Eight members of Les Canadiennes have announced their retirement before the 2018-19 season, including all-time leading CWHL goal-scorer Noémie Marin, and Cathy Chartrand, the highest scoring defender in league history.
“Today, we say a goodbye to some incredible players who have left an indelible mark on Les Canadiennes, and given heart and soul to their teammates and this organization,” said Les Canadiennes general manager Meg Hewings in a press release.
Marin had 133 goals over her CWHL career, two goals ahead of teammate Caroline Ouellette for the CWHL record. She had 257 points over her CWHL career, good for second all-time. She is one of the two players, along with Ouellette, to be a part of all four Canadiennes Clarkson Cup championships.
Chartrand had 122 CWHL points in 144 games over her CWHL career, good for 13th all-time in league history, but she is the top defender on the list. She is a two-time Defender of the Year award winner, claiming the title in 2014 and 2018.
Emmanuelle Blais won three Clarkson Cups with the Canadiennes. She had 52 goals and her 134 points see her in a tie for ninth spot in CWHL history.
Cassandra Poudrier announced her retirement after suffering an injury that ended her season and eventually her career. She told the team last season she would be retiring, and was part of the coaching staff for the remainder of the season. The 25-year-old defender had four goals and 19 assists in 42 career games.
Catherine Herron won three Clarkson Cups and had a 36-12 regular season record in her CWHL career.
Kayla Tutino, Laurence Beaulieu, and Natalie Barrette all played one year with the Canadiennes. Tutino was the first overall pick in the 2016 CWHL Draft by the Boston Blades and had nine goals and 11 assists in 52 games. She had seven goals and eight assists in 28 games last year.
Beaulieu had a goal and two assists in 27 games last year and will pursue a career outside of hockey. Barrette had five assists in 25 games and will join the coaching staff at her alma mater, the University of Windsor.
The team also confirmed that Erinn Noseworthy will leave the team. She was in pre-season camp with the Toronto Furies. Nachi Fujimoto, Lore Baudrit, and Marion Allemoz will be continuing their careers in Europe.
With the influx of drafted players and the return and addition of many Olympians, the replacements for these players will come from that group.
Les Canadiennes will announce their training camp schedule and players attending camp later this month. Their season opens October 13 against the Calgary Inferno.