Last year’s CWHL MVP and Les Canadiennes captain Marie-Philip Poulin is one of six Montreal players to be named to the 2016-17 CWHL All-Star Game to be held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The six Canadiennes are behind the seven members of the Calgary Inferno and Brampton Thunder and eight from the Toronto Furies.
Two more players are to be named to the game.
Alongside Poulin is two-time reigning CWHL goaltender of the year Charline Labonté, two-time all-star Ann-Sophie Bettez, and Canadian national program members Sarah Lefort, Lauriane Rougeau and Cassandra Poudrier. Lefort and Poudrier are rookies.
Notably absent from the list are CWHL leading scorer Caroline Ouellette, and Julie Chu, one of last year’s captains. It should be noted that the Quebec Pee-Wee tournament is February 8-19 so it could explain Ouellette’s absence.
Montreal had nine players at last year’s game.
The CWHL will hold an online vote starting January 11 to name the two captains. The captains will be responsible for picking their starting lineup. The rest of the teams will be selected by a stick toss, similar to what you would see in a pickup hockey game.
Tickets are available here for the game. It will be held on February 11 at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets are $10. The teams will be chosen the night before at the Frozen Fantasy Draft.