Montreal will have a professional women's hockey team

Montréal will have a professional women's hockey team

Marie-Philip Poulin in the uniform of the Montreal Canadiens.

A new women's hockey team will be settling in Montreal for the 2022-2023 season.

The Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) announced Tuesday morning that the Montreal bid had been selected to host a team expansion.

The agreement between club management and the league is supported by Center 21.02, a high-performance hockey center located in Verdun and directed by Danièle Sauvageau.

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Centre 21.02 is based at the Verdun Auditorium.
Photo: Josie Desmarais/Métro

The players will train in Verdun, but the games next season will be played in communities across Quebec to increase visibility and showcase women's hockey throughout the province.

“The mission of Center 21.02 is to provide a leading training environment for Quebec's elite female athletes so that they can develop and become world leaders in hockey,” says the board of directors. administration of the Centre.

Kevin Raphaël will act as president and Emmanuel Anderson will be vice-president.

With the addition of the new Montreal formation, the PHF now has seven teams across Canada and the United States.

“These are exciting times for the PHF and the growth of professional women's hockey,” said PHF Commissioner Reagan Carey.

“Montreal and the province of Quebec have a rich hockey history. and the PHF is proud to be an official part of it.” 

Details regarding the home game venue, official name, logo and roster of coaching staff will be revealed in the coming weeks. 

Founded in 2019, Center 21.02 is a sports complex that includes two skating rinks in the borough of Verdun. It is the first and only high performance hockey center for female athletes in Canada.

The city’s professional female hockey history includes the Montreal Stars, founded in 2007 and renamed the Canadiens de Montréal in 2015. They won a record four Clarkson Cups, between 2009 and 2019, in the Canadian Women's Hockey League.

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