Les Canadiennes will look to get back to the top of the CWHL this season and the year begins with the team’s annual selection camp. The roster for the camp was announced today. The camp will start September 20.
The biggest names on the roster are the returning Olympians, most of whom took last year off from the CWHL. Marie-Philip Poulin, Mélodie Daoust, Jillian Saulnier, and Geneviève Lacasse join Hilary Knight and Lauriane Rougeau on the roster.
It will be the first official activity for Saulnier and Lacasse with the Canadiennes. Daoust did previously play two games for the Montreal Stars in 2010-11 before attending McGill University but it will be her first action with the team after being their first-round pick in 2017.
It will also be the first time that Knight and Poulin will be on the same roster for a professional team. The two have been at or near the top of the sport for years, and now have the opportunity to be teammates.
Joining the Olympians is a very good group of returning veterans that includes Erin Ambrose, Emerance Maschmeyer, Ann-Sophie Bettez, and Sarah Lefort. Ambrose, Maschmeyer and Lefort were at Team Canada’s camp earlier this month.
The team did suffer some key departures from last season. Eight players, including some of the best CWHL players in history, retired and a total of 12 players will not be returning from last year’s team.
The team will also play three exhibition games against university opponents to prepare for the season. They will play a free game against Concordia University at the Michel Normandin arena on September 23 at 2:30 p.m. Then they play the University of Montreal at 7:30 on October 4 at CEPSUM, and the McGill Martlets October 5, also at 7:30 at Michel Normandin arena.
The regular season gets under way October 13 at Place Bell against the Calgary Inferno.
Notably, Caroline Ouellette is not listed on the roster, but she has not announced her retirement as of yet, either.
Les Canadiennes 2018-19 selection camp roster
Marie-Soleil Deschênes (2017-18: 1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 100 sv%)
Geneviève Lacasse (2017-18: Team Canada, Olympics)
Emerance Maschmeyer (2017-18: 18-4-0, 1.78 GAA, .920 sv%)
Kelsey Neumann (2018 Draft Pick)
Maude Nicol (2018 Draft Pick)
Marie-Joëlle Allard (2018 Draft Pick)
Erin Ambrose (2017-18: 16 GP 2G-14A=16P)
Sophie Brault (2017-18: 26 GP 0G-9A=9P)
Catherine Daoust (2018 Draft Pick)
Melanie Desrochers (2017-18: 28 GP 3G-6A=9P)
Emma Martin (2018 Draft Pick)
Lauriane Rougeau (2017-18: Team Canada, Olympics - 2GP 0G-0A=0P, CWHL)
Taylor Willard (2018 Draft Pick)
Olivia Atkinson (2018 Draft Pick)
Geneviève Bannon (2018 Draft Pick)
Ann-Sophie Bettez (28GP 20G-21A=41P)
Katia Clement-Heydra (2017-18: 28 GP 12G-14A=26P)
Mélodie Daoust (2017-18: Team Canada, Olympics)
Kim Deschênes (2017-18: 22GP 5G-5A=10P)
Karell Emard (2017-18: 27GP 7G-14A=21P)
Maude Gélinas (2018 Draft Pick)
Hilary Knight (2017-18: Team USA, Olympics - 1GP 0G-0A=0P, CWHL)
Cindy Laurin (2017 Draft Pick)
Tracy-Ann Lavigne (2017-18: 27GP 2G-3A=5P)
Sarah Lefort (2017-18: 28GP 18G-12A=30P)
Marie-Philip Poulin (2017-18: Team Canada, Olympics)
Jillian Saulnier (2017-18: Team Canada, Olympics)
We will have more on the players at camp before the season gets underway.