Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Combination of rookies and experienced CIS player comprise Montreal Carabins recruiting class

As the Montreal Carabins look to return to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championship game, a unique group of five recruits sets a new precedent. Of note, two of the five players recruited to compete for the Carabins during the 2015-16 CIS women’s ice hockey season shall include two players with prior experience at the university level.

Casandra Dupuis is a familiar name among Carabins fans, having competed for the program from 2010 to 2013, which also included the national championship season (2013). Having spent the last two seasons with the Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), she appeared in the championship game of the 2015 Clarkson Cup. With two years of university eligibility remaining, she has opted to return to the Carabins, providing a strong leadership role for a program in a rebuilding phase.

Joining Dupuis shall be Maude Laramee, a 2014 CIS All-Canadian Second Team selection. Having spent the first three seasons of her CIS career with the division rival Ottawa Gee-Gees, she will fill the gap left by outgoing blueliners Janique Duval and Elizabeth Mantha. Complemented by the occasional display of offensive flair, chances to create goal scoring opportunities are highly possible.

Among the fresh faces that comprise the incoming group of first-year players, Catherine Dubois may be the most prized recruit. Having participated with Hockey Canada’s Under-18 and Under-22/Development programs, she supplies a fundamentally sound game that is destined to make her one of the program’s all-time leading scorers. Competing last season with Les Titans du Cegep Limoilou, she registered 45 points in only 16 matches.

The recipient of the 2015 Most Valuable Player Award in CEGEP hockey (Quebec), Alexandra Labelle represents another potential scoring threat for the Carabins. Having played for Les Patriotes, she was the key component in the club capturing the 2015 CEGEP crown. Considering that sophomore Jessica Cormier  should hit her scoring stride this season, playing on a line with Labelle could solidify the Carabins attack for seasons to come.

Having served as the captain of the Lynx du College Edouard Montpetit, blueliner Kim Poirier is part of a long list of star players from the program to suit up for the Carabins. Among them is Ariane Barker, who led the Carabins in scoring last season. Entering her fifth season, Barker should be an ideal mentor for Poirier, who comprises a new generation of blueline talent looking to maintain the Carabins status as a national power.

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