Montreal, Quebec (October 13, 2015) – Les Canadiennes de Montréal have finalized their roster for the 2015-16 season, General Manager Meg Hewings announced today.
The group features one of the team’s deepest rookie classes to date, headlined by two-time Olympic gold medallist Marie-Philip Poulin and featuring fellow standouts Katia Clement-Heydra, Karell Emard and Leslie Oles, among numerous others. The new recruits will join returning veterans Caroline Ouellette, Julie Chu, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Lauriane Rougeau, captain Cathy Chartrand and reigning CWHL Goaltender of the Year Charline Labonté as the team kicks off its ninth CWHL season.
The season gets under way on Saturday, Oct. 17, when Les Canadiennes host the Brampton Thunder at 5:30 p.m. at Etienne-Desmarteau Arena. The game will mark the first time fans will get to see the entire 2015-16 roster sporting the new team jersey. Following the game, those in attendance will be invited on the ice to skate with Les Canadiennes, and get photos and autographs from their hockey heroines. (Fans are asked to bring their skates with them to the arena. Children must be wearing helmets.)
The series continues against the Thunder with a second match-up on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets to see Les Canadiennes play at Étienne-Desmarteau Arena are on sale now. Fans purchasing season tickets will not only get access to all 12 home games and the CWHL All-Star Game but those buying by Oct. 17 are entered to win the new jersey, signed by the entire team. Individual tickets are $15 per person, free for all children under the age of 6. Family packs and discounts for groups or teams of 10 or more are also available.
All can be purchased by visiting lescanadiennes.com/tickets.
The team will practice twice this week, on Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Étienne-Desmarteau
Arena. Media are asked to confirm their presence in advance.
About the CWHL
The Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally run women's hockey league in the world. A not?for?profit organization, the league is dedicated to raising the profile of women's hockey, while providing a place for the best female hockey players in North America to train and compete. Affordably priced, all CWHL games showcase speed, finesse and skill. Since its inception in 2007, the CWHL has supported all teams in their season of home/away games, as well as charity and exhibition games in the community. Each season has culminated in an exciting playoff tournament where the top teams play?off for the Clarkson Cup, the equivalent of the Stanley Cup in women's hockey.