2010–11 CWHL season
The 2010–11 CWHL season is the fourth in the history of the Canadian Women's Hockey League but was considered a reboot for the league after a major restructuring as an organization. For the season, the league was to run on a budget of $500,000 and players will pay for their own equipment.
As part of the restructuring, officially, all five CWHL teams in the 2010–11 season were referred to by the league as their locations without any monikers and were considered "new" teams. However, since most of the locations had teams in the previous seasons, they were still commonly referenced as their monikers. The league returned to the team name usage for the following season.
Prior to the season, the league underwent a structural reorganization. The CWHL considered the restructure a relaunch of the league. Among the changes included the Mississauga Chiefs, Ottawa Senators and Vaughan Flames teams ceasing operations, adding a new team in Toronto, and expanding into the United States with a team in Boston. The relaunch also branded the five teams after their respective locations, simply calling them Boston CWHL, Brampton CWHL, Burlington CWHL, Montreal CWHL, and Toronto CWHL. However, the CWHL teams that were playing in previous markets were commonly referred to as their former names, the Boston team called itself the Boston Blades, and the new Toronto team was sometimes called Toronto HC.
The league held its first player draft on August 12, 2010, although it was only for the three Greater Toronto Area teams as the league decided that since they do not pay a salary, it would be unfair to force players to be based outside their hometown. The event was held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
News and notes
- November 20–21: Montreal swept Brampton in a two-game series. The battle between the top two teams in the Canadian Women's Hockey League resulted in Montreal remaining undefeated. The November 20 game involved a pre-game salute. Montreal recognized Angela James, the head coach of Brampton for her historic induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and held a minute of silence for the passing of Pat Burns at the Étienne Desmarteau Arena.
- December 19: Boston came from behind to defeat Montreal. In doing so, they broke up Montreal's bid for an undefeated season. Boston goalie Mandy Cronin stopped 74 shots to lead Boston to victory. Montreal had an early 2-0 lead. In the second period, Blades' player Sam Faber scored on an assist by Jess Koizumi. In the third period, Koizumi would tie the game. With 3:24 to play in the game, Angela Ruggiero scored the game-winning goal. She was assisted by Sam Faber and Haley Moore.
- January 16: Gillian Apps scored her seventh goal of the season 2:42 into overtime as Brampton defeated Boston by a 4–3 tally. The win was the fifth in a row for Brampton and 11–6 on the season. The five game win streak was the best in the league. Brampton had yet to lose a game in 2011. In addition, they outscored their opponents 23–9 during the streak.
- January 18, 2011: Brampton competed against Montreal at the Invista Centre in Kingston, Ontario. This was team captain Jayna Hefford's hometown and her number 15 was raised to the rafters of the Invista Centre on behalf of the Kingston Area Minor Hockey Association. As of 2012, no sweaters bearing Hefford's number will be used in Kingston Minor Hockey.
- January 21: Georgetown, Ontario, hosted a game between Brampton and Toronto. The game featured eight former Olympians (from Brampton, Gillian Apps, Jayna Hefford, Lori Depuis, Delaney Collins and Molly Engstrom, and from Toronto, Sami Jo Small, Tessa Bonhomme and Jennifer Botterill). Brampton prevailed by a 5–2 tally.
- January 29: Montreal raised awareness and funds for the Fondation du cancer du sein du Québec (FCSQ). The game featured the Montreal club in pink at Centre Etienne Desmarteau versus Boston. Montreal prevailed by a 3–0 score (goals scored by: Stephanie Denino, Sarah Vaillancourt and Tawnya Davis). 800 persons came to support the cause.
- February 12: Brampton topped Boston for tenth straight victory, Montreal and Toronto win one game each.
- February 19: at the Mastercard Centre, Toronto faced off against Montreal for a special event for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. There were over 500 people in attendance and many fun events for all those involved.
- February 27: For their last match of the regular season, Montreal ended up on the winning side, defeating Boston 4–1 solidifying their hold on first place in the league.
|Brampton||Jayna Hefford||Gillian Apps, Delaney Collins, Cherie Piper|
|Montreal||Lisa-Marie Breton||Nathalie Dery, Caroline Ouellette|
|Toronto||Jennifer Botterill||Tessa Bonhomme|
Board of directors
|Nancy Drolet||Past Chairperson|
|Chris Emanuel||Chairperson, Community Director|
|Sami Jo Small||Vice Chairperson, Player Representative|
|Cassie Campbell||Treasurer, Community Director|
|Lori Digulla||Secretary, Community Director|
|Colleen Coyne||Community Director|
|Shannon Shakespeare||Community Director|
|Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux||Player Representative|
|Ted Dean||Community Director|
|Fran Rider||OWHA Delegate|
|Pat Nicholls||OWHA Delegate|
|Brenda Andress||Executive Director|
|October 23, 2010||Montreal @ Burlington||Montreal, 7-0|
|October 23, 2010||Toronto @ Brampton||Brampton, 7-3|
|October 24, 2010||Montreal @ Brampton||Montreal, 6-5|
|October 24, 2010||Burlington @ Toronto||Toronto, 2-1|
|October 27, 2010||Brampton @ Burlington||Brampton, 3-0|
|October 30, 2010||Toronto @ Montreal||Montreal, 5-3|
|October 30, 2010||Burlington @ Boston||Boston, 3-0|
|October 31, 2010||Toronto @ Montreal||Montreal, 5-4|
|October 31, 2010||Burlington @ Boston||Boston, 6-0|
|November 20, 2010||Boston @ Burlington||Burlington, 5-1|
|November 21, 2010||Boston @ Toronto||Boston, 4-2|
|November 27, 2010||Montreal @ Boston||Montreal, 3-2|
|November 28, 2010||Montreal @ Boston||Montreal, 4-2|
|December 4, 2010||Burlington @ Boston||Boston, 4-3|
|December 5, 2010||Burlington @ Boston||Burlington, 2-1|
|December 5, 2010||Toronto @ Brampton||Brampton, 4-2|
|December 11, 2010||Toronto @ Boston||Boston, 6-4|
|December 12, 2010||Toronto @ Boston||Boston, 4-3|
|December 12, 2010||Montreal @ Brampton||Montreal 7-0|
|December 18, 2010||Boston @ Montreal||Montreal, 10-2|
|December 18, 2010||Toronto @ Brampton||Brampton 5-2|
|December 19, 2010||Boston @ Montreal||Boston, 3-2|
|December 19, 2010||Brampton @ Burlington||Brampton 6-1|
|January 8, 2011||Boston @ Brampton||Brampton, 5-3|
|January 8, 2011||Burlington @ Montreal||Montreal 9-3|
|January 9, 2011||Boston @ Toronto||Toronto, 9-4|
|January 9, 2011||Burlington @ Montreal||Montreal 3-1|
|January 15, 2011||Brampton @ Boston||Brampton 3-0|
|January 15, 2011||Montreal @ Toronto||Toronto 3-2|
|January 16, 2011||Brampton @ Boston||Brampton 4-3|
|January 16, 2011||Montreal @ Burlington||Montreal 4-3|
|January 19, 2011||Burlington @ Brampton||Brampton 5-1|
|January 21, 2011||Brampton @ Toronto||Brampton 5-2|
|January 22, 2011||Boston @ Burlington||CANCELLED|
|January 23, 2011||Boston @ Brampton||CANCELLED|
|January 29, 2011||Boston @ Montreal||Montreal 3-0|
|January 29, 2011||Brampton @ Burlington||Brampton 3-0|
|January 30, 2011||Boston @ Montreal||Boston 6-5|
|January 30, 2011||Burlington @ Toronto||Toronto 1-0|
|February 5, 2011||Toronto @ Boston||Boston 5-4|
|February 5, 2011||Burlington @ Montreal||Montreal 6-3|
|February 6, 2011||Toronto @ Boston||Boston 4-2|
|February 6, 2011||Burlington @ Montreal||Montreal 5-4|
|February 12, 2011||Brampton @ Boston||Brampton 5-2|
|February 12, 2011||Toronto @ Montreal||Toronto 5-4|
|February 13, 2011||Brampton @ Boston||Brampton 8-3|
|February 13, 2011||Toronto @ Montreal||Montreal 3-0|
|February 19, 2011||Montreal @ Toronto||Montreal 4-2|
|February 19, 2011||Brampton @ Burlington||Brampton 9-1|
|February 20, 2011||Toronto @ Burlington||Burlington 5-4|
|February 20, 2011||Montreal @ Brampton||Montreal 6-5|
|February 23, 2011||Burlington @ Toronto||Burlington 5-4|
|February 26, 2011||Burlington @ Brampton||Brampton 4-3|
|February 26, 2011||Montreal @ Boston||Montreal 5-4|
|February 27, 2011||Montreal @ Boston||Montreal 4-1|
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime Losses, SOL = Shootout Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points.
|1||Caroline Ouellette, Montreal||26||22||46||68||14|
|2||Jayna Hefford, Brampton||24||24||22||46||26|
|3||Jennifer Botterill, Toronto||22||13||25||38||12|
|4||Noemie Marin, Montreal||17||21||14||35||10|
|5||Emmanuelle Blais, Montreal||26||11||21||32||30|
|5||Julie Chu, Montreal||16||5||27||32||0|
|7||Annie Guay, Montreal||26||13||18||31||16|
|8||Sam Faber, Boston||21||15||14||29||28|
|9||Cherie Piper, Brampton||13||13||12||25||6|
|9||Angela Ruggiero, Boston||20||10||15||25||36|
|9||Sarah Vaillancourt, Montreal||12||10||15||25||8|
|9||Britni Smith, Toronto||26||7||18||25||18|
|13||Gillian Apps, Brampton||23||10||13||23||82|
|13||Brooke Beazer, Brampton||23||10||13||23||16|
|1||Kim St-Pierre, Montreal||11||10||0||3||2.08|
|2||Laura Hosier, Brampton||19||12||5||3||2.98|
|3||Sami Jo Small, Toronto||16||5||7||2||3.13|
|4||Kendra Fisher, Toronto||11||3||6||0||3.63|
|5||Christina Kessler, Burlington||19||13||1||0||3.69|
|6||Mandy Cronin, Boston||18||8||9||1||3.84|
Awards and honors
- Most Valuable Player: Caroline Ouellette, Montréal
- Angela James Bowl: Top Scorer Caroline Ouellette, Montréal
- Outstanding Rookie: Sarah Vaillancourt, Montréal
- Coach of the Year: Patrick Rankine, Montréal
CWHL Top Players
First Team All-Stars
- Goaltender: Kim St-Pierre, Montreal
- Defender: Angela Ruggiero, Boston
- Defender: Annie Guay, Montreal
- Forward: Caroline Ouellette, Montreal
- Forward: Jayna Hefford, Brampton
- Forward: Sarah Vaillancourt, Montreal
Second Team All-Stars
CWHL All-Rookie Team
Brampton travelled to Montreal and Toronto went to Boston for the first round of the playoffs. Montreal and Toronto won each of their matches against their opponents to participate in the Clarkson Cup Championship.
|Friday, March 11||Toronto 4, Boston 2||7:00 PM||Burbank Ice Arena||280|
|Friday, March 11||Montreal 2, Brampton 1||4:30 PM||Ed Meagher Arena (Concordia University)||100||Montreal wins in shootout|
|Saturday, March 12||Toronto 3, Boston 1||4:00 PM||Bright Hockey Center (Harvard University)||184||Toronto wins playoff series|
|Saturday, March 12||Montreal 4, Brampton 3||6:00 PM||McConnell Arena |
|200||Montreal wins playoff series|
The 2011 Clarkson Cup was held March 24–27, 2011. The four competing teams included three from the Canadian Women's Hockey League and the champion team of the Western Women's Hockey League, the Minnesota Whitecaps.
|March 24||12:00 noon||Toronto vs. Brampton||Toronto 3–2||100|
|March 24||6:00 pm||Minnesota vs. Montreal||Montreal 5–1||240|
|March 25||12:00 noon||Minnesota vs. Toronto||Toronto 6–0||300|
|March 25||7:00 pm||Brampton vs. Montreal||Montreal 7–4||1,000|
|March 26||11:00 am||Minnesota vs. Brampton||Brampton 7–2||500|
|March 26||3:00 pm||Toronto vs. Montreal||Montreal 2–1||1,000|
|March 27||1:00 pm||Championship||Montreal 5–0||2,300|
March 27: The final game concluded with the Montreal team defeating Toronto 5–0. Montreal got off to a 2–0 lead in the first period with the first goal scored by Noemie Marin on a backhand shot as she converted a pass from Caroline Ouellette and the second goal scored off a face off in the Toronto end when Dominique Thibault took the draw and Vanessa Davidson put a shot behind goaltender Sami Jo Small. The lone goal of the second period was scored by Sabrina Harbec on an outside drive cutting by Annie Guay. Harbec drew the goalie across the crease and put the puck in the top corner. The shots at the end of the second period were 34 to 17 in favour of the Montreal.
Montreal added two more goals in the third period to win 5–0. At 5:33, Julie Chu passed to Caroline Ouellette and made a low shot for a goal. The final goal of the game was scored with 2:42 left as Sarah Vaillancourt picked up a pass from Ouellette and scored from about five feet out. Toronto goalie Sami Jo Small played well in defeat as Montreal controlled the game outshooting Toronto 51 to 26. Toronto did threaten offensively early in the game and could have turned the contest around but Montreal goalie, Kim St-Pierre, came up with exceptional saves to earn the shutout and ultimately crown Montreal Stars as the 2011 Clarkson Cup Champions.
|Team||Games won||Games lost|
Awards and honors
|Top goaltender in the tournament|
|Player of the Game, Winning team, Clarkson Cup Final||Dominique Thibault|
|Player of the Game, Losing team, Clarkson Cup Final||Jennifer Botterill|
|Tournament Most Valuable Player||Sarah Vaillancourt|
|Top forward in the tournament|
|Top defender in the tournament|
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External news story
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- Montreal hopes Clarkson Cup win promotes women's hockey league in Globe and Mail, March 27, 2011