Charline Labonté

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Charline Labonté
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Labonté during a Montreal Stars game in November 2014
Born (1982-10-15) October 15, 1982 (age 34)
Greenfield Park, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 157 lb (71 kg; 11 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
CWHL team Les Canadiennes
National team  Canada
Playing career 2000–present
Labonté with McGill Martlets

Charline Labonté (born October 15, 1982) is a Canadian women's ice hockey player. Labonté now lives in Montreal, and graduated from McGill University with a degree in Physical Education. She is a former goaltender for the McGill Martlets ice hockey team and was named to the 2014 Olympic roster for Canada.[1] She would be the winning goaltender for Les Canadiennes de Montreal in the final of the 2017 Clarkson Cup.[2]

Playing career[edit]

At the 1999 Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Labonte was part of the silver medal winning team.[3]

Hockey Canada[edit]

Labonté was one of two goaltenders playing for the Canadian women's hockey team in the 2006 Turin olympics. At the Torino Games, Labonte and Kim St. Pierre allowed a combined two goals in five games played. Labonte logged 180 minutes of ice time and led all goaltenders with a goals against average of 0.33 and a save percentage of .976, respectively. In 2010, she served as the third goaltender for the gold medal winning Canadian women's team.[4] Prior to this she played for the Montreal Axion and Laval Le Mistral, Teams of the National Women's Hockey League.[5]


She was one of the few women to play Major Junior hockey, appearing in 28 games with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League between 1999 and 2000.[6] Her play for the QMJHL club was featured on a hockey card issued by Upper Deck in their 1999–2000 UD Prospects set (card #54). She competed for Team Quebec at the 1999 Canada Winter Games.[7] She was a member of the Montreal Axion in 2004–05, and one of her teammates was fellow Olympian Gina Kingsbury.

McGill Martlets[edit]

With McGill, she competed in five CIS National tournaments. On December 31, 2010, Labonte required only 13 saves to post her 59th career shutout with McGill as the Martlets defeated the nationally ranked fifth overall Alberta Pandas by a 3–0 mark in the final game of the Bisons Holiday Classic tournament at Max Bell Arena. In the game, the Martlets held a 31–13 edge in shots. Gillian Ferrari was credited with the game-winner on the power-play at 5:49 of the first period. Jasmine Sheehan, a fifth-year defender scored the second goal of the game. Logan Murray, a freshman from Calgary, scored the last goal of the contest.[8] In an October 29, 2011 contest against the Montreal Carabins, Ariane Barker scored on Labonte with 71 seconds left in a 3–2 win versus McGill. Labonte took the loss for the Martlets, giving her a 69–2 overall record in her CIS career.[9] It marked the Martlets first loss to a Quebec conference opponent for the first time in 108 games.[10]

Awards and honours[edit]

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  • Top Goaltender, 2006 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship Pool A: Charline Labonte [11]
  • 2015 CWHL Goaltender of the Year Award

Career stats[edit]


2012-13 Montreal Stars
2014-15 Montreal Stars[12] 16 952:26 9 7 0 0 2 30 1.89 380 .927


In June 2014, Labonte publicly came out as a lesbian and is in a relationship with Canadian Olympic speed skater, Anastasia Bucsis.[13]


  1. ^ Nick Zaccardi (December 23, 2013). "Canada names women's Olympic hockey team". 
  2. ^ "Clarkson Cup Game Summary". CWHL. 2017-03-05. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  3. ^ [1] August 9, 2011
  4. ^ Podnieks, Andrew. Canada's Olympic Hockey History 1920–2010. Toronto: Fenn Publishing. p. 242. ISBN 1-55168-323-7. 
  5. ^ Brian R. Johnston (April 15, 2006). "NWHL Championship eludes Thunder". Brampton Thunder Hockey Club. Archived from the original on May 3, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Charline Labonte player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved February 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 170, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3.
  8. ^ "Athletics event". McGill University. December 31, 2010. Archived from the original on February 1, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ [2][permanent dead link] Montreal Gazette Retrieved October 31, 2011.[dead link]
  10. ^ [3] McGill University Retrieved October 31, 2011.[dead link]
  11. ^ "2006 Esso Women's National Championship Award Winners Announced". Hockey Canada. March 20, 2006. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "I am Charline Labonte, Olympic hockey player and proudly gay.". Outsports. June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Noora Räty (2007, 2008)
IIHF World Women's Championships Best Goalie
Succeeded by
Noora Räty (2011)
Preceded by
DeLayne Brian (2014)
2015 Goaltender of the Year Award winner
Succeeded by
To Be Determined (2016)
Preceded by
DeLayne Brian (2016)
Most Valuable Player, Clarkson Cup Playoffs
Succeeded by
To Be Determined (2018)