Going into this season, I had high praise for Noémie Marin ("the best forward you’ve never heard of") and while she didn’t perform the way she did last year, she was still a significant contributor to Les Canadiennes.
She had seven goals and eight assists in 22 games for Montreal last season while being a mainstay on their second line. She started the year with veteran Emmanuelle Blais and sophomore Kim Deschênes, with whom Marin had great chemistry with at the end of last season.
Rookie forward Katia Clement-Heydra moved her way up to that line early in the year, and then they made the switch that really helped the team grow.
In the second half of the year, the team switched Deschênes and Caroline Ouellette and that provided a spark to the line. Marin had 10 of her 15 points after the switch, which took place before the team’s game against the Calgary Inferno on January 30. In that game, she had her first two-point game of the season.
She had a two goal, two assist game on February 20 against the Boston Blades. She also scored a goal in Montreal’s Clarkson Cup loss to Calgary in Ottawa.
Marin is one of the best scorers in the CWHL’s history. She recorded her 200th point on December 13th against Brampton and currently sits 22 points behind Jayna Hefford for second in all-time CWHL scoring. Ouellette is first. She has won three Clarkson Cups.
She played this season while being the head coach of John Abbott College’s women’s hockey team. It was her first season in the role.