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The Canadian Women’s Hockey League presented its annual awards last night to kick off the Clarkson Cup playoffs and recognize outstanding players and coaches in the league.
Gala Award Winners were:
Humanitarian Award – Lois Mitchell (CWHL Governor and Order of Canada member)
Coach of the Year – Dany Brunet (Montreal Stars head coach)
Rookie of the Year – Brianna Decker (Boston Blades forward with 32 points in 12 games)
Goaltender of the Year – Charline Labonté (Montreal Stars goaltender with 1.89 goals against average and .927 save percentage)
Defenceman of the Year – Tara Watchorn (Boston Blades blue-liner with 20 points in 21 games)
Angela James Bowl – Rebecca Johnston (Calgary Inferno forward with 37 points in 24 games)
Most Valuable Player – Rebecca Johnston (two-time Olympic gold medalist)
Chairman’s trophy – Boston Blades (regular season champions with 35 points)
“We are so incredibly proud of all of our award winners, but also of each and every player, coach, sponsor, supporter and volunteer who has helped build our league into what it is today,” CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said in a press release. “Our organization continues to get bigger and better, both on and off the ice, thanks to everyone involved.”
Clarkson Cup playoff games continue today with the Boston Blades hosting the Toronto Furies at 11:30 a.m. and the Calgary Inferno hosting the Montreal Stars at 3:30 p.m., each in game two of a three-game playoff series.
The Toronto Furies are looking to re-claim the Clarkson Cup, but will have to get through regular season champs the Boston Blades to do it. The Blades won cup two years ago, the Montreal Stars are looking to add a fourth cup win to their organization. The Calgary Inferno has never won the Clarkson Cup.
Live streaming packages for the games are available here.
The CWHL is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. 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 centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed.