Les Canadiennes announced their roster for the 2017-18 season, and it is one that includes 10 players who were not on the roster a year ago, including seven rookies.
The team has Marie-Philip Poulin, Mélodie Daoust, and Lauriane Rougeau on the roster but they are centralized with the Canadian Olympic Team and will not return until after the Olympics if they make the final roster.
Caroline Ouellette has also been listed on the roster but she will not start the season either.
One name that isn’t on the roster is four-time Olympic medalist Julie Chu. Chu, who played a reduced role last year due to her head coaching job at Concordia University is not on the team’s active roster this season.
“Due to her other commitments this year, Julie felt there would be too many conflicts to be on the active roster. She is currently on our extended roster,” the team said in a statement to Eyes on the Prize.
Players on the extended roster in the past have played games in emergency situations, but it is not known whether Chu will be considered for those situations or if she will take the entire season off.
Les Canadiennes 2017-18 roster
|9||Kim Deschênes||Aug 7, 1991||L||Saint-Quentin, NB, Canada||F|
|10||Noémie Marin||Apr 5, 1984||L||Acton Vale, QC, Canada||F|
|13*||Caroline Ouellette||May 25, 1979||L||Montreal, QC, Canada||F|
|15*+||Mélodie Daoust||Jan 7, 1992||L||Valleyfield, QC, Canada||F|
|16||Sarah Lefort||Feb 9, 1994||L||Ormstown, QC, Canada||F|
|19||Katia Clement-Heydra||Nov 12, 1989||L||St-Bruno, QC, Canada||F|
|20||Jordanna Peroff||Jul 4, 1989||L||Keswick, ON, Canada||F|
|22+||Erinn Noseworthy||Mar 30, 1993||L||Appin, ON, Canada||F|
|24||Ann-Sophie Bettez||Oct 14, 1987||L||Sept îles, QC, Canada||F|
|25+||Lore Baudrit||Oct 11, 1991||R||Castres, France||F|
|29*||Marie-Philip Poulin||Mar 28, 1991||L||Beauceville, QC, Canada||F|
|39||Marion Allemoz||Jul 4, 1989||R||Chambéry, France||F|
|47||Emmanuelle Blais||Nov 7, 1987||R||Montreal, QC, Canada||F|
|76||Karell Emard||Apr 18, 1988||L||Ste-Angele de Monnoir, QC, Canada||F|
|78+||Tracy-Ann Lavigne||Mar 7, 1992||L||Montreal, QC, Canada||F|
|88+||Kayla Tutino||Dec 18, 1992||R||Lorraine, QC, Canada||F|
|5*||Lauriane Rougeau||Apr 12, 1990||L||Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada||D|
|7+||Nachi Fujimoto||May 7, 1991||R||Sapporo, Japan||D|
|8||Cathy Chartrand||May 8, 1981||L||Nominingue, QC, Canada||D|
|11+||Natalie Barrette||Oct 25, 1993||R||Belle River, ON, Canada||D|
|17||Melanie Desrochers||Apr 15, 1992||L||Welland, ON, Canada||D|
|23||Sophie Brault||Nov 2, 1988||L||St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada||D|
|51||Cassandra Poudrier||Dec 5, 1992||L||Mont-Laurier, QC, Canada||D|
|91+||Laurence Beaulieu||Dec 3, 1991||L||Stoneham, QC, Canada||D|
|31||Catherine Herron||Jun 24, 1983||L||Chambly, QC, Canada||G|
|35+||Marie-Soleil Deschenes||May 9, 1994||L||Ile-Bizard, QC, Canada||G|
|38+||Emerance Maschmeyer||May 10, 1994||L||Bruderheim, AB, Canada||G|
*- Player will not start the season with team
+- Player was not on Canadiennes last season
Emerance Maschmeyer is the biggest addition, as she takes over for the retired Charline Labonté.
The depth that was once there is not as apparent for Montreal this season, but it is an issue that goes through the league as many teams are missing their best players. However, this season provides a great opportunity for other players to make a name for themselves.
Four years ago, Ann-Sophie Bettez won the league MVP and scoring title and has dominated CWHL scoring since she has entered the league.
The Canadiennes’ season gets underway this weekend with two games against the Boston Blades. Saturday’s game is at the Bell Sports Complex while Sunday’s game will be the team’s first game at the Michel Normandin Arena at the Claude Robillard Sports Complex.
Kayla Tutino, the first overall pick in the 2016 CWHL Draft, is entering her second season in the league. She played all 24 games in her rookie season, but come Saturday she will do something she hasn’t done yet: play a regular season game in Montreal.
Last year when Tutino’s Boston Blades played their road games against Les Canadiennes, the team was in St-Georges de Beauce, about three hours east of the city.
Tutino is from Montreal, and was traded to Les Canadiennes over the summer. She played at Boston University for five seasons and before that played at the Ontario Hockey Academy.
“I haven’t played at home in a really long time, like nine years,” Tutino said. “I’m sure I’m going to have some family and a couple of friends come.”
To add to the fact that it is her first CWHL game in Montreal and with her new team, she’s also going to be playing against her former team.
“Obviously playing against former teammates it will be different but I want to win against them,” she said.
At Boston University, Tutino played with Canadiennes forward Sarah Lefort and has former Blades teammate Nachi Fujimoto on the team as well. Fujimoto was drafted by Montreal in 2016, and then traded to Boston at the end of training camp. Ironically, Tutino was traded to Montreal to complete the Fujimoto trade. Fujimoto was re-acquired from Boston later in the summer for a couple of draft picks.
“It’s nice knowing Lefort and coming back with Nachi from Boston,” Tutino said. “Obviously hockey is a small world so I was familiar with a couple of girls so when I came here and started getting on the ice with them it was a very easy transition and a lot of fun.”
Tutino, who is a Montreal Canadiens fan, will also play at the Bell Centre when Les Canadiennes face the Kunlun Red Star on November 11.
“Growing up as a female hockey player, looking up to the NHL, seeing the Bell Centre it’s loud, it’s packed,” Tutino said. “It’s definitely something I’m looking forward to.”
And an added bonus is that Tutino’s family won’t have to travel six hours each way to Boston to see her play most of her games.
Sarah Lefort is entering her second CWHL season as well. She had nine goals and six assists in 22 games last year and the sniper has been put into a good position to start the year.
With the veterans missing from the Canadiennes lineup, Lefort was put on a line with Katia Clement-Heydra and Ann-Sophie Bettez in the pre-season. That will likely be their top line going into the season, and it’s an opportunity that Lefort isn’t taking lightly.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Lefort said. “This year is a new year and we have a few slots in our lineup that need to be filled and whoever’s going to take it and run with it is going to deserve the playing time. Everybody has to fight for their spot, me as well.”