Friday morning Les Canadiennes de Montreal announced that Marie-Philip Poulin, one of the biggest names in women’s hockey and the gold-medal goal-scorer on Canada’s 2014 Sochi Oympics team, would take over captaincy of the CWHL’s Montreal team in the upcoming season.
Poulin was elected captain by player vote; she is only the third captain in Les Canadiennes history.
“Words can’t express how honoured I am to be chosen by my teammates,” Poulin said. “I truly believe that everyone in our locker room is a leader. This is a united group that will stand for one another. I am so thankful for this opportunity to keep growing and learning from my peers.”
Poulin’s ascendance to the throne is more than deserved. In her previous season with the CWHL — her second, as she played one season before attending college — her coaches and teammates could only speak of her positively last season. She brought leadership to the team, a sense of fun and entertained fans with her speed, complete play and exciting goals.
Forwards Caroline Ouellette and Ann-Sophie Bettez, as well as defender Cathy Chartrand will serve as alternate captains on Montreal.
“Since day one with Les Canadiennes, Marie-Philip has impressed. She’s a natural leader and trailblazer, setting the example with her outstanding play and consistent work ethic. With Caroline Ouellette, Cathy Chartrand and Ann-Sophie Bettez by her side, we have one of the most experienced and impressive leadership groups in the game today,” said General Manager Meg Hewings.
Poulin’s position as captain also marks the end of Cathy Chartrand’s reign as captain of Les Canadiennes.
Les Canadiennes’ first-round pick in the 2015 CWHL Draft, Poulin posted 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in 22 games to earn her the Angela James Bowl as the top scorer in the CWHL. She also earned the most votes for the Jayna Hefford Trophy and MVP honors.
Correction: This article previously stated that the CWHL had announced the captaincy and that Caroline Ouellette was captain prior to Poulin. It has been updated.