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Caroline Ouellette to return to Les Canadiennes this weekend

Three months after giving birth, Ouellette returns to action.

Shanna Martin / Eyes on the Prize

After taking a leave of absence to give birth to her daughter in November, Les Canadiennes have announced that Caroline Ouellette will return to action this weekend.

Ouellette comes back for the stretch drive and will instantly improve the Canadiennes depth this year. Of note, she is currently tied with Jayna Hefford for most CWHL goals all-time at 130. Her next goal gets her the record for herself.

Ouellette returned to practice in early January and played exhibition games in December at Concordia University’s Theresa Humes tournament.

It remains to be seen what role she will play with the Canadiennes.

She is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, and four-time Clarkson Cup champion. Two years ago, her Olympic teammate Meghan Mikkelson returned after giving birth as well, and ended up winning the Clarkson Cup with the Calgary Inferno.

Montreal plays three games against the Vanke Rays this weekend, starting Saturday at 5:30 p.m. then Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30. All games are at the Michel Normandin Arena.