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Les Canadiennes start season with selection camp

31 players to take part including nine 2016 draft picks

Shanna Martin / Eyes on the Prize

Les Canadiennes are set to start their preparations for the season with 31 players attending the team's Selection Camp at the Complexe Bell in Brossard this weekend.

The only players from last year’s team not on the camp roster are goaltender Sydney Aveson, and forward/defender Chelsey Saunders. Melinda Prevost and Jessica Anderson, who were on the reserve roster are also not attending.

Everyone else is back and poised to bounce back from a season that saw a league-leading 21-3-0 regular season end with a championship game loss.

That includes the top four scorers in the CWHL in Marie-Philip Poulin, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Kim Deschênes, and Caroline Ouellette. Also returning is two-time defending CWHL goaltender of the year Charline Labonté, and defender of the year candidates Julie Chu and Lauriane Rougeau.

Chu will be a part-time player due to her commitment as the head coach at Concordia University. Noémie Marin, who is the head coach at John Abbott College and leads Canada's National Women's Development Program, is also returning.

The camp roster, even without Aveson, has four goaltenders battling for a spot behind Labonté.

Former Montreal Stars Catherine Herron, who has played 31 CWHL games from 2010-2015 and Jenny Lavigne, who has 41 career games and a Clarkson Cup championship in 2012 are in camp despite not playing last season.

Lavigne was part of the Canadiennes coaching staff last season and has not played in the CWHL since 2012-13. Herron played in the 2014-15 season, backing up Labonté.

They join draft picks Taylor Hough out of McGill University and Amanda Makela, most recently of the Buffalo Beauts in the NWHL.

Also of note is that Karell Emard, who played defence all of last season after being a forward for most of her hockey career, is listed as both a forward and defender. With four defenders added to the Montreal lineup in the draft, she may get an opportunity to go back up front.

Here is the full camp roster:

Update: Aveson will be playing in Austria this season, and Saunders has moved due to employment elsewhere. Montreal retains Aveson’s CWHL rights.