2018–19 CWHL season
The 2018–19 CWHL season was the 12th and final season of the Canadian Women's Hockey League.
|2018–19 CWHL season|
|League||Canadian Women's Hockey League|
|Season champions||Calgary Inferno|
|Season MVP||Marie-Philip Poulin (Les Canadiennes)|
|Top scorer||Marie-Philip Poulin (Les Canadiennes)|
|MVP||Brianna Decker (Calgary)|
- July 16: The CWHL contracted the Vanke Rays' membership after one season to focus solely on the Kunlun Red Star team in China.
- July 19: Jayna Hefford was appointed to the position of interim commissioner of the CWHL, replacing inaugural commissioner Brenda Andress, who tendered her resignation.
- August 3: The Kunlun Red Star franchise was rebranded as the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays as part of integrating the CWHL's two teams in China. Rob Morgan, who served as the head coach of the Vanke Rays during the previous season, was also named as the general manager for the consolidated Chinese team.
- August 20, 2018: The Boston Blades relocated to Worcester, Massachusetts and rebranded as the Worcester Blades. Home games are scheduled for the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center.
One league movement
Starting in March 2018, and throughout the offseason, current and former players took to social media to promote the concept of one unified professional women's hockey league. Players had utilized the hashtag #OneLeague to indicated their support.
Head coaching and front office personnel changes
|Team||2017–18 head coach||2018–19 replacement||Notes|
|Calgary Inferno||Tomas Pacina||Shannon Miller||Miller was signed by the Inferno as their head coach on June 23, 2018.|
|Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays||Digit Murphy||Bob Deraney||Murphy left the team in May 2018 after leading Kunlun Red Star to the 2018 Clarkson Cup championship game. Deraney was signed by KRS as head coach on June 12, 2018, after several year as head coach of the Providence Friars women's ice hockey team.|
|Toronto Furies||Jeff Flanagan||Courtney Birchard||The Furies signed Birchard as their new head coach on July 31, 2018. In addition, Ken Dufton was named as an advisor to the team.|
|Worcester Blades||Kacy Ambroz||Paul Kennedy||Kennedy replaced Ambroz, who had gone 1–12 after being promoted from assistant during the previous season when head coach Casey Brugman was fired in January 2018.|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach||Notes|
|Calgary Inferno||Shannon Miller||Ryan Hilderman
|Miller left after only 12 games and 10–1–1 record while in first place. She was replaced by assistant coaches Hilderman and Duhamel.|
|Les Canadiennes||Dany Brunet||Caroline Ouellette||Brunet resigned on 24 November 2018 after leading the team to three Clarkson Cup appearances. Recently retired player Caroline Ouellette was hired as the interim head coach.|
|Team||2017–18 GM||2018–19 replacement||Notes|
|Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays||Rob Morgan||Morgan coached the previous season with the Vanke Rays and was named general manager of the consolidated and rebranded China-based team.|
|Toronto Furies||Nicole Latreille||Sami Jo Small||On June 11, 2018, Small was named general manager of the Toronto Furies.|
|Worcester Blades||Jessica Martino||Derek Alfama||Alfama was named the new general manager of the Boston Blades on August 2, 2018.|
|Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays||28||13||13||2||0||28||79||68|
- Advanced to playoffs
Clarkson Cup playoffs
|Clarkson Cup semifinals|
|Clarkson Cup Championship|
Awards and honors
|Chairman's Trophy (regular season champions)||Calgary Inferno|
|Most Valuable Player||Marie-Philip Poulin (MTL)||Rebecca Johnston (CGY) and Natalie Spooner (TOR)|
|Angela James Bowl (top scorer)||Marie-Philip Poulin (MTL)|
|Coach of the Year||Jim Jackson (MAR)||Ryan Hilderman (CGY) and Courtney Kessel (TOR)|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Erin Ambrose (MTL)||Kacey Bellamy (CGY) and Laura Fortino (MAR)|
|Goalie of the Year||Alex Rigsby (CGY)||Emerance Maschmeyer (MTL) and Noora Raty (KRS)|
|Humanitarian Award||Mike Bartlett|
|Jayna Hefford Trophy (league MVP voted by the players)||Marie-Philip Poulin (MTL)||Brianne Jenner (CGY) and Emerance Maschmeyer (MTL)|
|Rookie of the Year||Victoria Bach (MAR)||Rebecca Leslie (CGY) and Sarah Nurse (TOR)|
- "CWHL TO FEATURE SIX TEAMS IN 2018-19". CWHL. July 16, 2018.
- Canadian Press (July 18, 2018). "CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress to Step Down". CWHL. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- Maura Sun (3 August 2018). "Kunlun Red Stars Announce Team Name Change". Canadian Women's Hockey League. Archived from the original on 7 April 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
- Jessica Rochwerg (20 August 2018). "CWHL ANNOUNCES BLADES RELOCATION TO WORCESTER". CWHL. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
- Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow, The Associated Press (15 March 2018). "One women's pro hockey league is the goal, but there's no clear path to get there". The National Post. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- Mike Murphy (15 June 2018). "Kunlun signs Newell, Carpenter and four others re-sign with China's CWHL clubs". SB Nation: Ice Garden. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- Tammy Schwass (23 June 2018). "The Calgary Inferno Professional Women's Hockey Team Welcome World-Renowned Coach, Shannon Miller to the Bench". Calgary Inferno. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- "Bob Deraney named head coach of Kunlun Red Stars". TheIceGarden.com. 12 June 2018.
- "Kessel New Head Coach, Dufton New Advisor". Toronto Furies. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- "Boston Blades introduce Paul Kennedy as new head coach". TheIceGarden.com. July 27, 2018.
- "Shannon Miller steps down as Calgary Inferno coach". Duluth News Tribune. December 6, 2018.
- "Les Canadiennes head coach Dany Brunet resigns; Caroline Ouellette to take over on interim basis". SB Nation. 24 November 2018.
- Donna Spencer (11 June 2018). "Sami Jo Small named GM of CWHL's Toronto Furies". Toronto Star. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- "Derek Alfama Named General Manger of Boston Blades". CWHL. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
- "2018–19 CWHL Standings". theCWHL.com. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
- "POULIN WINS BIG AT 2019 CWHL AWARD SHOW". CWHL. March 22, 2019. Archived from the original on March 23, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
- "2019 CWHL Award Nominees". CWHL. March 15, 2019. Archived from the original on March 23, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.