Montréal Stars represent on Team Canada
(Montréal, Québec) Monday January 27, 2014 – The Montréal Stars are very proud of six of their players who will defend their championship gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sochi, including Caroline Ouellette, who will wear the « C » as the captain of Team Canada, and Catherine Ward, who will wear an “A”. While the Stars are well represented on Canadian Team, they also have one player competing for Team USA, former captain, Julie Chu.
The CWHL allows former university and college players, and national team members, to pursue their hockey career between key international tournaments. The following is a list of CHWL players who will compete for Canadian, American and Swiss Olympic teams:
Montréal Stars 6 CAN / 1 USA
Calgary Inferno 3 CAN
Toronto Furies 3 CAN
Brampton Thunder 2 CAN / 1 USA / 1 SWI 1 CAN / 7 USA
Boston Blades 6 CAN / 1 USA
“We are very proud of the number of our local Stars who will be competing at the Games in Sotchi,” said Meg Hewings, Montréal Stars’ general manager. “This is a testament to the talent and discipline of these magnificent athletes, but also to the ongoing support provided by the Montreal club, and the larger context of the CWHL. Our league is now the uncontested training ground for the most talented players competing in North America, and we hope that the league will continue to benefit from the growing support for women's hockey to develop into the first truly viable professional league for women.”
THE MONTRÉAL STARS PLAYERS IN SOCHI
Caroline Ouellette - Captain
A member of Team Canada since 1999, Caroline has had a proficient international career: 3-time Olympic gold medalist (2002, 2006, 2010), 7-time gold medalist and 4-time silver medalist at the IIHF World Championships. A member of the Montréal Stars for the past five seasons, she ranked 5th in the CWHL’s leading scorers last season, 2nd in 2011-12, and was the leading scorer in 2010-11. She has contributed to three Clarkson Cup victories with the club. She is actively involved in her community, including as an ambassador for many sports associations and philanthropic endeavours. An advocate for raising awareness about breast cancer, she is also co-founder of Athletichub.com, an RBC Olympian Ambassador, and actively involved in Right to Play. She is also regularly invited into studios as a hockey analyst, both for NHL- and IIHF-related events. A Montréal native who lives in Rosemont, the Montréal Stars play at Étienne Desmarteau, on the rink surfaced named after Caroline.
Catherine Ward – Alternate Captain
Catherine’s exceptional skills on the blue line have earned her an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver, as well as one gold ant three slivers at the IIHF Women’s World Championships. She has been a member of Team Canada since 2009 and one of the few women hockey players to become a member of the Triple Gold Club (winner of an Olympic gold medal, World Championship title and Clarkson Cup). She has played two seasons with the Montréal Stars, participating in two Clarkson Cup finals, and was named CWHL Defense of the Year in 2013 and MVP of the Clarkson Cup Tournament in 2013. Born and raised in Montréal, she contributed to McGill’s victory at the CIS National Championships in 2009, where she was named MVP and player of the year. She also played for the University of Boston and helped the team reach the NCAA Frozen Four tournament. She has a master degree in Business Administration.
Meghan has been a member of Team Canada since 2004, and is a two-time gold medallist, in 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games. She was named MVP of the tournament in Vancouver. She has collected four IIHF Women's World Championships titles, two gold and two silver, was named on the NCAA All-American and earned the CHA Player of the Year award. Since being drafted to the Montreal Stars in 2011-12, she has made her mark on the CWHL (and the history books), becoming the first player to win the Angela James Bowl twice in a row and establishing an all-time CWHL record for points (80 points in 27 games, during her rookie season). She married Hamilton Bulldogs' video coach Marco Marciano in 2013.
A member of Team Canada since 2001 and one of the three goalies named to the team in Sochi, Charline is a two-time Olympic gold medallist (2006, 2010) as well as two-time gold and five-time silver medalist at Women’s World Championships, where she was named best goalie in 2009. She joined the Montréal Stars last season, finishing the year with a goals-against-average of 2.19 in 14 games. She is one of 2 women to ever play men’s major junior hockey (Acadie-Bathurst T itans in the LHJMQ) and help McGill win 3 of 4 CIS Championships. She was named Female athlete of the year at McGill in 2008 and 2009. She will soon complete a master degree in sport psychology.
Haley is an Olympic gold medalist (2010), as well as one gold ant three slivers at the IIHF Women’s World Championships. Originating from Thunder Bay, she joined the Montréal Stars last season, finishing in 11th place in points in the CWHL. During her degree at Minnesota Duluth University, she dominated in points and points/game in the WCHA, earning the Recruit of the year award. She was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.
One of the youngest players on the national team, Lauriane has won gold and silver at World Championships. She was drafted by the Montréal Stars prior to this season and will return to the team after the Olympic Games. In 2009, she helped the Stars win their first Clarkson Cup victory. Last season, she led as Cornell University to the NCAA Frozen Four tournament as captain. She was also nomination for the Patty Kazmaier Award.
Julie Chu (Team USA)
Team USA member since 2000, Julie earned three Olympic silver medals (2002, 2006, 2010). She was the national team captain over the past two seasons and won five gold and four silver medals at Worlds. She has played three seasons with the Montréal Stars, ranking 5th in the CWHL in points during her rookie season. Over four years at Harvard University, she established a record for the highest number of assists in the NCAA and won the coveted Patty Kazmaier Award in 2007 for best female collegiate hockey player. She holds the distinction of being the only player in the CWHL to have won three Clarkson Cups, with two different teams. She is the assistant women’s hockey coach at Union College in New York state.
Information and interviews: