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Les Canadiennes Season Review: Carly Hill

Carly Hill combines strong play with strong community involvement for Les Canadiennes

Shanna Martin

Carly Hill was a staple on Les Canadiennes blue line, playing on the second defensive pairing for most of the season, with captain Cathy Chartrand. Hill is one of only two right handed shots on Montreal's roster along with Julie Chu, making her an invaluable asset on the back end.

Hill is a graduate of McGill University, where she won three CIS championships with the Martlets. She was a forward in her college days, but has spent her CWHL career playing defence for Montreal. Most of Les Canadiennes blue liners are forwards converted to defence (with the exception of Cathy Chartrand and Lauriane Rougeau).

This season, Hill was seventh on the team in plus/minus with a +20 on the season, a career best. She also earned six assists (including one on the powerplay), to go with her eight penalty minutes. But Hill's contributions to the team aren't only on the ice.

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Photo Credit: Shanna Martin

A fan-favourite, Hill always makes time for her fans, notably her number one fan, Olivia Springhetti.

"She's sweet, she's kind, she's beautiful, she's a good teammate, she skates really well. She's my BFF," Olivia said.

Not only does the 30 year old always make time for her fans, but Hill makes it a priority to give back to the community as well. Hill, along with Leslie Oles, Sara Lachance and others from the Canadiennes organization, went to Cedars Breast Clinic at the MUHC for their annual visit, to get a tour and see some of the work being done at the clinic for women suffering from breast cancer. The visit was ahead of Les Canadiennes' annual Pink in the Rink game, benefiting the Cedars Breast Clinic.

"We all have family members that we've known, or friends, or people that we know well that have gone through this, who have had cancer, and who have had to go to the hospital here," she said during the visit. "I think if we can help them out somehow, it's worth it."