The 2018/2019 regular season ended on Tuesday night after an exciting and whirlwind season. This year, the league excitedly welcomed back Olympians, brought in Jayna Hefford as Interim-Commissioner, saw the Blades move to Worcester and welcomed 34 of the best hockey players to Toronto for the All-Star game.
Both Calgary and Montreal made strong moves during the offseason and acquired talented players like Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight, Rebecca Leslie, Alex Rigsby and Kacey Bellay. With star power already in their lineup from Poulin, Bettez, Johnston and Jenner, these new additions created two elite contenders. The two teams started their seasons on top of the standings and remained there throughout the year.
The defending Clarkson Cup Champions Markham Thunder, the Toronto Furies and Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays each added strong players to their rosters in the offseason with the likes of Sarah Nurse, Victoria Bach and Hannah Miller. While the Thunder remained in third place for much of the season, the Furies and Rays remained close behind. The two teams constantly traded places for the 4th and 5th position leaving the fight for the final playoff spot coming down to the last game of the season. After a big push from the Furies, they routed the Thunder in their final game and edged the Rays out of the playoffs.
The Boston Blades relocated to Worcester this year, giving the team the opportunity to play in a brand-new facility shared by the Worcester Railers. The Blades made a few moves this year during the offseason acquiring Morgan Turner, Lauren Williams and Jessica Convery. The team also welcomed a new GM in Derek Alfama and a new Coach, Paul Kennedy. The Blades battled hard against their opponents this season.
The 2019 post season begins on March 8 and is a weekend-long series. The defending Clarkson Cup Champions, the Markham Thunder will be heading to Montreal to face Les Canadiennes for the second year in a row, with Les Canadiennes looking for revenge this season. The persistent Furies will head to Calgary to take on the first place Inferno with both teams looking to make the Clarkson Cup finals.
Fans can catch their favourite teams in action by visiting thecwhl.com/tickets. The CWHL will be streaming game two of each series at thecwhl.com/watch. The full playoff schedule is below:
MARKHAM THUNDER vs. LES CANADIENNES DE MONTREAL
Game #1: Friday, March 8 – 7:30 PM EST @ Place Bell (Community rink)
Game #2: Saturday, March 9 – 6:00 PM EST @ Complexe Bell
*Game #3: Sunday, March 10 – 1:30 PM EST @ Complexe Bell (*If necessary)
TORONTO FURIES Vs. CALGARY INFERNO
Game #1: Friday, March 8 – 8:00 PM MST @ Winsport A
Game #2: Sat March 9 – 6:45 PM MST @ Winsport A
Game #3: Sun march 10 – 12:00 PM MST @ Winsport A