Toronto, ON – The CWHL is thrilled to announce that CWHL Alumni Charline Labonté and Cheryl Pounder will be joining the coaching staff at the 2019 CWHL All-Star Game.
Both Labonté and Pounder are decorated CWHL Alumni whose successes have contributed tremendously to the growth of women’s hockey and the CWHL. They have 6 Olympic medals between them and over a decade of experience to provide behind the bench.
Labonté joined the Montreal Stars in 2013 where she helped lead the Stars to a Clarkson Cup Victory in 2012-2013. She displayed impressive statistics throughout her career and was named the goaltender of the year three times in a row in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Pounder played for the Mississauga Chiefs in the 2007-08 season and won the National Championship later that year.
The CWHL will be making more All-Star announcements later this week.
Charline Labonté graduated from McGill University with a degree in physical education and went on to receive her masters in sport psychology. She is currently a high school physical education teacher and sport psychology consultant.
Labonté has been a hockey player since the age of 7 and was the second female hockey player to have played in the QJMHL. She went on to attend McGill University playing for the McGill Martlets where she was part of the team that would win 3 national championships. She has spent 15 years as a National Team player, winning 4 Olympic Gold medals and 2 gold and five silver medals at the IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship
Cheryl Pounder is a former CWHL and Team Canada hockey player. She played on six of Canada’s World Championship Hockey teams, where she was named an All-Star Defense-man in 2005. She was also voted the Top Defenseman at the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007 Canadian National Hockey Championships. Her greatest career accomplishments are her two Olympic Gold medals from the Salt Lake City and Torino Olympic Games and being crowned the International Ice Hockey Foundation World Champion six times.
In her sporting life and in her life off the ice, Cheryl continues to motivate with a passion that comes across in all her worlds. Currently, Pounder is a hockey analyst for TSN and motivational speaker. She was also the colour commentator for the coverage of women’s hockey tournament at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics for both TSN and CBC.
Ticket and event information for the All-Star Game can be found at thecwhl.com/allstar2019.
About the CWHL
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With seven current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.