History

2018 Clarkson Cup

Markham Thunder (2) vs. Kunlun Red Star (1) (OT)

The 2018 Clarkson Cup Final was played at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario on March 25, 2018. The Markham Thunder claimed their first Clarkson Cup in franchise history defeating the Kunlun Red Stars in overtime by a final of 2-1.

Just prior to the midpoint of the first period, Thunder forward Nicole Brown opened the scoring to hand Markham a 1-0 lead. 2018 CWHL MVP and Angela James Bowl Winner Kelli Stack then deflected a Kunlun shot on net to even the game 1-1 with under a minute remaining in the second period. Following a scoreless third period, Markham forward Laura Stacey would score the game-winner at the 2:49 mark of overtime. After a stellar Clarkson Cup playoff series versus the defending champion Les Canadienne, Thunder goaltender Erica Howe recorded a 17 save outing to earn Clarkson Cup MVP.

Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player: Erica Howe (Markham Thunder)

Clarkson Cup Final 3 Stars

1st Star: Laura Stacey (Markham Thunder)

2nd Star: Nicole Brown (Markham Thunder)

3rd Star: Kelli Stack (Kunlun Red Star

2017 Clarkson Cup

Les Canadiennes de Montreal (3) vs. Calgary Inferno (1)

The 2017 Clarkson Cup Final was played at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on March 5, 2017, becoming the second Clarkson Cup game to take place in an NHL arena. Les Canadiennes de Montreal won their league-leading fourth Clarkson Cup title, defeating the Calgary Inferno in a rematch of the 2016 final by a score of 3-1.

With a crowd of over 4,100 fans in attendance, it was Montreal who opened the scoring just over the midway mark of the first period with a goal from Katia Clement-Heydra. Les Canadiennes captain and 2017 CWHL MVP Marie-Philip Poulin would then score what would become the game-winner five minutes into the second period to push Montreal ahead 2-0. Late in the third period, Jill Saulnier scored for the Inferno to cut into the Montreal lead, but Poulin added an empty net goal to put the finishing touches on the Clarkson Cup victory. Les Canadiennes goaltender Charline Labonte was honoured as the 2017 Clarkson Cup MVP turning aside 26 of the Inferno's 27 shots.

Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player: Charline Labonté (Les Canadiennes de Montreal)

Clarkson Cup Final 3 Stars

1st Star: Charline Labonté (Les Canadiennes de Montreal)

2nd Star: Marie-Philip Poulin (Les Canadiennes de Montreal)

3rd Star: Jill Saulnier (Calgary Inferno)

2016 Clarkson Cup

Calgary Inferno (8) vs. Les Canadiennes de Montreal (3)

The 2016 Clarkson Cup Final was played at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on March 13, 2016, and was the first Clarkson Cup game to take place on NHL ice. The Calgary Inferno captured their first-ever Clarkson Cup title, defeating Les Canadiennes de Montreal by a score of 8-3.

With a crowd of over 4,000 fans in attendance, the Inferno pulled out to an early lead they never surrendered, with goaltender Delayne Brian stopping 38 of the 41 shots she faced from Les Canadiennes. The game-winning goal was scored by Blayre Turnbull in the second period.

Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player: Delayne Brian (Calgary Inferno)

Clarkson Cup Final 3 Stars

1st Star: Delayne Brian (Calgary Inferno)

2nd Star: Rebecca Johnston (Calgary Inferno)

3rd Star: Blayre Turnbull (Calgary Inferno)

2015 Clarkson Cup

Boston Blades (3) vs. Montreal Stars (2) (OT)

Played at Markham Centennial Centre in Markham, Ontario, the 2015 Clarkson Cup Final took place on March 7, 2015. The Boston Blades defeated the Montreal Stars 3-2 in overtime to win their second Clarkson Cup title.

The game-winning goal was scored by Janine Weber, making her the first European player to score a Clarkson Cup-winning goal. Player of the game Hilary Knight and CWHL Rookie of the Year Brianna Decker also scored for Boston.

Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player: Charline Labonte (Montreal Stars)

Clarkson Cup Final 3 Stars

1st Star: Hilary Knight (Boston Blades)

2nd Star: Brianna Decker (Boston Blades)

3rd Star: Charline Labonte (Montreal Stars)

2014 Clarkson Cup

Toronto Furies (1) vs. Boston Blades (0) (OT)

Scoreless after a full 60 minutes, the 2014 Clarkson Cup Final was the first Clarkson Cup Final to go to overtime. The game-winning goal was scored by Toronto Furies captain Britni Smith 33 seconds into the overtime period, giving the Furies their first Clarkson Cup title. Furies goaltender Christina Kessler made 25 saves to seal the shutout.

Furies forward Natalie Spooner became the first woman to win the Clarkson Cup and an Olympic gold medal in the same year. Spooner also scored the shootout goal that sent the Furies to the Final.

Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player: Christina Kessler (Toronto Furies)

Clarkson Cup Final 3 Stars

1st Star: Britni Smith (Toronto Furies)

2nd Star: Christina Kessler (Toronto Furies)

3rd Star: Brittany Ott (Boston Blades)

2013 Clarkson Cup

Boston Blades (5) vs. Montreal Stars (2)

On March 23, 2013, the Boston Blades defeated the Montreal Stars 5-2 to claim their first-ever Clarkson Cup title in front of a crowd of around 1,000 fans, including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The final game was tied 2-2 halfway through the second period, with Boston’s goals scored by Jen Schoullis. Forward Kelley Steadman—named player of the game—went on to score a natural hat trick to seal the victory for the Blades. Blades goalie Genevieve Lacasse made 40 saves.

Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player: Catherine Ward (Montreal Stars)

Clarkson Cup Final 3 Stars

1st Star: Kelley Steadman (Boston Blades)

2nd Star: Caroline Ouellette (Montreal Stars)

3rd Star: Genevieve Lacasse (Boston Blades)

2012 Clarkson Cup

Montreal Stars (4) vs. Brampton Thunder (2)

On March 25, 2012, the Montreal Stars defeated the Brampton Thunder 4-2 to bring home the Clarkson Cup title for the second year in a row, and for the third time in four years. The game-winning goal was scored by Vanessa Davidson for the second consecutive season.

More than 5,000 fans attended Clarkson Cup games at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. With Montreal’s win, Meghan Agosta unofficially joined the Triple Gold Club (not yet an official recognition by the IIHF for women) with a Clarkson Cup, a gold medal in the Winter Olympics, and a gold medal in the IIHF Women’s World Championships.

Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player: Caroline Ouellette (Montreal Stars)

2011 Clarkson Cup

Montreal Stars (5) vs. Toronto Aeros (0)

In the 2011 Clarkson Cup Final, the Montreal Stars defeated the Toronto Aeros 5-0 on goals scored by 5 different players. This marked the second time in three years that Montreal won the Clarkson Cup.

Player of the game Vanessa Davidson opened the scoring for Montreal in the first period, with Caroline Ouellette notching 3 points in the game (1 goal, 2 assists). Montreal goaltender Kim St-Pierre earned the shutout.

Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player: Sarah Vaillancourt (Montreal Stars)

Clarkson Cup Final 3 Stars

1st Star: Dominique Thibault (Montreal Stars)

2nd Star: Vanessa Davidson (Montreal Stars)

3rd Star: Jennifer Botterill (Toronto Aeros)

2010 Clarkson Cup

Minnesota Whitecaps (WWHL) (4) - Brampton Canadettes-Thunder (CWHL) (0)

Played at the Elgin Barrow Arena in Richmond Hill, Ontario, the 2010 Clarkson Cup Final ended with the Minnesota Whitecaps of the WWHL defeating the Brampton Canadettes-Thunder of the CWHL 4-0. Whitecaps goaltender Megan Van Beusekom earned the shutout, and Chelsey Brodt-Rosenthal scored the game-winning goal.

Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player: Julie Chu (Minnesota Whitecaps)

2009 Clarkson Cup

Montreal Stars (CWHL) (3) vs. Minnesota Whitecaps (WWHL) (1)

On March 21, 2009, the Montreal Stars became the first CWHL team to be awarded the Clarkson Cup with their 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Whitecaps. The game-winning goal was scored by Sabrina Harbec near the end of the second period. CWHL regular-season MVP Caroline Ouellette added the Stars’ third goal at the beginning of the third period. The only Whitecaps goal was scored by US Olympian Angela Ruggiero.

Clarkson Cup Most Valuable Player: Jenny Potter (Minnesota Whitecaps)