. The Beauce native will be suiting up for meaningful action in her home region for the first time since playing for the Beauce-Amiante Elites.

It will also be a homecoming for assistant coach – and CWHL co-founder – Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux, who hails from Saint-Zacharie.

Tickets for the games can be purchased in advance until this coming Wednesday, Nov. 9, and are available at a cost of $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12 to 17, and free for ages 11 and under. Those interested in buying tickets can do so online at: https://hockeyfemininbeauce.laplaza.io/.

Where else to buy tickets

Tickets will also be available in Saint-Georges at the following locations:

  • Boston Pizza
  • BGP Honda
  • Canac Saint-Georges
  • Cléri Sport
  • Métro Marché Laval Veilleux
  • Pièces d’auto Fernand Bégin
  • Service des loisirs (Centre sportif Lacroix-Dutil)

The games, held in collaboration with the THF Saint-Georges (Tournoi de hockey féminin de Saint-Georges), offer hockey fans from the Beauce, Chaudière-Appalaches, and Quebec City regions the opportunity to see some of the best players in women’s hockey.

Poulin will be one several Olympians among Les Canadiennes slated to hit the ice, a group that also includes: four-time gold medallist Caroline Ouellette; four-time gold medallist Charline Labonté; defenceman Lauriane Rougeau (gold medal, 2014); and four-time Olympic medallist Julie Chu. Canadian Olympian Tara Watchorn, a gold medallist in 2014, will suit up for the Blades.

Fans will have the opportunity to meet Les Canadiennes players after both games. Saturday’s contest will feature a post-game autograph session. On Sunday, fans are invited to bring their skates and join the team on the ice to skate with the players.

Olympic Games

With just 18 months to go until the next Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the upcoming CWHL season is an important one as Olympians on both the Canadiennes’s and Blades’s rosters prepare for the journey ahead. The games offer fans a unique opportunity to see numerous familiar faces that they’ve cheered on in the past and will do again in just over a year.

THF Saint-Georges organizers helped bring CWHL action to the area with the goal of promoting women’s hockey and with their sights set on bringing an exhibition game between Team Canada and Team USA to the arena in 2017.