Montreal, Quebec (July 12, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes de Montréal have acquired Olympic goaltender Geneviève Lacasse and forward Jillian Saulnier from the Calgary Inferno in exchange for future considerations in the form of player(s) and/or draft pick(s), the organization announced today.
The transaction will see Saulnier, a talented Team Canada forward from Halifax, NS and veteran netminder Lacasse, a French-speaker from Kingston, ON, move back east to join Les Canadiennes for the 2018-19 season.
“I am excited for the opportunity to play for Les Canadiennes. They are a first-class organization and I look forward to stepping on the ice with the team,” said Lacasse, who was born in Montreal.
The 29-year-old netminder was drafted to Boston in 2012, and won two Clarkson Cups with the Blades before joining the Calgary Inferno for the 2016-17 campaign. In five seasons in the CWHL, Lacasse has averaged 2.91 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage in the regular season and maintained a 0.96 GAA and .964 SV% in seven playoff games. She stood out in the NCAA too, establishing new goaltender records for career wins (64), games played (127), saves (3482), and shutouts (20) with Providence College.
Drafted 15th overall by the Inferno at the 2015 CWHL Draft, Saulnier has been named twice to the CWHL All-Star team and captured the Clarkson Cup in 2016 with the Inferno. In 42 regular season games, the 26-year-old has recorded 40 points (23 G, 17 A) and put up six points (2 G, 4 A) in seven playoff games. With her outstanding career at Cornell University, Saulnier scored 80 goals and had 115 assists for 195 points in 125 games, and was named a finalist for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier award in 2014.
Both Lacasse and Saulnier have made an impact on the international stage with Team Canada. Lacasse is a two-time Olympian, winning gold and silver at the 2014 Sochi and 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, respectively. She also captured gold and silver at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships, respectively. Saulnier was the first female Nova Scotian hockey player to represent Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship, where she captured silver. She made her Olympic debut at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, winning silver.
“I would like to thank the Calgary Inferno organization for welcoming me into the CWHL three years ago, and for the countless memories made out west during my time spent with the team. With that chapter closing, I am extremely excited to head back east to continue to grow and develop with the amazing organization, Les Canadiennes de Montréal,” said Saulnier.
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About the CWHL
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally run women’s hockey league in the world. A not-for-profit organization, the league is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, while providing a place for the best female hockey players in North America to train and compete. Affordably priced, all CWHL games showcase speed, finesse and skill. Since its inception in 2007, the CWHL has supported all teams in their season of home/away games, as well as charity and exhibition games in the community. Each season has culminated in an exciting playoff tournament where the top teams play-off for the Clarkson Cup, the equivalent of the Stanley Cup in women’s hockey.