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Les Canadiennes de Montreal
Les Canadiennes logo
League CWHL
Founded 2007 (2007)
Home arena Centre Etienne Desmarteau
Colors Red, Blue, White               
General manager Meg Hewings
Head coach Dany Brunet
Captain Marie-Philip Poulin

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Les Canadiennes
Les Canadiennes de Montreal are a professional women's ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 2007 as the Montreal Stars (Stars de Montréal), they have competed in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) since its inaugural season. The team has appeared in and won the Clarkson Cup the most times out of any CWHL teams, having won the league's championship four times since its inception.

In 2015, the team became an affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League, with the franchise providing resources and marketing support to the team as part of their efforts to help promote women's hockey. This affiliation also led to its re-branding as Les Canadiennes for the 2015–16 CWHL season, adopting colours and jerseys resembling those of their men's counterpart. In December 2015, the Canadiennes and the Boston Pride played the first ever outdoor game in professional women's hockey as part of festivities for the 2016 NHL Winter Classic in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Team historyEdit

220px-Logo Stars de Montreal

Original team logo as Montreal Stars

Les Canadiennes de Montréal have played in the CWHL since its formation in 2007. The Montreal Stars was formed from players from the Montreal Axion a team that played in the National Women's Hockey League before its demise, re-branding as Les Canadiennes for the 2015-16 season.[1] Through the team's young history they have seen success in every season that it has played.

In their first season, 2007–08, Montreal won 23 games out of 30 regular season contests and finished first overall in the regular season,[2] but lost to Mississauga Chiefs in the playoffs that year in a two-game contest.

In 2008–09 the Stars won the Clarkson Cup on March 19, 2009 in Kingston Ontario, the first year that the Clarkson Cup was openly played for between competitive professional women's hockey clubs rather than National teams such as before with Team Canada and Team Sweden in 2006. The Clarkson Cup was won by Montreal by defeating the Minnesota Whitecaps in the final. The game was competitive, with the score close. Initially the game was tied at one goal apiece until Montreal flared with offence scoring two goals. Sabrina Habrec ultimately scored the game winner, in a 3–1 final score. Former Canadian Governor General Adrienne Clarkson was on hand to present the trophy to team captain Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux.[3] It was Adrienne Clarkson's hope that The Clarkson Cup be the women's equivalent to the Stanley Cup.[4] That same season, three players were named to the First and Second team all stars: Caroline Ouellette, Kim St.Pierre and Sabrina Habrec.[5]

In 2009–10, the team finished in first place but did not defend the Clarkson Cup in the playoffs.

The team has had much success with league awards to its players. Kim St. Pierre has won the CHWL's award for top goaltender two season's running (2008, 2009), Caroline Ouellette was the CWHL MVP for the 2008–09, Marie-Phillip Poulin was the CWHL's rookie of the year in 2007–2008 at the age of 16 scoring over 40 points in 16 games, and finally Sabrina Harbec lead's the CWHL in scoring with 54 points in 29 games this season.[6]

During the 2013–14 CWHL season, three members of the Stars reached the milestone of 100 career points during the season. It marks the first time in CWHL history that three players from the same franchise reach the century mark in the same season.[7] It began on January 11, when CWHL co-founder Lisa-Marie Breton registered the 100th point of her career.[8] On February 8, Vanessa Davidson earns the 100th point in her CWHL career.[9] Emmanuelle Blais would become the third in a March 8 match against the Boston Blades.

In a game against the Brampton Thunder on December 13, 2015, Noemie Marin registered the 200th point of her CWHL career[10] . She would record two assists in the game, including one on the game-winning tally, to reach the milestone.

On December 11th 2016, Caroline Ouellette, already the League's all time leader in points and assists, registered her 300th career point. She then tied Jayna Hefford's league record of 130 goals on January 29th 2017, finishing the season with 309 career points and 130 career goals.[11]

Montreal Canadiens partnership Edit

In March 2015, the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League entered into a resource-sharing and marketing partnership with the Stars. Team CEO Geoff Molson explained that given the Canadiens' support of minor hockey in Quebec and the growth of Women's hockey, he felt that it "[was] the right time to concretely support women who play professional hockey, and, at the same time, promote the sport among up-and-coming players". Brenda Andress, commissioner of the CWHL, also stated that the partnership "affords the CWHL an opportunity to grow women's hockey hand in hand with one of the most storied franchises in professional sport."[12][13] In September 2015, the team unveiled a new identity as Les Canadiennes, adopting the Canadiens' team colors, along with a new rounded "C" emblem alluding to the Canadiens' logo,[14] and containing a star in homage of their previous name.[15]

2016 Outdoor Women's Winter Classic Edit

On December 31, 2015, the Canadiennes participated in an outdoor game, the 2016 Outdoor Women's Classic, against the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The game was held as an undercard to the following day's NHL Winter Classic, which featured their teams' NHL counterparts—the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins, and was the first ever outdoor professional women's hockey game.[16]

The Bell Center Edit

On December 10th 2017, Les Canadiennes played a regular season game against the Calgary Inferno at the Bell Center. They beat the Inferno 1-0 (goal by captain Marie-Philip Poulin) in regular time in front of nearly 6000 spectators, marking a great success for the first ever CWHL hockey game to be played at the home of the Montreal Canadiens.[17]

Olympic connectionEdit

The team includes notable forwards Caroline Ouellette, Sarah Vaillancourt and goaltender Kim St. Pierre,[18] all members of the 2010 Canadian Women's Hockey Olympic team who won the Olympic gold medal in Vancouver.[19][20]

For the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Stars players Ouellette, Haley Irwin, Charline Labonté and Catherine Ward competed for Team Canada, while Julie Chu was a member of Team USA.

Social implicationEdit

Les Canadiennes support the fight against breast cancer with a Breast Cancer Fundraising event.[21] For the occasion, Les Canadiennes play with pink jerseys at their annual breast cancer fundraiser.[22] Les Canadiennes are also committed to supporting amateur girls' hockey teams and take their role as examples to the young girls growing up playing the sport, very seriously. The "Canadiennes Camps"[23] are just one way that these athletes connect with young players. They are also available to meet the girls at the autograph sessions following most of their games, they are accessible through social media, and many of them are involved in various community outreach events and school girls' hockey teams.

SeasonsEdit

Season-by-seasonEdit

Year GP W L T/OL SL GF GA Pts Place Abby Hoffman Cup/Clarkson Cup Playoffs
2007–08 30 23 6 1 - 112 55 48 1st East Lost Semifinal
2008–09 30 25 4 1 - 135 65 51 1st Won NWHL playoffs, Won Abby Hoffman Cup
2009–10 30 23 5 2 - 122 70 48 1st Lost Clarkson Cup Semifinals
2010–11 26 22 2 2 - 125 70 46 1st Won Clarkson Cup
2011–12 27 22 4 1 - 160 66 51 1st Won Clarkson Cup
2012–13 24 18 5 1 - 105 58 37 2nd Lost Clarkson Cup Final
2013–14 23 19 2 2 - 96 47 42 1st 3rd Place Round Robin
2014–15 24 14 9 1 - 67 49 29 3rd Lost Final
2015-16 24 21 3 0 - 114 36 42 1st Lost Final
2016-17 24 17 5 2 - 91 48 36 2nd Won Clarkson Cup
2017-18 28 22 5 1 - 117 59 45 1st Lost Semifinals
2018-19 28 21 6 0 1 118 45 43 2nd Lost Final

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OL = Overtime losses, SL = Shootout Loss, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points.

Season standingsEdit

As of 2018, Les Canadiennes have a total of seven (8) regular season championships and four (4) Clarkson Cups[3] in 11 Seasons of play.

= Indicates First Place finish
= Indicates championship
= Indicates Clarkson Cup win
Year Reg. Season Playoffs Clarkson Cup
2007–08 1st Overall Lost in second round N/A
2008–09 1st Overall Won the CWHL Championship Won the 2009 Clarkson Cup
2009–10 1st Overall Won the CWHL Championship Lost in first round 2010 Clarkson Cup
2010–11 1st Overall Won the CWHL Championship Won the 2011 Clarkson Cup
2011–12 1st Overall Won the CWHL Championship Won the 2012 Clarkson Cup
2012–13 2nd Place Lost in the 2013 Clarkson Cup championship game to the Boston Blades
2013–14 1st Overall Did not qualify for Cup finals
2014–15 3rd Place Lost in the 2015 Clarkson Cup championship game to the Boston Blades
2015–16 1st Overall Lost in the 2016 Clarkson Cup championship game to the Calgary Inferno
2016–17 2nd Place Won the 2017 Clarkson Cup
2017-18 1st Overall Lost in the Semifinals

Awards and honorsEdit

CaptainsEdit

Season CaptainAssistant Captains
2007–08 Lisa-Marie Breton
2008–09 Lisa-Marie Breton
2009–10 Lisa-Marie Breton
2010–11 Lisa-Marie Breton Nathalie Dery, Caroline Ouellette, Kelly Sudia
2011–12 Lisa-Marie Breton Nathalie Dery, Caroline Ouellette, Kelly Sudia
2012–13 Lisa-Marie Breton
2013–14 Cathy Chartrand
2014–15 Cathy Chartrand
2015–16 Cathy Chartrand Caroline Ouellette, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Noémie Marin
2016–17 Marie-Philip Poulin Caroline Ouellette, Cathy Chartrand, Ann-Sophie Bettez


Coaching staff (2015–16)Edit

  • General Manager: Meg Hewings
  • Head Coach: Dany Brunet
  • Assistant Coach: Marc Beaudoin
  • Assistant Coach / Director of Player Development: Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux
  • Assistant Coach: Jenny Lavigne
  • Technical Coach: Kelly Sudia
  • Goaltending Coach: Gilles Charron
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jordan Burgess
  • Recruiter: Étienne Rouillard
  • Video Coach: Steve Lortie

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Scoring leadersEdit

Year-by-yearEdit

Season Leader (F)GPGAPts Leader (D)GPGAPtsPPGSHGGWG
2010–11[25] Caroline Ouellette 29 24 47 71 Annie Guay 29 13 19 32 Noemie Marin (6) Three tied with 2 Noemie Marin (7)
2011–12[26] Meghan Agosta 27 41 39 80 Catherine Ward 27 2 29 31 Four tied with 5 Agosta (2) Agosta (5)
2012–13[27] Meghan Agosta 23 16 30 46 Cathy Chartrand 23 5 15 20 Emmanuelle Blais (4) Three tied with 1 Five tied with 3
2013–14[28] Ann-Sophie Bettez 23 16 24 40 Cathy Chartrand 23 9 21 30 Vinny Davidson (8) Two tied with 2 Bettez (7)
2014–15 Caroline Ouellette 22 8 18 26 Cathy Chartrand 22 5 12 17 Noemie Marin (7) Ouellette (2)
2015–16 Marie-Philip Poulin 22 23 23 46 Lauriane Rougeau 22 2 17 19 Ann-Sophie Bettez (7) Caroline Ouellette (2) Ouellette (7)
2016–17 Marie-Philip Poulin 23 15 22 37 Cathy Chartrand 24 3 15 18 Caroline Ouellette tied with Jess Jones (5) Ann-Sophie Bettez (3) Marie-Philip Poulin (6)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kamila Hinkson (March 10, 2009). Breton a Busy Bee After the Stingers' Life. Concordian Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-01-21.
  2. Canadian Women's Hockey League (2009). 2007–08 CWHL Review. Retrieved on 2010-01-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Andrew Podnieks (2009). Montreal Wins First Clarkson Cup. IIHF News. Retrieved on 2010-01-21.
  4. Donna Spencer (2009). Clarkson will be on hand to award her cup. CTV Globemedia. Retrieved on 2010-01-21.
  5. Caroline Ouellette Named 2008–09 CWHL Most Valuable Player. CWHL (June 18, 2009). Retrieved on 2010-01-21.
  6. CWHL Player stats 2009–10. CWHL (2010). Retrieved on 2010-01-21.
  7. Staffieri, Mark (17 Mar 2014). Emmanuelle Blais becomes third Montreal Star to reach century mark this season. CWHL.
  8. Staffieri, Mark (30 January 2014). Memorable milestone for CWHL co-founder and Montreal Stars veteran Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux. CWHL.
  9. Staffieri, Mark (13 February 2014). Vinny Davidson becomes second Montreal Star to reach century mark in 2013-14 season. CWHL.
  10. MARIN HITS MILESTONE AS LES CANADIENNES SPLIT WEEKEND SET VS. BRAMPTON THUNDER. CWHL – Canadiennes de Montreal (2015-12-13). Retrieved on 2017-01-25.
  11. "Caroline Ouellette on verge of CWHL history", CBC Sports. (en) 
  12. "Canadiens partner with CWHL's Montreal Stars to grow women's game", The Globe and Mail, 19 March 2015. Retrieved on 12 January 2016. 
  13. The Montreal Canadiens enter a partnership with the Montreal Stars (19 March 2015). Retrieved on 12 January 2016.
  14. Montreal Stars reborn as Les Canadiennes de Montréal. NWHL (24 September 2015). Retrieved on 2016-08-23.
  15. "Montreal women's team gets new logo, name: Les Canadiennes", Sportsnet.ca, 24 September 2015. Retrieved on 12 January 2016. 
  16. Berkman, Seth. "Ice Problems and Injury Plague Women's Debut at the Winter Classic", The New York Times, 31 December 2015. Retrieved on 13 January 2016. 
  17. ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Zone Sports -. Un match historique et une victoire pour les Canadiennes au Centre Bell (fr-ca).
  18. Clarkson Cup's namesake ready to honour winning women's team (19 March 2009). Retrieved on 2010-01-21.
  19. 3 Stars selected go to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver (2010). Retrieved on 2010-01-21.
  20. 2010 Women's Olympic Hockey team Roster (2010). Retrieved on 2010-01-21.
  21. Helene (6 March 2011). Montreal players and fans give from the heart.
  22. Photo Gallery.
  23. "CAMPS - Les Canadiennes de Montreal", Les Canadiennes de Montreal. (en-US) 
  24. Les Canadiennes Coaching Staff.
  25. http://cwhlboston_hockey.stats.pointstreak.com/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=277086&seasonid=6347
  26. http://cwhlboston_hockey.stats.pointstreak.com/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=277086&seasonid=8067
  27. http://cwhl_site.stats.pointstreak.com/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=277086&seasonid=9580
  28. http://cwhl_site.stats.pointstreak.com/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=277086&seasonid=11441

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External news storyEdit

See alsoEdit


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