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Les Canadiennes season review: Caroline Ouellette

One of the best hockey players of all time had another great season

Shanna Martin

Caroline Ouellette is a legend. She may be overshadowed by the fame of Hayley Wickenheiser and the emergence of Marie-Philip Poulin, but make no mistake: Ouellette is without a doubt one of the best hockey players ever, and should be a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Ouellette was moved to the team’s second line late in the season, but still finished fourth in CWHL scoring with 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 24 games. In her eight games after the switch, she had points in seven of them and 15 points overall.

She extended her lead as the all-time leading scorer in the CWHL and now has 278 career points in only 148 regular season games.

If you count her statistics in the old NWHL (the CWHL’s predecessor, not related to the current league), she has 509 points in 278 professional games.

You might think that she is on the decline. Think again. All she did in three playoff games is lead the entire CWHL in scoring with four goals and six assists; one point ahead of Rebecca Johnston. Six of those points were in game two of the CWHL semi-final against Toronto, setting a playoff record.

She is the prototypical power forward. If you watch any game you are sure to see her drive the puck down the left wing and create a scoring chance.

Another key aspect to her game is her amazing wrist shot. She can use it at any time and create scoring opportunities with her strength even when there wasn’t one there before.

It’s what keeps her on top of the scoring charts even though she may not be as fast as she once was.

As you can see here, she starts an innocent looking rush that is well covered, takes her time and scores anyway.

She is one of the players who is in the community the most. She runs her own hockey camps for girls and even held a celebration of girl’s hockey earlier this year that she hopes to turn into an annual event. This on top of what the team does as well.

She also was part of the coaching staff of the first all-girls team to take part in the Quebec City pee-wee tournament. Coaching is definitely something she is interested in as she approaches her next career.

Ouellette took the loss in the Clarkson Cup Final very hard, and did not say what her future holds when it comes to playing.

One thing is for sure. If she does return, she will be a huge part of Les Canadiennes' success.