The Canadian Women’s Hockey League has announced the players who will take part in the league’s first all-star game in December in Toronto.
Nine Montreal Stars will take part including Olympic Team members Lauriane Rougeau, Caroline Ouellette, Julie Chu and Charline Labonte.
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One of the league’s co-creators and former Stars captain Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux and current captain Cathy Chartrand are also taking part as is reigning league MVP and leading scorer Ann-Sophie Bettez. Forwards Emmanuelle Blais and Carly Hill are the final two Stars.
The Stars are one of three teams with nine all-stars among the 42 selections. The fans will vote online for the two captains who will be in charge of their team’s first five selections. The other members will be chosen from a pickup hockey tradition: Players sticks will be thrown to each side.
The all-star game will be held at the Air Canada Centre and be free for all. The game will also be broadcast nationwide on Sportsnet as the league is looking to garner some attention for the great action it provides.
The Stars are currently tied for third place in the five-team league. Four teams make the year-end Clarkson Cup playoffs. Montreal has played more games than any other team in the league, but only one home game.
They are coming off of a split in Brampton against the Thunder and are getting set to play two games in Boston against the undefeated Blades. The games are Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
Montreal plays their next home games on November 29 and 30 when they host the defending champion Toronto Furies for two games.