2011–12 CWHL season

The 2011–12 CWHL season was the fifth in league history. Regular season play begun on October 22, 2011, as the defending champion Montreal Stars host the Brampton Thunder. The league expanded from five teams to six as Team Alberta (CWHL) joined the league for competitive play. The 2012 Clarkson Cup in Niagara Falls was also contested between the Stars and Thunder, with Montreal winning its second consecutive title.


News and notes

  • April 19: The league announced on April 19, 2011, that it would merge with the Western Women's Hockey League for the 2011-12 season. The merger will feature one team based in Edmonton and Calgary and is a combination of the former WWHL franchises the Edmonton Chimos and Strathmore Rockies. The team will play their games in various locations around Alberta.[1] Strathmore Rockies founder Samantha Holmes-Domagala, will join the sponsorship division of the CWHL and look after the requirements of the expansion team.[2]
  • July 21, 2011: Philanthropist Joan Snyder donated $2 million to Winsport Canada. The goal is to ensure priority rink access to female hockey players at all levels, and help expand the Canadian Women's Hockey League with the creation of Team Alberta. Part of the donation will cover the new addition to the Athletic and Ice Complex at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. This will serve as the future home to Hockey Canada. In addition, there shall be four hockey rinks, one of which will be aptly called the Joan Snyder Rink. Team Alberta will benefit with the allocation of free practice time, a dressing room exclusive to the club.[3]

CWHL Draft

The following are the first ten overall picks in the CWHL Draft. For further detail, please see 2011 CWHL Draft

Pick Player Team
1Meghan AgostaMontreal Stars
2Molly SchausBoston Blades
3Meaghan MikkelsonTeam Alberta (CWHL)
4Vicki BendusBrampton Thunder
5Jesse ScanzanoToronto CWHL
6Courtney BirchardBrampton Thunder
7Catherine WardMontreal Stars
8Meghan DugganBoston Blades
9Bobbi-Jo SlusarTeam Alberta
10Sommer WestBurlington Barracudas


NCAA exhibition

DateCWHL teamNCAA schoolScoreCWHL goal scorers
Oct. 25, 2011Brampton ThunderCornell Big Red women's ice hockeyCornell, 6-0[5]None
Nov. 2, 2011Brampton ThunderMercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockeyBrampton, 3-1Jayna Hefford, Jesse Scanzano, Vicki Bendus[6]
  • On November 2, 2011, Scanzano was on loan from the Toronto Furies, as she appeared in one game for the Brampton Thunder. The game was an exhibition contest versus her alma mater, the Mercyhurst Lakers.[7] In the second period of said contest, Scanzano scored the game-winning goal as the Thunder defeated the Lakers by a 3-1 tally.[8]

Regular season

News and notes

  • October 13, 2011: The CWHL will participate in two charity hockey games for cancer research at Windsor Arena. The event is called 'Stick It To Cancer' and the Montreal Stars will compete versus the Toronto Furies in two games on Nov. 26 and 27. The campaign is being organized in partnership by the CWHL, along with Breast Ride Ever, a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds from the games will benefit local cancer programs and the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County.[9]
  • On November 18, 2011, several Burlington Barracudas players (including Christina Kessler, Shannon Moulson, Ashley Stephenson, Jana Harrigan, Amanda Shaw, Annina Rajahuhta, Samantha Shirley, Amanda Parkins, and Lindsay Vine) competed in the first ever Hockey Helps The Homeless Women's Tournament. Said tournament was held at the Magna Centre in Newmarket, Ontario.[10]
  • November 19, at Montreal, the second annual "Game on to beat breast cancer" benefit. The target to surpass last year's donation results was far exceeded. A new attendance record was also set at the game, with over 1,100 fans[11] in the stands.[12] December 8, Montréal Stars offer a cheque for close to $15 000 to the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation[13]
  • Barracudas players Christina Kessler and Shannon Moulson were part of an event at Power Play Sports in Niagara Falls, Ontario on December 20, 2011 to promote the 2012 Clarkson Cup (to be held in Niagara Falls). After the event, they met players from the NFGHA (Niagara Falls Girls Hockey League) for photographs and autographs.[14]

Season standings

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points.

Regular season
No. Team GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1Montreal Stars2722411606651
2Boston Blades2720701076146
3Brampton Thunder2718721028040
4Toronto Furies2791357510526
5Alberta CWHL155100386620
6Burlington Barracudas271260461502

Team Alberta CWHL plays only half of the number of regular matches. This because of the geographical estrangement. Points are consequently adjusted with another teams.


League leaders

Scoring leaders

Meghan Agosta Montreal Stars2741398016
Caroline Ouellette Montreal Stars2730366612
Vanessa DavidsonMontreal Stars2724254926
Kelli StackBoston Blades2724174116
Gillian Apps Brampton Thunder2719203970
Noemie MarinMontreal Stars2412223416
Cherie Piper Brampton Thunder2512213310
Erika Lawler Boston Blades2611223310
Gigi MarvinBoston Blades2711213224
Catherine WardMontreal Stars272293128
Vicki Bendus Brampton Thunder2715142918
Sarah Vaillancourt Montreal Stars1410182830
Emmanuelle BlaisMontreal Stars2110172724
Molly Engstrom Brampton Thunder274232722
Sabrina HarbecMontreal Stars17816242

Goaltending leaders

Molly Schaus Boston Blade231386:051670002.38
Jenny Lavigne Montreal Stars231358:131940022.39
Liz KnoxBrampton Thunder201206:061361012.94
Erika Vanderveer Toronto Furies9525:00251102.97
Lundy DayTeam Alberta CWHL10603:33460003.98
Sami Jo Small Toronto Furies16933:13572214.11
Christina KesslerBurlington Barracudas11634:441100005.10
Mandy CroninBurlington Barracudas13675:120110005.86


Awards and honours

The 2012 CWHL Awards Banquet[17] was held on Mar. 21, 2012 in Niagara Falls, ON (during the Clarkson Cup weekend). That night, the league formally recognized the Angela James Bowl winner, the Most Valuable Player, the Goaltender of the Year, the Rookie of the Year, and the Coach of the Year.

CWHL Top Players

CWHL All-Stars

First Team All-Stars

Second Team All-Stars

CWHL All-Rookie Team

CWHL Monthly Top Scorer


The postseason was held at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. All teams played in a round robin to determine the contestants in the Clarkson Cup finals.

March 22TorontoMontrealMontreal, 7-0
March 22BramptonBostonBrampton, 3-2
March 23TorontoBostonBoston, 5-2
March 23BramptonMontrealMontreal, 2-0
March 24TorontoBramptonBrampton, 4-2
March 24BostonMontrealMontreal, 5-4 (OT)

Clarkson Cup

DateLocationFinal ScoreAttendance
25 MarchGale CentreNiagara Falls, ONMontreal Stars 4-2 Brampton Thunder5,000


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