(Montreal, Quebec) July 3, 2015 – The Montreal Stars announced on Friday that CWHL co-founder and original team captain Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux has been named Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development.
“Lisa-Marie has been a driving force behind the Montreal Stars club and the CWHL, and instrumental in creating the championship culture that defines our club. We're thrilled to have her join the coaching staff next season,” said Stars general manager Meg Hewings. “Lisa-Marie's passion, intensity and discipline is widely respected by all of our players, and in this new role, we're confident she will continue to inspire the team and set the standard of excellence.”
Breton-Lebreux, who announced her retirement in March, joins the Stars’ coaching and hockey operations staff after eight seasons as a CWHL player, all with Montreal. During that time, she helped the team to a league-best three Clarkson Cups, including the league’s first-ever back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. In 2013-14, the Saint-Zacharie, Que., native recorded her 100th career CWHL point and was the recipient of the prestigious Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award, presented annually by Hockey Canada to a leader and pioneer in women’s hockey.
She is the newest member of an award-winning coaching staff, led by head coach Dany Brunet, who was named CWHL Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 campaign at the league’s annual awards banquet during the Clarkson Cup festivities.
"I am excited to be joining the Montreal organization in this new capacity,” Breton-Lebreux said. “Coaching is probably the only role I still haven't occupied with the club, and I'm thrilled to be able to share my vision of the game with younger players, and continue to have a role in shaping the club and creating another chapter in the club's storied history."
Breton-Lebreux previously spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the Concordia Stingers’ women’s hockey team and currently runs the strength and conditioning program for all of Concordia University’s varsity teams. Over the course of her illustrious hockey career, Breton-Lebreux appeared in five CWHL Clarkson Cup championship games, five Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) finals, nine Esso National Championships, and won a gold medal at the World Roller Hockey Championships in 2006.
The 2015 CWHL Draft will take place on Sunday, Aug. 23. The most talented female hockey players in the world continue to choose the CWHL for their professional hockey career. More details on the draft can be found on CWHL’s website.
Poised for its most successful year ever, the CWHL will announce its 2015-16 schedule in the coming weeks.