The Montreal Stars or Montréal Stars[1] (FrenchStars de Montréal) are a professional women's ice hockey team that plays in MontrealQuebec. The team was awarded the Clarkson Cup in 2009,[2] 2011 [3] and 2012 for winning the highest honour in North American women's hockey. The team has played in theCanadian Women's Hockey League since 2007 its inaugural season. The team plays its home games in Centre Étienne Desmarteau in Montreal.[4]


 [hide*1 Team history

Team history[edit]Edit

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.[5] 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,[6] 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.[7] It was Adrienne Clarkson's hope that The Clarkson Cup be the women's equivalent to the Stanley Cup.[8] That same season, three players were named to the First and Second team all stars; Caroline Ouellette, Kim St.Pierre and Sabrina Habrec.[9] 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.[10]

Olympic connection[edit]Edit

[1][2]Caroline Ouellette with Clarkson Cupon March 27, 2011

The team includes notable forwards Caroline OuelletteSarah Vaillancourt and goaltender Kim St. Pierre,[11] all members of the 2010 Canadian Women's Hockey Olympic team for have win the Olympic golden medal in Vancouver[12][13]

Social implication[edit]Edit

Montreal stars support the fight against breast cancer with a Breast Cancer Fundraising event.[14] For the occasion, the Montreal Stars played with pink jerseys.[15] 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 [16] 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.



Year GP W L T GF GA Pts
2007–08 30 23 6 1 112 55 48
2008–09 30 25 4 1 135 65 51
2009–10 30 23 5 2 122 70 48
2010–11 26 22 2 2 125 70 46
2011–12 27 22 4 1 160 66 51
2012-2013 24 18 5 1 105 58 37

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

Season standings[edit]Edit

= 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[17] 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
2012-2013 Lost in the 2013 Clarkson Cup championship game to the Boston Blades

Awards and honors[edit]Edit


[3][4]For 2011-12 seasonJenny Lavigne is the Star's regular Goaltender

Season Captain Assistant Captains
2007–08 Lisa-Marie Breton
2008–09 Lisa-Marie Breton
2009–10 Lisa-Marie Breton
2010–11 Lisa-Marie Breton Nathalie Dery, Caroline Ouellette, Kelly Sudia
2011-12 Lisa-Marie Breton Nathalie Dery, Caroline Ouellette, Kelly Sudia

Current makeup[edit]Edit

Roster (2011-12)[edit]Edit

Number Player Former Team Hometown
35 [6] Jenny Lavigne Concordia Stingers women's ice hockey Lac-au-Saumon, Quebec
79 [7] Audrey Doyon-Lessard Concordia Stingers women's ice hockey Charny, Quebec
27 [8] Catherine Herron Montreal Carabins Chambly, Quebec
Number Player Former Team Hometown
44 [9] Nathalie Dery UQTR Patriotes Cap-Santé, Quebec
24 [10] Stephanie Denino Princeton Tigers women's ice hockey Saint-Laurent, Quebec
18 [11] Catherine Ward Canada women's national ice hockey team] Montreal, Quebec
16 [12] Carly Dupont-Hill McGill Martlets ice hockey Pointe-Claire, Quebec
8 [13] Bianca Della Porta Lake Saint-Louis Selects Dorval, Quebec
Number Player Former Team Hometown
96 [14] Sabrina Harbec St. Lawrence Skating Saints women's ice hockey Saint-Hubert, Quebec
87 [15] Meghan Agosta Canada women's national ice hockey team Ruthven, Ontario
86 [16] Dominique Thibault Clarkson Golden Knights women's ice hockey L'Orignal, Ontario
47 [17] Emmanuelle Blais Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey Montreal, Quebec
40 [18] Sarah Vaillancourt Canada women's national ice hockey team Sherbrooke, Quebec
26 [19] Lisa-Marie Breton Concordia Stingers women's ice hockey Saint-Zacharie, Quebec
25 [20] Vanessa Davidson McGill Martlets ice hockey Kirkland, Quebec
21 [21] Julie Chu United States women's national ice hockey team Fairfield, Connecticut
19 [22] Alyssa Cecere McGill Martlets ice hockey Sainte-Julie, Quebec
13 [23] Caroline Ouellette Canada women's national ice hockey team Montreal, Quebec
12 [24] Rebecca Martindale McGill Martlets ice hockey Kingston, Ontario
11 [25] Kelly Sudia Concordia Stingers women's ice hockey Pointe Claire, Quebec
10 [26] Noémie Marin Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey Acton Vale, Quebec

Coaching staff (2011-12)[edit]Edit

[27][28]The Stars discussing strategy*General Manager: Meg Hewings

  • Head Coach:Patrick Rankine
  • Assistant Coach: Philippe Trahan
  • Head Athletic Therapist: Robin Hunter
  • Outreach & Promotion relations: Fiona Robinson
  • Media Relations: Hélène Lapointe
  • Social Media: Sandra Bagaria
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