Toronto, ON – After a month-long training camp, each team in the CWHL has announced the final player roster ahead of the 2018/2019 season openers happening this weekend.
Olympic Athletes Return
This year we will see the return of our Olympic athletes who have been excellent additions to each team. Natalie Spooner, Sarah Nurse, Renata Fast and Shiann Darkangelo will be with the Toronto Furies while Laura Stacey, Jocelyn Larocque and Laura Fortino have all joined the reigning Clarkson Cup Champions, the Markham Thunder.
Les Canadiennes have selected Olympians Marie-Philip Poulin, Jill Saulnier, Mélodie Daoust, Hilary Knight, Lauriane Rougeau and Genevieve Lacasse for their roster this season with Rebecca Johnston, Brianna Decker, Brianne Jenner, Blayre Turnball, Kacey Bellamy and Alex Rigsby all joining the Calgary Inferno. Alex Carpenter and Noora Raty will be joining the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays.
2018 Draft Additions
Each team has added several new faces to their roster with 2018 draft picks starting with the Toronto Furies who have added Brittany Howard, Mellissa Channell, Julia Fedeski, Emma Greco, Mackenzie MacNeil, Megan Quinn, Shea Tiley and Alysha Burriss.
The Markham thunder added draftees Victoria Bach, Ailish Forfar, Daniella Matteucci, Gina Repaci and Kelly Gribbons. Montreal has added Genevieve Bannon, Taylor Willard, Catherine Daoust, Marie Joëlle- Allard Emma Martin, Oliva Atkinson and Maude Gelinas to their roster. The Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays kept their three draft picks on their roster with Leah Lum, Kim Newell and Hannah Miller all making the team,
Halli Krzyzaniak, Rebecca Leslie, Annie Belanger, Tori Hickel, Venla Hovi, Kaitlin Willoughby and Eden Murray are new faces this year with the Calgary Inferno roster while Lauren Williams, Morgan Turner, Meghan Turner, Jessica Convery, Rebecca Fleming, Jennifer MacAskill, Carrie Atkinson and Shannon Hickey have all been added to the Worcester Blades roster.
For a more detailed roster please visit team websites.
About the CWHL
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With six 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.