Les Canadiennes de Montréal
Clarkson Cup Champions 2017
Championnnes de le Coupe Clarkson
Kim Deschenes, Noémie Marin, Alyssa Sherrard, Caroline Ouellette, Sarah Lefort, Katia Clement-Heydra, Jordanna Peroff, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Marie-Philip Poulin, Marion Allemoz, Emmanuelle Blais, Emilie Bocchia, Leslie Oles, Lauriane Rougeau, Karell Emard, Carly Hill, Cathy Chartrand, Brittney Fouracres, Melanie Desrochers, Julie Chu, Sophie Brault, Cassandra Poudrier, Catherine Herron, Charline Labonté
Head Coach - Dany Brunet
Assistant Coach - Marc Beaudoin
Assistant Coach - Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux
Assistant Coach - Jenny Lavigne
Les Canadiennes de Montreal defeated the Calgary Inferno 3 – 1, on Sunday at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa to win the 2017 Clarkson Cup. The 2017 Clarkson Cup title is the 4th in the Montreal team’s history. The game was Montreal’s 7th total and 3rd straight appearance in the Final.
Les Canadiennes de Montreal Captain and 2017 CWHL MVP Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, QC) scored the game-winner at 5:24 of the 2nd period with an assist from Cathy Chartrand (Nominingue, QC) and Julie Chu (Fairfield, CT). Montreal opened the scoring, with Katia Clement-Heydra (St-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC) getting the scoring started at 12:36 of the 1st period with assists from Noémie Marin (Acton Vale, QC) and Karell Emard (Marieville, QC).
Poulin scored shortly into the second to give Montreal a 2 – 0 lead, which they held until late in the 3rd when Calgary’s Jill Saulnier (Halifax, NS) scored at 12:57 of the 3rd period to bring the Inferno within one.
Montreal made the most of an Inferno empty net, and Poulin put the finishing touches on the Montreal victory with an empty net goal at 18:08 of the 3rd.
2017 CWHL Goalie of the Year Charline Labonte (Boisbriand, QC) stood tall for Les Canadiennes in net, turning away 26 of 27 shots and claimed both the game’s first star and the Clarkson Cup Playoff MVP titles to go alongside her first Clarkson Cup. Les Canadiennes Marie-Philip Poulin was named the game’s 2nd star and Calgary Inferno forward Jill Saulnier the 3rd star.
The 2017 Clarkson Cup was the 9th annual CWHL championship presented by Scotiabank and the 2nd in partnership with the Ottawa Senators. The Calgary Inferno and Les Canadiennes de Montreal reached the Clarkson Cup Final after defeating Toronto and Brampton respectively in their best-of-three playoff series semi-finals last weekend.
Article from Sasky Stewart at http://www.thecwhl.com
First awarded in 2006 to Canada’s National Women’s Team, the Clarkson Cup was commissioned by the Right Honorable Madame Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada. Her dream was to create a trophy that would be played for by North America’s top women’s hockey club teams. It was first awarded in 2008 to that year’s CWHL champions, the Montreal Stars. Since then, it has become a coveted prize for all female players and is widely regarded as the ultimate achievement in our game. In 2013, the Clarkson Cup was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.