2016–17 CWHL season

The 2016–17 CWHL season is the tenth in the history of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). Opening weekend took place on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, with a pair of series taking place in the Greater Toronto Area. The Toronto Furies hosted the Boston Blades in the first Heritage Game of the season. The 2016 Commissioners Trophy winning Canadiennes de Montreal took on the Brampton Thunder during opening weekend. The defending Clarkson Cup champion Calgary Inferno played their first game of the season on October 22, as they hosted the Brampton Thunder. Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre will be the host venue for the Clarkson Cup finals for the second consecutive year.

2016–17 CWHL season
LeagueCanadian Women's Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 2016 to March 2017
Number of teams5
Regular season
Season championsCalgary Inferno
Season MVPMarie-Philip Poulin
Top scorerMarie-Philip Poulin & Jess Jones
Clarkson Cup
ChampionsLes Canadiennes


CWHL Draft

The 2016 draft for the Canadian Women's Hockey League took place in Toronto on August 21, 2016.[2] Kayla Tutino of the Boston University Terriers women's ice hockey program was selected first overall by the Boston Blades.[3]

Regular season

  • On December 11, 2016, Caroline Ouellette logged a pair of assists, eclipsing the 300-point mark. Of note, Ouellette became the first player in the history of the CWHL to reach this plateau.
  • On December 11, 2016, goaltender Lauren Dahm gained the first win of her CWHL career, as the Boston Blades defeated the Toronto Furies in a shoot-out.

Heritage Games

In honor of the CWHL's tenth anniversary season, all teams participated in Heritage Games, honoring team alumnae.[4]

  • October 15, 2016 - Boston Blades @ Toronto Furies
  • November 19, 2016 - Calgary Inferno @ Brampton Thunder
  • December 10, 2016 - Calgary Inferno @ Les Canadiennes de Montreal - Played at Montreal's Bell Centre
  • January 7, 2016 - Les Canadiennes de Montreal @ Boston Blades
  • February 4, 2016 - Boston Blades @ Calgary Inferno

All-Star Game

The CWHL All-Star Game was held at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on February 11, 2017. This marks the third time that the ACC has served as host venue for the event. Jess Jones of the Brampton Thunder and Jillian Saulnier of the Calgary Inferno both scored a hat trick as members of Team White,[5] becoming the first competitors in CWHL All-Star Game history to achieve the feat.


Statistical leaders

Clarkson Cup playoffs

Clarkson Cup semifinals
Clarkson Cup final
Mar. 5
1 Les Canadiennes 2
4 Brampton Thunder 0
1 Les Canadiennes 3
2 Calgary Inferno 1
2 Calgary Inferno 2
3 Toronto Furies 1

Awards and honors

Regular season

  • Chairman's Trophy: Calgary Inferno

Postseason awards

CWHL Awards

Angela James BowlMarie-Philip Poulin (MTL) and Jess Jones (BRA)
Coach of the YearScott Reid (CGY)Dany Brunet (MTL) and Brian McCloskey (BOS)[6]
Defensive Player of the YearMeaghan Mikkelson-Reid (CGY)Laura Fortino (BRA) and Cathy Chartrand (MTL)
Goalie Of the YearCharline Labonte (MTL)Genevieve Lacasse (CGY) and Christina Kessler (TOR)
Humanitarian AwardJessica Campbell (CGY)
Jayna Hefford Trophy (league MVP voted by the players)Marie-Philip Poulin (MTL)Jess Jones (BRA) and Ann-Sophie Bettez (MTL)
Most Valuable PlayerMarie-Philip Poulin (MTL)Jess Jones (BRA) and Brianne Jenner (CGY)
Rookie Of The YearLaura Stacey (BRA)Renata Fast (TOR) and Iya Gavrilova (CGY)


CWHL All-Rookie Team


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  3. "Montrealer Kayla Tutino picked 1st in 2016 CWHL draft". CBC. 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  4. "2016-17 Schedule Released, Heritage Games Announced". CWHL. 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  5. "Jones shines in CWHL All-Star Game". Mississauga.com. 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  6. "The Nominations Are In". CWHL. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  7. "CWHL HONOURS LEAGUE BEST AT 2017 AWARDS GALA". CWHL. 2017-03-04. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
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