2011–12 CWHL season

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The 2011–12 CWHL season was the fifth in league history. Regular season play begun on October 22, 2011, as the defending champion Montreal Stars host the Brampton Thunder. The league expanded from five teams to six as Team Alberta (CWHL) joined the league for competitive play. The 2012 Clarkson Cup in Niagara Falls was also contested between the Stars and Thunder, with Montreal winning its second consecutive title.

Offseason[edit]

News and notes[edit]

  • April 19: The league announced on April 19, 2011, that it would merge with the Western Women's Hockey League for the 2011-12 season. The merger will feature one team based in Edmonton and Calgary and is a combination of the former WWHL franchises the Edmonton Chimos and Strathmore Rockies. The team will play their games in various locations around Alberta.[1] Strathmore Rockies founder Samantha Holmes-Domagala, will join the sponsorship division of the CWHL and look after the requirements of the expansion team.[2]
  • July 21, 2011: Philanthropist Joan Snyder donated $2 million to Winsport Canada. The goal is to ensure priority rink access to female hockey players at all levels, and help expand the Canadian Women's Hockey League with the creation of Team Alberta. Part of the donation will cover the new addition to the Athletic and Ice Complex at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. This will serve as the future home to Hockey Canada. In addition, there shall be four hockey rinks, one of which will be aptly called the Joan Snyder Rink. Team Alberta will benefit with the allocation of free practice time, a dressing room exclusive to the club.[3]

CWHL Draft[edit]

The following are the first ten overall picks in the CWHL Draft. For further detail, please see 2011 CWHL Draft

Pick Player Team
1 Meghan Agosta Montreal Stars
2 Molly Schaus Boston Blades
3 Meaghan Mikkelson Team Alberta (CWHL)
4 Vicki Bendus Brampton Thunder
5 Jesse Scanzano Toronto CWHL
6 Courtney Birchard Brampton Thunder
7 Catherine Ward Montreal Stars
8 Meghan Duggan Boston Blades
9 Bobbi-Jo Slusar Team Alberta
10 Sommer West Burlington Barracudas

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NCAA exhibition[edit]

Date CWHL team NCAA school Score CWHL goal scorers
Oct. 25, 2011 Brampton Thunder Cornell Big Red women's ice hockey Cornell, 6-0[5] None
Nov. 2, 2011 Brampton Thunder Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey Brampton, 3-1 Jayna Hefford, Jesse Scanzano, Vicki Bendus[6]
  • On November 2, 2011, Scanzano was on loan from the Toronto Furies, as she appeared in one game for the Brampton Thunder. The game was an exhibition contest versus her alma mater, the Mercyhurst Lakers.[7] In the second period of said contest, Scanzano scored the game-winning goal as the Thunder defeated the Lakers by a 3-1 tally.[8]

Regular season[edit]

News and notes[edit]

  • October 13, 2011: The CWHL will participate in two charity hockey games for cancer research at Windsor Arena. The event is called 'Stick It To Cancer' and the Montreal Stars will compete versus the Toronto Furies in two games on Nov. 26 and 27. The campaign is being organized in partnership by the CWHL, along with Breast Ride Ever, a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds from the games will benefit local cancer programs and the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County.[9]
  • On November 18, 2011, several Burlington Barracudas players (including Christina Kessler, Shannon Moulson, Ashley Stephenson, Jana Harrigan, Amanda Shaw, Annina Rajahuhta, Samantha Shirley, Amanda Parkins, and Lindsay Vine) competed in the first ever Hockey Helps The Homeless Women’s Tournament. Said tournament was held at the Magna Centre in Newmarket, Ontario.[10]
  • November 19, at Montreal, the second annual "Game on to beat breast cancer" benefit. The target to surpass last year's donation results was far exceeded. A new attendance record was also set at the game, with over 1,100 fans[11] in the stands.[12] December 8, Montréal Stars offer a cheque for close to $15 000 to the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation[13]
  • Barracudas players Christina Kessler and Shannon Moulson were part of an event at Power Play Sports in Niagara Falls, Ontario on December 20, 2011 to promote the 2012 Clarkson Cup (to be held in Niagara Falls). After the event, they met players from the NFGHA (Niagara Falls Girls Hockey League) for photographs and autographs.[14]

Season standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points.

Regular season
No. Team GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 Montreal Stars 27 22 4 1 160 66 51
2 Boston Blades 27 20 7 0 107 61 46
3 Brampton Thunder 27 18 7 2 102 80 40
4 Toronto Furies 27 9 13 5 75 105 26
5 Alberta CWHL 15 5 10 0 38 66 20
6 Burlington Barracudas 27 1 26 0 46 150 2

Team Alberta CWHL plays only half of the number of regular matches. This because of the geographical estrangement. Points are consequently adjusted with another teams.

Reference[15]

League leaders[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Update 13 mars 2012
Players TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
Agosta , MeghanMeghan Agosta Montreal Stars 27 41 39 80 16
Ouellette , CarolineCaroline Ouellette Montreal Stars 27 30 36 66 12
Davidson, VanessaVanessa Davidson Montreal Stars 27 24 25 49 26
Stack, KelliKelli Stack Boston Blades 27 24 17 41 16
Apps , Gillian Gillian Apps Brampton Thunder 27 19 20 39 70
Marin, NoémieNoémie Marin Montreal Stars 24 12 22 34 16
Piper , CherieCherie Piper Brampton Thunder 25 12 21 33 10
Lawler , Erika Erika Lawler Boston Blades 26 11 22 33 10
Marvin, GigiGigi Marvin Boston Blades 27 11 21 32 24
Ward, CatherineCatherine Ward Montreal Stars 27 2 29 31 28
Bendus , Vicki Vicki Bendus Brampton Thunder 27 15 14 29 18
Vaillancourt , Sarah Sarah Vaillancourt Montreal Stars 14 10 18 28 30
Blais, EmmanuelleEmmanuelle Blais Montreal Stars 21 10 17 27 24
Engstrom , MollyMolly Engstrom Brampton Thunder 27 4 23 27 22
Harbec, SabrinaSabrina Harbec Montreal Stars 17 8 16 24 2

Goaltending leaders[edit]

Update 13 mars 2012
Player TEAM GP MIN W L OTL GA SO GAA
Schaus , MollyMolly Schaus Boston Blade 23 1386:05 16 7 0 0 0 2.38
Lavigne , JennyJenny Lavigne Montreal Stars 23 1358:13 19 4 0 0 2 2.39
Knox, LizLiz Knox Brampton Thunder 20 1206:06 13 6 1 0 1 2.94
Vanderveer , ErikaErika Vanderveer Toronto Furies 9 525:00 2 5 1 1 0 2.97
Day, LundyLundy Day Team Alberta CWHL 10 603:33 4 6 0 0 0 3.98
Small , Sami JoSami Jo Small Toronto Furies 16 933:13 5 7 2 2 1 4.11
Kessler, ChristinaChristina Kessler Burlington Barracudas 11 634:44 1 10 0 0 0 5.10
Cronin, MandyMandy Cronin Burlington Barracudas 13 675:12 0 11 0 0 0 5.86

Reference[16]

Awards and honours[edit]

The 2012 CWHL Awards Banquet[17] was held on Mar. 21, 2012 in Niagara Falls, ON (during the Clarkson Cup weekend). That night, the league formally recognized the Angela James Bowl winner, the Most Valuable Player, the Goaltender of the Year, the Rookie of the Year, and the Coach of the Year.

CWHL Top Players[edit]

CWHL All-Stars[edit]

First Team All-Stars

Second Team All-Stars

CWHL All-Rookie Team[edit]

CWHL Monthly Top Scorer[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Main article: 2012 Clarkson Cup

The postseason was held at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. All teams played in a round robin to determine the contestants in the Clarkson Cup finals.

Date Away Home Score
March 22 Toronto Montreal Montreal, 7-0
March 22 Brampton Boston Brampton, 3-2
March 23 Toronto Boston Boston, 5-2
March 23 Brampton Montreal Montreal, 2-0
March 24 Toronto Brampton Brampton, 4-2
March 24 Boston Montreal Montreal, 5-4 (OT)
Team W L OTL GF GA
Montreal 3 0 0 14 4
Brampton 2 1 0 7 6
Boston 1 1 1 11 10
Toronto 0 3 0 4 16

Clarkson Cup[edit]

Date Location Final Score Attendance
25 March Gale CentreNiagara Falls, ON Montreal Stars 4-2 Brampton Thunder 5,000

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