Labonté, Poulin lead Les Canadiennes to Clarkson Cup championship

In the Clarkson Cup final last year, the heavily favored Canadiennes were thumped by the Calgary Inferno to the tune of 8-3.

Since that game, the team has been focused on getting their revenge. “We’ve been on a mission,” said Montreal goaltender Charline Labonté.

On Sunday, they got their revenge with a 3-1 win over the Calgary Inferno at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, earning the team its first championship since 2012. Labonté made 26 saves to earn MVP honours and clinch her first-ever Clarkson Cup.

The game started with a surprise in net for Calgary. Emerance Maschmeyer was selected to start of over veteran Genevieve Lacasse.

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CWHL All-Star Game viewing guide

Friday night in Toronto, the CWHL All-Stars got together for a good old fantasy draft.

Toronto Furies forward and rookie Carlee Campbell was voted by the fans to captain Team White. Also voted by the fans were her opposition: co-captains Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson leading Team Blue.

Here’s a quick viewing guide to get you ready for today’s game.

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CWHL announces game-changing partnership with NHLPA

As far as breaking news, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League has flown relatively under the radar this season. However, as they are want to do, the league waited until their All-Star Game fantasy draft in Toronto to drop a bombshell.

Draft emcee Sami Jo Small announced Friday night the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) will partner the CWHL going forward.

Hannah Bevis of The Ice Garden was the first to report the news. Puck Daddy confirmed the announcement with Sasky Stewart, Director of Communications and Marketing for the CWHL.

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Don’t Snow the Goalie: NWHL drama, CWHL future

“Kate Cimini and Erik Wollschlager talk NWHL issues with Puck Daddy’s own Jen Neale. Board of Governors, sponsors, the All-Star Game to be held in Pittsburgh in the early days of 2017, player responsibilities and front-office issues are all on the table. Don’t miss this one. Also discussed is the CWHL’s future direction, a league only ten years in to its run.”

Women’s Hockey Notebook: All about the money

Picking up where we started with the notebook last season, we look at the number one topic surrounding women’s professional hockey this season – money.

1. NWHL

This weekend’s games:

Saturday
Buffalo Beauts (2-4-1) at New York Riveters (2-3-1) – 4:30pm ET
Connecticut Whale (2-3-0) at Boston Pride (6-0-0) – 7:30pm ET

Sunday
Boston Pride at New York Riveters – 4:00pm ET

1A. Salary cut fallout

Needless to day, it’s been a complicated two weeks for the NWHL after announcing salary cuts for players.

Morgan Fritz-Ward became the first player to announce that she will be leaving the league following the announcement of the salary cuts. She’ll play her final two games with the New York Riveters this weekend.

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NWHL, new women’s hockey league, promises to pay players

Congratulations, you’ve graduated college! With your degree in hand, you’ve got years of memories and a bag of hockey gear that’s seen its full potential as an NCAA student-athlete. You were a good collegiate hockey player but not, like, national program good.

What’s next for you? The NHL? NOPE. Overseas? Too complicated. Southern Professional Hockey League? Unlikely, but not impossible.

Oh, forgot to mention: You’re a women’s hockey player.

How about the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL)? That’s an option, but you’re not sure if you can afford it, time and money wise. They don’t pay their players. You’ll have to provide most of your own gear, among other expenses, and somehow work in a full-time job in order to support yourself just to play the game you love.

Looks like your hockey glory days are coming to a beer-league-only end…

At least they were, until now.

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