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Les Canadiennes de Montreal Player Profile: Carly Hill

Our Canadiennes player profiles continue with CWHL All-Star Carly Hill.

Shanna Martin

Carly Hill is one of the more versatile players for Les Canadiennes de Montreal. Hill played forward at McGill University where she was a member of the Martlets for five years, winning three CIS championships and being part of their 108-game Quebec Conference winning streak. She also represented Canada twice: at the World University Games and at the Winter Universiade winning Gold in 2009 in China.

She has spent the last few seasons as a defender for the Montreal Stars and has played well there at this level. She only played 14 games last year, managing just one assist, but was also only called for one minor penalty all season. In the playoffs, she had three assists in three games.

She represented the team in the first CWHL All-Star Game in Toronto last year. She has two goals and 27 assists in 79 career games and is poised once again to be relied on by Les Canadiennes. Last season was her first CWHL season where she was not at least a +12 in plus/minus.

Hill won't blow you away with any one part of her game but is a very steady blueliner. She plays on the power play, and if you look at her assists, they are mostly from putting her forwards in strong positions. Her forward instincts and puck skills do make her an asset on the back end.

On the power play, she plays with either Lauriane Rougeau or Cathy Chartrand — players who can shoot from the blue line — and Hill's job is to support. It's why she may not have overwhelming offensive numbers, but is still a big contributor for Montreal.

In addition to the three championships won with the Martlets at McGill, she holds the school record for games played with 231.

Hill represented Quebec at the 2003 Canada Winter Games and won the Silver Medal. She started playing ringuette at age five and switched to hockey at nine.