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|General manager||Meg Hewings|
|Head coach||Dany Brunet|
Les Canadiennes are a professional women's ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 2007 as the Montreal Stars (Stars de Montréal), they have competed in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) since its inaugural season. The team has appeared in and won the Clarkson Cup the most times out of any CWHL teams, having won the league's championship three times since its inception.
In 2015, the team became an affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League, with the franchise providing resources and marketing support to the team as part of their efforts to help promote women's hockey. This affiliation also led to its re-branding as Les Canadiennes for the 2015-16 CWHL season, adopting colors and jerseys resembling those of their men's counterpart. In December 2015, the Canadiennes and the Boston Pride played the first ever outdoor game in professional women's hockey as part of festivities for the 2016 NHL Winter Classic in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
- 1 Team history
- 2 Olympic connection
- 3 Social implication
- 4 Seasons
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Captains
- 7 Current makeup
- 8 Scoring leaders
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- 11 External news story
The Montreal Stars have played in the CWHL since its formation in 2007. The team was formed from players from the Montreal Axion a team that played in the National Women's Hockey League before its demise. Through the team's young history they have seen success in every season that it has played. In their first season, 2007–08, Montreal won 23 games out of 30 regular season contests and finished first overall in the regular season, but lost to Mississauga Chiefs in the playoffs that year in a two-game contest. In 2008–09 the Stars won the Clarkson Cup on March 19, 2009 in Kingston Ontario, the first year that the Clarkson Cup was openly played for between competitive professional women's hockey clubs rather than National teams such as before with Team Canada and Team Sweden in 2006. The Clarkson Cup was won by Montreal by defeating the Minnesota Whitecaps in the final. The game was competitive, with the score close. Initially the game was tied at one goal apiece until Montreal flared with offence scoring two goals. Sabrina Habrec ultimately scored the game winner, in a 3–1 final score. Former Canadian Governor General Adrienne Clarkson was on hand to present the trophy to team captain Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux. It was Adrienne Clarkson's hope that The Clarkson Cup be the women's equivalent to the Stanley Cup. That same season, three players were named to the First and Second team all stars; Caroline Ouellette, Kim St.Pierre and Sabrina Habrec. In 2009–10, the team finished in first place but did not defend the Clarkson Cup in the playoffs.
The team has had much success with league awards to its players. Kim St. Pierre has won the CHWL's award for top goaltender two season's running (2008, 2009), Caroline Ouellette was the CWHL MVP for the 2008–09, Marie-Phillip Poulin was the CWHL's rookie of the year in 2007–2008 at the age of 16 scoring over 40 points in 16 games, and finally Sabrina Harbec lead's the CWHL in scoring with 54 points in 29 games this season.
During the 2013–14 CWHL season, three members of the Stars reached the milestone of 100 career points during the season. It marks the first time in CWHL history that three players from the same franchise reach the century mark in the same season. It began on January 11, when CWHL co-founder Lisa-Marie Breton registered the 100th point of her career. On February 8, Vanessa Davidson earns the 100th point in her CWHL career. Emmanuelle Blais would become the third in a March 8 match against the Boston Blades.
Montreal Canadiens partnership, outdoor game
In March 2015, the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League entered into a resource-sharing and marketing partnership with the Stars. Team CEO Geoff Molson explained that given the Canadiens' support of minor hockey in Quebec and the growth of Women's hockey, he felt that it "[was] the right time to concretely support women who play professional hockey, and, at the same time, promote the sport among up-and-coming players". Brenda Andress, commissioner of the CWHL, also stated that the partnership "affords the CWHL an opportunity to grow women’s hockey hand in hand with one of the most storied franchises in professional sport."  In September 2015, the team unveiled a new identity as Les Canadiennes, adopting the Canadiens' team colors, along with a new "C" emblem alluding to the Canadiens' logo, but also containing a star in homage of their previous name.
On December 31, 2016, the Canadiennes participated in an outdoor game, the 2016 Outdoor Women's Classic, against the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; the game was held as an undercard to the following day's NHL Winter Classic, which featured their teams' NHL counterparts—the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.
The team includes notable forwards Caroline Ouellette, Sarah Vaillancourt and goaltender Kim St. Pierre, all members of the 2010 Canadian Women's Hockey Olympic team who won the Olympic gold medal in Vancouver
Montreal stars support the fight against breast cancer with a Breast Cancer Fundraising event. For the occasion, the Montreal Stars played with pink jerseys. Also Montreal Stars are committed to supporting amateur girl's hockey team and take their role as examples to the young girls growing up playing the sport, very seriously. The Trainings with the Stars players  is just one way that these athletes connect with young players. They are also available to meet the girls at the autograph sessions following most of their games, they are accessible through the team blog, and many of them are involved in various community and school girls’ hockey teams.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points.
|= Indicates First Place finish|
|= Indicates championship|
|= Indicates Clarkson Cup win|
As of 2011, the Montreal Stars have a total of 3 regular season championships and two Clarkson cups in 4 Seasons of play.
|Year||Reg. Season||Playoffs||Clarkson Cup|
|2007–08||1st Overall||Lost in second round||N/A|
|2008–09||1st Overall||Won the CWHL Championship||Won the 2009 Clarkson Cup|
|2009–10||1st Overall||Won the CWHL Championship||Lost in first round 2010 Clarkson Cup|
|2010–11||1st Overall||Won the CWHL Championship||Won the 2011 Clarkson Cup|
|2011–12||1st Overall||Won the CWHL Championship||Won the 2012 Clarkson Cup|
|2012–13||2nd Place||Lost in the 2013 Clarkson Cup championship game to the Boston Blades|
|2013–14||1st Overall||Did not qualify for Cup finals|
|2014–15||3rd Place||Lost in the 2015 Clarkson Cup championship game to the Boston Blades|
Awards and honors
- Sabrina Harbec, Angela James Bowl (2010)
- Caroline Ouellette, Angela James Bowl (2011)
- Meghan Agosta, Angela James Bowl (2012, 2013)
- Ann-Sophie Bettez, Angela James Bowl (2014)
- Dany Brunet, CWHL Coach of the Year (2014–15)
- Catherine Ward, 2013 CWHL Defensive Player of the Year
- Cathy Chartrand, 2014 CWHL Defensive Player of the Year
- Cathy Chartrand, 2012–13 Leading scorer among CWHL Defenders
- Cathy Chartrand, 2013–14 Leading scorer among CWHL Defenders
- Charline Labonté, CWHL Goaltender of the Year (2014–15)
|2010–11||Lisa-Marie Breton||Nathalie Dery, Caroline Ouellette, Kelly Sudia|
|2011–12||Lisa-Marie Breton||Nathalie Dery, Caroline Ouellette, Kelly Sudia|
Current roster (2015–16)
Updated January 4, 2016.
Coaching staff (2015–16)
- General Manager: Meg Hewings
- Head Coach: Dany Brunet
- Assistant Coach: Marc Beaudoin
- Assistant Coach / Director of Player Development: Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux
- Assistant Coach: Jenny Lavigne
- Technical Coach: Kelly Sudia
- Goaltending Coach: Gilles Charron
- Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jordan Burgess
- Recruiter: Étienne Rouillard
- Video Coach: Steve Lortie
|Season||Leader (F)||GP||G||A||Pts||Leader (D)||GP||G||A||Pts||PPG||SHG||GWG|
|2010–11||Caroline Ouellette||29||24||47||71||Annie Guay||29||13||19||32||Noemie Marin (6)||Three tied with 2||Noemie Marin (7)|
|2011–12||Meghan Agosta||27||41||39||80||Catherine Ward||27||2||29||31||Four tied with 5||Agosta (2)||Agosta (5)|
|2012–13||Meghan Agosta||23||16||30||46||Cathy Chartrand||23||5||15||20||Emmanuelle Blais (4)||Three tied with 1||Five tied with 3|
|2013–14||Ann-Sophie Bettez||23||16||24||40||Cathy Chartrand||23||9||21||30||Vinny Davidson (8)||Two tied with 2||Bettez (7)|
|2014–15||Caroline Ouellette||22||8||18||26||Cathy Chartrand||22||5||12||17||Noemie Marin (7)||Ouellette (2)|
|2015–16||Marie-Philip Poulin||22||23||23||46||Lauriane Rougeau||22||2||17||19||Ann-Sophie Bettez (7)||Caroline Ouellette (2)||Ouellette (7)|
- Kamila Hinkson (March 10, 2009). "Breton a Busy Bee After the Stingers' Life". Magazine. Concordian. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Canadian Women's Hockey League (2009). "2007–08 CWHL REVIEW" (PDF). Magazine. CWHL. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Andrew Podnieks (2009). "Montreal Wins First Clarkson Cup". News. IIHF. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Donna Spencer (2009). "Clarkson will be on hand to award her cup". News. CTV Globemedia. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- CWHL (June 18, 2009). "Caroline Ouellette Named 2008–09 CWHL Most Valuable Player". News. Canadian Women's Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- CWHL (2010). "CWHL Player stasts 2009–10". News. Canadian Women's Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Canadiens partner with CWHL’s Montreal Stars to grow women’s game". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- "The Montreal Canadiens enter a partnership with the Montreal Stars". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- "Montreal women’s team gets new logo, name: Les Canadiennes". Sportsnet.ca. Canadian Press. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- "Ice Problems and Injury Plague Women’s Debut at the Winter Classic". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- TSN (2010). "CLARKSON CUP'S NAMESAKE READY TO HONOUR WINNING WOMEN'S TEAM". News. CTV Globe media. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Montreal Stars (2010). "3 Stars selected go to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver". News. Montreal Stars. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Hockey Canada (2010). "2010 Women's Olympic Hockey team Roster". News. Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Montreal players and fans give from the heart, http://montrealstars.ca/community-communaut%C3%A9/87/montreal-players-and-fans-give-from-the-heart/
- Photo Gallery, http://montrealstars.ca/photo-gallery/648/breast-cancer-fundraising-event/
- Training with the Stars, http://montrealstars.ca/news/990/day-7-training-with-the-stars/
- Montreal wins first Clarkson Cup, http://www.iihf.com/channels0809/ww/news/news-singleview/article/montreal-wins-first-clarkson-cup.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=2068&cHash=9e147782a4
- "Les Canadiennes Roster". Les Canadiennes. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- Les Canadiennes Coaching Staff
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External news story
- Montreal 2011 Clarkson Cup Champions, March 27, 2011.
- Montreal wins Clarkson Cup. March 28, 2011.
- St-Pierre backstops Montreal to Clarkson Cup title in CBC news, March 27, 2011.
-  Montreal Stars win women's national hockey championship, in CBC news, March 21, 2009.
-  First Clarkson Cup stays in Canada, Slam sports, March 22, 2009.
- McGill grads help Stars capture Clarkson Cup McGill newspaper, March 21, 2009
- (French) Stars de Montréal old blog