🇨🇦 Canadiennes Win Clarkson Cup, Labonté Joins Triple Gold Club

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The Montréal Canadiennes, avenging their 2016 Clarkson Cup loss to Calgary and avoiding a third straight Cup defeat, today clinched the 2017 Clarkson Cup with a 3-1 victory over the Inferno in Ottawa, Ontario.

Unlike the lopsided victory in last year’s final, this was a closer affair, with team captain and league MVP Marie-Philip Poulin notching the game winning goal, and the empty netter to seal the victory, in front of a pro-Montréal crowd at the Canadian Tire Centre, with Katia Clement-Heydra with the other goal for Montréal; Jillian Saulnier scored the Inferno’s only goal. Montréal, who finished three wins behind Calgary for first place in the CWHL, and who split the season series against Calgary 3-3, won their fourth Clarkson Cup in league history (winning in 2009, 2011 and 2012), but their first as the Canadiennes.

But it was Montréal goalkeeper and game MVP Charline Labonté who made her own history tonight, becoming the eighteenth woman to join the unofficial women’s Triple Gold Club, adding a Clarkson Cup to her three Olympic (2006, 20102014) and two World Championship (20072012) Gold Medals. Labonté, a member of the senior national team since 2002, also holds six Silver Worlds medals (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016), and becomes just the fourth female goalie to join the TGC, after former teammates Kim St-Pierre in 2009 and Geneviève Lacasse and Sami Jo Small, both in 2014.

Our congratulations go out to the players, management and fans of Les Canadiennes, with those on the roster that have also held the IHLC highlighted in bold:

🇫🇷 Marion Allemoz, forward
🇨🇦 Ann-Sophie Bettez, forward
🇨🇦 Emmanuelle Blais, forward
🇨🇦 Emilie Bocchia, forward
🇨🇦 Sophie Brault, defence
🇨🇦 Cathy Chartrand, defence
🇺🇸 Julie Chu, defence
🇨🇦 Katia Clement-Heydra, forward
🇨🇦 Kim Deschênes, forward
🇨🇦 Melanie Desrochers, defence
🇨🇦 Karell Émard, forward
🇨🇦 Brittney Fouracres, defence
🇨🇦 Catherine Herron, goaltender
🇨🇦 Carly Hill, defence
🇨🇦 Charline Labonté, goaltender
🇨🇦 Sarah Lefort, forward
🇨🇦 Noémie Marin, forward
🇨🇦 Leslie Oles, forward
🇨🇦 Caroline Ouellette, forward
🇨🇦 Jordanna Peroff, forward
🇨🇦 Cassandra Poudrier, defence
🇨🇦 Marie-Philip Poulin, forward
🇨🇦 Lauriane Rougeau, defence
🇨🇦 Alyssa Sherrard, forward

Photo Credit: RDS – IIHFHHOFIOC

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