Many DHD Staff Members Play in Stars Annual Breast Cancer Benefit Game
It was an electric atmosphere Saturday night at Etienne Desmarteau Arena. The Montreal Stars hosted the Boston blades in a benefit game that not only featured a number of Olympic athletes, but also served a bigger cause.
The Stars wore custom pink Bauer jerseys during the first period on Saturday. The jerseys were then auctioned off during the second period, while 70% of proceeds from the sale of Olympic memorabilia, event tickets, elite sports equipment and training programs went toward the Wellness Initiative of the Cedar’s Breast Cancer Clinic at the McGill University Health Centre.
In front of a capacity crowd, the game was a great battle between two talented teams. Montreal went up early in the first period with goals from Alyssa Cecere and Caroline Ouellette who had returned for her first game following an amazing Team Canada Olympic victory in Sochi.
The second period was tight with great chances by both teams. Boston goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (who also returned from Sochi) made a number of highlight reel saves to keep her team in the game. At the other end, Stars goalie Catherine Herron held her own, by turning away shot after shot. With a number of Boston players crashing the net, it was Herron’s rebound control that made the difference.
In the third, former National Team member Sarah Vaillancourt increased Montreal’s lead to 3 with a beautiful power-play goal on a great pass by teammate Vanessa Davidson. Less then two minutes later, feisty forward Emmanuelle Blais seemed to put the game out of reach when she recorded her 100th point in a Stars uniform at 7:22 of the final period. Credit was given to Boston who never gave up and finished the game with two unanswered goals to make the score respectable.
Off the ice, a number of items were put into a silent auction (including a registration to Doyle Hockey Development) for spectators to choose from. As well, Olympic Gold medalists Catherine Ward, Charline Labonté and Laurianne Rougeau were on hand to take pictures, sign autographs and display their Gold Medals. Montreal Stars GM Meg Hewings was thrilled with the turnout. “It's was incredible to see our arena packed to the rafters and feel the energy 1,400 people can bring to a game, and a great cause! Our players live their passion for hockey just like the NHL players do, but with 0% of the salary. They train several times a week, play 2 games per weekend, and work full time. So to play in front of a crowd like that and feel their enthusiasm is uplifting and gratifying. Fans waited for over an hour after the game to get autographs and interact with the players and this exchange was special. We hope to carry the energy from this game into the Clarkson Cup Championship, and build on this momentum next season!" explained Hewings.
By nights end, a total of $12,000 was raised, a number of young female players watched some of their heroes on the ice, and hopefully women’s hockey gained new supporters as more and more people are introduced and impressed by the quality of play in the women’s game.
The stars are now preparing for theClarkson Cup a trophy given out to the top CWHL team. This years final tournament will take place in Markham Ontario from March 18th – 22nd 2014. For more inforamation and ticket purchase CLICK HERE.