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Les Canadiennes season review: Katia Clement-Heydra

The rookie forward came on strong in the second half.

Shanna Martin

Katia Clement-Heydra’s coming out party started in January.

The second-round pick in the most recent CWHL Draft had played 10 games and had five points at that point. She was named to the CWHL All-Star Game that would take place later that month, and her game kept improving from there.

On January 3, she had a two-goal, three-point game against the Boston Blades. It was the start of a six-game point streak that saw her get 10 points. In all she had 15 points in the final 13 games of the regular season.

At the All-Star Game, she stuck out among the league’s best players and was even awarded a penalty shot in the game.

By the end of the season, she was playing on Montreal’s second line with Caroline Ouellette and Noémie Marin. She was one of the league’s three nominees for Rookie of the Year.

Once Ouellette went onto that line, it gave the rookie more responsibility defensively. Not only was she trusted in that role, she played centre on the line with two of the more experienced forwards on the team.

She went scoreless in three playoff games, but was a +2.

Her biggest goal of the season came on February 14. Montreal had a 1-0 lead over the Calgary Inferno in a battle for first place. A win would have meant that the Canadiennes clinched first place.

Clement-Heydra potted home a rebound to open a 2-0 lead. In turned out to be the game-winning goal and Les Canadiennes were on their way to first place with a 2-1 win.

Clement-Heydra, like a lot of her teammates, takes part in community events such as hockey games for charity and has represented the team at events during the season and throughout the off-season. You’ll rarely see her without a smile on her face.

Going into her second CWHL campaign, her days of flying under the radar may be over.