2011 Clarkson Cup

The 2011 Clarkson Cup was contested at the Barrie Molson Centre in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.[1] The four competing teams included three from the Canadian Women's Hockey League and one from the Western Women's Hockey League. All teams played each other in a round robin Thursday March 24 through Saturday March 26, with the top two teams meeting in the final Sunday March 27. In 2010 the tournament consisted of just two semi-finals and a final. A change to the format this year has made the tournament longer.


The top four teams from the CWHL competed in a tournament based on seedings. Seeds were determined by standings at end of regular season play.[2] On March 11 and 12, the number 1 seed played against the number 2 seed while the number 3 seed challenged the number 4 seed. The victors competed on March 13 to determine the CWHL champion. The WWHL champion was the lone WWHL team to compete in the Clarkson Cup.

March 11, 2011Toronto @ BostonToronto wins 4-2280
March 11, 2011Brampton @ MontrealMontreal wins 2-1 (shootout)100
March 12, 2011Toronto @ BostonToronto wins 3-1184
March 12, 2011Brampton @ MontrealMontreal wins 4-3200

Boston Blades is eliminated and cannot participate in the Clarkson Cup Championship. Montreal Stars, Brampton Thunder and Toronto HC participated in the final tournament. The Minnesota Whitecaps of the WWHL complete the four teams.


Brampton Thunder

Number Country Player Hometown
37 Kira Hurley Toronto, Ontario
35 Laura Hosier Sharon, Ontario
Number Country Player Hometown
43 Ashley Pendleton Orton, Ontario
34 Delaney Collins, Assistant Captain Pilot Mound, Manitoba
27 Kerri Palmer Holland Landing, Ontario
24 Amber Bowman Orton, Ontario
20 Allyson Fox Toronto, Ontario
17 Melanie Rothon Newmarket, Ontario
9 Molly Engstrom Grantsburg,Wisconsin
Number Country Player Hometown
93 Mandy Cole Peterborough, Ontario
77 Brooke Beazer Kingston, Ontario
71 Jennifer Kirk Brampton, Ontario
67 Lindsay Brown Hamilton, Ontario
66 Andrea Ironside Collingwood,Ontario
16 Jayna Hefford, captain Kingston, Ontario
12 Lori Dupuis Cornwall, Ontario
10 Gillian Apps, Assistant Captain Unionville, Ontario
7 Cherie Piper, Assistant Captain Toronto, Ontario
4 Elysia Desmier Ottawa, Ontario
2 Bree Polci London, Ontario


Coaching Staff

  • General Manager: Maria Quinto and Jody Katz
  • Head Coach: Peter Crosby
  • Assistant Coach: Phil Bateman
  • Assistant Coach: Kristi Alcorn

Montreal Stars

Number Country Player Hometown
35 Jenny Lavigne Lac au Saumon, Quebec
33 Kim St-Pierre Châteauguay, Quebec
27 Valerie Charbonneau Sudbury, Ontario
Number Country Player Hometown
44 Nathalie Dery, Assistant Captain Cap Santé, Quebec
24 Stephanie Denino Saint-Laurent, Quebec
19 Sharon Kelly Riverview, New Brunswick
16 Gillian Merrifield London, Ontario
8 Tawnya Danis Pointe-Claire, Quebec
4 Annie Guay Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
Number Country Player Hometown
96 Sabrina Harbec Saint-Hubert, Quebec
86 Dominique Thibault L'Original, Ontario
47 Emmanuelle Blais Montreal, Quebec
40 Sarah Vaillancourt Sherbrooke, Quebec
26 Lisa-Marie Breton, Captain Saint-Zacharie, Quebec
25 Vanessa Davidson Kirkland, Quebec
21 Julie Chu Fairfield, Connecticut
18 Donna Ringrose Campbell's Bay, Quebec
13 Caroline Ouellette, Assistant captain Montreal, Quebec
12 Emilie Luck Pointe-Claire, Quebec
11 Kelly Sudia, Assistant Captain Pointe-Claire, Quebec
10 Noemie Marin Acton Vale, Quebec


Coaching staff

  • General Manager: Megh Hewings
  • Head Coach:Patrick Rankine
  • Assistant Coach: Philipe Trahan

Minnesota Whitecaps

Number Country Player Hometown
39 Megan Van Beusekom Loretto, Minnesota
30 Kim Hanlon Blaine, Minnesota
20 Sanya Sandahl Duluth, Minnesota
Number Country Player Hometown
33 Rachael Drazan Orono, Minnesota
21 Allie Sanchez St. Paul, Minnesota
12 Jenny Schnickel Coon Rapids, Minnesota
7 Briana Jentner Akron, Ohio
5 Winny Brodt, Captain Roseville, Minnesota
2 Chelsey Brodt Roseville, Minnesota
Number Country Player Hometown
77 Amy Stech Duluth, Minnesota
29 Christina Lee Maple Plain, Minnesota
27 Maggie Fisher South St. Paul, Minnesota
25 Iya Gavrilova Krasnoyarsk, Russia
22 Megan McCarthy Eden Prairie, Minnesota
19 Erin Keys St. Paul, Minnesota
16 Jenny Potter Edina, Minnesota
15 Allie Thunstrom Maplewood, Minnesota
11 Krissy Wendell-Pohl Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
10 Brooke White-Lancette Berkeley, California
9 Gisele Marvin Warroad, Minnesota
8 Meaghan Pezon Eden Prairie, Minnesota
6 Kelli Blankenship Miami, Florida
2 Sammy Nixon Blaine, Minnesota


Coaching staff

  • Head Coach: Jack Brodt
  • Assistant Coach: Dwayne Schmidgall
  • Assistant Coach: Jim Minkoff


Number Country Player Hometown
31 Allison Cubberley Bracebridge, Ontario
30 Kendra Fisher Kincardine, Ontario
1 Sami Jo Small Winnipeg, Manitoba
Number Country Player Hometown
25 Tessa Bonhomme Sudbury, Ontario
19 Britni Smith Port Perry, Ontario
18 Alexandra Hoffmeyer Detroit, Michigan
12 Martine Garland Toronto, Ontario
5 Jessica Clermont Port Elgin, Ontario
4 Michelle Bonello Mississauga, Ontario
2 Haleigh Callison Smithers, British Columbia
Number Country Player Hometown
96 Kelly Zamora Oshawa, Ontario
67 Rebecca Davies Toronto, Ontario
44 Kori Cheverie Truro, Nova Scotia
27 Kristy Zamora Oshawa, Ontario
17 Jennifer Botterill Winnipeg, Manitoba
16 Frances McPhail Vancouver, British Columbia
15 Angela Di Stasi Toronto, Ontario
14 LaToya Clarke Pickering, Ontario
11 Melanie Mills Pusclinsh, Ontario
9 Jennifer Brine Truro, Nova Scotia
6 Meagan Aarts Wattford, Ontario
Carly Haggard Port Alberni, British Columbia


Coaching Staff

  • General Manager: Barb Fisher
  • Head Coach: Dan Lichterman
  • Assistant Coach: Joanne Eustace
  • Assistant Coach: Bartley Blair


In the first games, Toronto[7] and Montreal[8] earned victories over Brampton and Minnesota . In the second day, Sarah Vaillancourt scored 3 goals during the game to lead Montreal to a 7-4 victory over Brampton.[9] In another match, Sami Jo Small celebrated her 35th birthday by stopping 40 shots to lead Toronto to a 6-0 win over Minnesota.[10] The Championships tournament ran over the weekend. Saturday, Montreal scored a crucial victory 2-1 against Toronto.[11] This win guaranteed Montreal a place in the Clarkson Cup final on Sunday against Toronto, who also recorded two victories in the tournament.

DateTimeTeamsFinal ScoreAttendance
March 2412:00 noonToronto vs BramptonToronto 3-2100
March 246:00 pmMinnesota vs MontrealMontreal 5-1240
March 2512:00 noonMinnesota vs TorontoToronto 6-0300
March 257:00 pmBrampton vs MontrealMontreal 7-41,000
March 2611:00 amMinnesota vs BramptonBrampton 7-2500
March 263:00 pmToronto vs MontrealMontreal 2-11,000
March 271:00 pmChampionship Final gameMontreal 5-02,300

Championship game

March 27th Sunday: The final game concluded with the powerful Montreal team defeating Toronto 5 - 0.[12] Montreal got off to a 2 - 0 lead in the first period, The first goal was scored by Noémie Marin on a backhand from her off wing at 14:47 as she converted a pass from Caroline Ouellette. The second goal was scored at 7:29 minute from a face off in the Toronto end as Dominique Thibault took the draw and Vanessa Davidson skated off the boards, picked up the puck and put a quick shot behind goaltender Sami Jo Small. The lone goal of the second period was scored at 10:36 by Sabrina Harbec on a nice outside drive cutting by Annie Guay. Sabrina Harbec pulled 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 Stars.

Montreal added two more goals in the third period to capture the 5-0 win Final game.[13] At the 5:33 minute, Julie Chu feathered a pass to Caroline Ouellette, who made a perfect low shot to score. The final goal of the game was scored with 2:42 left as Sarah Vaillancourt picked up a pass from Caroline Ouellette and she hit the mark on a quick shot from about five feet out. Toronto goalie Sami Jo Small played well in defeat[14] 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[15] to earn the shutout and ultimately crown Montreal Stars the Clarkson Cup Champions 2011.[16]

  • The Three Stars of the Game: First Star - Dominique Thibault, Montreal. Second Star - Vanessa Davidson, Montreal. Third Start - Jennifer Botterill, Toronto.[17]
Playoff RecordsGames wonGames lost

Awards and honours

Top goaltender in the tournament
Player of the Game, Winning team, Clarkson Cup FinalDominique Thibault
Player of the Game, Losing team, Clarkson Cup FinalJennifer Botterill
Tournament Most Valuable PlayerSarah Vaillancourt
Top forward in the tournament
Top defender in the tournament

See also


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  2. http://www.cwhl.ca/clarksoncup.asp
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  9. CBCsports.ca ,Montreal beats Brampton at Clarkson Cup, http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2011/03/25/sp-clarkson-fri.html
  10. Globe and Mail, Small comes up big at Clarkson Cup, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/small-comes-up-big-at-clarkson-cup/article1957695/
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  14. Globe and Mail, Montreal beats Toronto to win Clarkson Cup,https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/montreal-beats-toronto-to-win-clarkson-cup/article1958614/
  15. CBCsport.ca , St-Pierre backstops Montreal to Clarkson Cup title, http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2011/03/27/sp-clarksoncup.html
  16. Globe and Mail, Montreal hopes Clarkson Cup win promotes women's hockey league, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/montreal-hopes-clarkson-cup-win-promotes-womens-hockey-league/article574190/
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