MONTREAL STARS SET SIGHTS ON SEASON TICKET BOOST
(Montreal, Quebec) July 28, 2015 – With the recent launch of the 2015-16 Canadian Women’s Hockey League schedule and season ticket drive, the Montreal Stars, proud partners of the Montreal Canadiens, have set their sights on once again increasing the team’s steadily rising attendance.
The list of Olympic gold medallists on the roster grows by one next season with the addition of world-renowned forward Marie-Philip Poulin. She joins reigning CWHL Goaltender of the Year Charline Labonté, Caroline Ouellette, Lauriane Rougeau and four-time Team USA Olympic medallist Julie Chu as Montreal once again looks to contend for the Clarkson Cup.
"We have one of the best women's professional hockey clubs in the world right here in Montreal," said Stars general manager Meg Hewings. "Next season, we challenge more Montrealers, and fans of women's hockey, to come out and see these incredible players in action. Everyone watched the Olympic gold medal game in awe. Why not come cheer on these same players in Montreal next season?"
The Stars’ attendance numbers have been on the rise since the team launched in 2008, and the new partnership with the Canadiens aims to help the visibility and needed recognition of the female game in Quebec. Only 6,000 young girls play hockey in the province, compared to over 35,000 in Ontario.
The organization will roll out a rebranding of the team prior to the 2015-16 season, with the goal of reaching more fans and inspiring new ones.
"The Montreal Stars are already a storied franchise, having won the Clarkson Cup – the CWHL equivalent of the Stanley Cup – three times, the most in the league's history, but many fans simply don't know that we exist. Once they come to a game once, they're hooked," explained Hewings.
The Stars will once again play at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena in Rosemont (1,200 capacity, plus standing room) this season and also plans four games at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard (800 capacity, plus standing room). With the goal of selling out season tickets, the team will be running a drive among Quebec companies and minor youth hockey associations to encourage young girls and boys to attend games.
Season tickets are on sale now and are available for the early bird price of $140 until July 31. The season ticket package includes admission to all 12 home games and the CWHL All-Star Game, giving fans the opportunity to see the likes of Olympians Hayley Wickenheiser (Calgary Inferno), Brianne Jenner (Calgary Inferno), Haley Irwin (Calgary Inferno), Laura Fortino (Brampton Thunder) and Natalie Spooner (Toronto Furies), among many others, as their respective teams visit Montreal.
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