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Les Canadiennes season review: Cathy Chartrand

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Montreal’s captain really raised her defensive game this season

Shanna Martin

They call Les Canadiennes captain Cathy Chartrand "P.K." after the former Canadiens defenceman for her booming shot from the point, but in reality, the person Subban was traded for - Shea Weber - is probably the better comparison.

She is 5’10" and is taller than most players in the league and is a strong presence on the Montreal blue line.

She had three goals and 12 assists this season, which is a low total for her, accentuated by the fact that she had no power play goals. She had a goal and four assists in three playoff games as well. She was not on the first power play unit most of the year, with that going to Julie Chu, Lauriane Rougeau, Caroline Ouellette, Marie-Philip Poulin and Ann-Sophie Bettez.

Her three regular season goals was the lowest total she has accumulated in her professional career, going back to 1999-2000 when she was a 18 year old in the old NWHL. She did take six years off in most part to play at McGill University while she was studying.

Chartrand scored one of the biggest goals of the team's season. In a game against Brampton on February 6, she scored the game-tying goal with under 30 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. Montreal eventually won the game in a shootout. The goal was officially a shorthanded goal with the goalie pulled because the team had someone in the penalty box.

Where she really made her mark this season was defensively. She would be seen dropping down to block shots or passes on rushes and may have been the team’s best defender. It was an area of her game that definitely improved. Plus/Minus is not the best statistic but she finished +23 this year.

She played in the team’s second pairing with Carly Hill for most of the season, in addition to her special teams play.

Chartrand is known for her shot, which needs to be protected which leaves more room down low for her teammates. She did have three power play assists this year, but goals like this have become her calling card.

She was the CWHL’s Defenceman of the Year in 2013-14 when she was also fourth in league scoring. She now has 22 career goals in 92 games. She had four multi-point games this season plus a three point game in game two of the CWHL semi-final against Toronto and a two assist game in the Clarkson Cup final vs Calgary.