The Canadian Women's Hockey League announced both the date and players for their annual All-Star Game yesterday. It will be held January 23 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto at 1 p.m.
Nine members of Les Canadiennes will be taking part in the game. League leading scorer Marie-Philip Poulin, Kim Deschênes and Katia Clement-Heydra will be making their All-Star Game debuts joining players who took part in last year's game: Charline Labonté, Julie Chu, Lauriane Rougeau, Cathy Chartrand, Ann-Sophie Bettez, and Caroline Ouellette.
This year's game will be three 20 minute periods (last year's was 15 minute periods). Like last year, fans will cast their vote for the two team captains who will then draft their starting lineup. The rest of the teams will be split using a pickup hockey stick-toss. Last year, Labonté was one of the two captains. Each team will end up with two goaltenders, six defenders and nine forwards.
Tickets for the All-Star Game will be available online via Ticketmaster starting on Monday, December 14. Tickets are $10 and groups of 12 or more can get a discounted $5 rate. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday. The game will also be broadcast on Sportsnet on tape delay (3 p.m.).
To see the full rosters click here.