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Women’s Hockey Wednesday: Bonne chance, Charline!

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As the 2017-18 season approaches, we say goodbye to one of hockey’s best..

Charline Labonté with the Clarkson Cup and her Canadiennes teammates Pat Barkley / CWHL

Story of the week

After four Olympic golds, multiple World Championships, six seasons backstopping Montréal in the NWHL, another four in the CWHL and winning top goaltender for the last three consecutive seasons, Charline Labonté topped off her career as a Clarkson Cup champion and MVP.

While there are many queer female hockey players who are casually out, Labonté is one of the few to make a public declaration, coming out in reaction to the Russian laws around “homosexual propaganda” after she won her fourth gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.

We have links below about her story and her legacy, but to see what les Canadiennes will be missing this season, here are her highlights from the past season and her international career.

La gardienne Charline Labonté, à la poursuite de nouveaux buts | ICI.Radio-Canada.ca
À presque 35 ans, la quadruple médaillée olympique Charline Labonté a annoncé lundi qu'il était temps de prendre sa retraite du hockey.

Stu Cowan: Charline Labonté’s goal crease was her bubble in life | Montreal Gazette
Little girl from Boisbriand who didn't know which legs the pads went on retires with four Olympic gold medals and three world championships.

Charline Labonté officially announces her retirement - Eyes On The Prize
One of the best women's hockey goaltenders ever calls it a career.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Charline Labonte retires from CWHL | Toronto Star
The veteran goaltender announced last year she would not try to make the national team for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, but continued to play for the CWHL’s Les Canadiennes.

Decorated Goaltender Charline Labonté Calls It a Career - Canadian Women's Hockey League
Les Canadiennes are bidding farewell to a player who has contributed tremendously to the franchise’s history.

International hockey

Olympic schedule released - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF
Games set for men’s, women’s tournaments

Heritage lends a helping hand
Chasing her Olympic dreams again, Brigette Lacquette is carrying the hopes of the First Nations community with her and using them as inspiration for a push to PyeongChang

Canada’s National Women’s Team to face rivals in Winnipeg
Canada’s National Women’s Team has announced Winnipeg as the second Canadian host for its six-game series against the U.S. Women’s National Team.

The ice-skating captain who is a brain scientist - NZ Herald
Brain scientist Helen Murray is tired of people asking her when she's going to stop playing ice hockey.

KUNA : 'Ice ladies' eager to put Kuwaiti women hockey on global map - Sports -

USWNT and Tampa Bay Lightning Alumni Scrimmage at AMALIE Arena
The United States Women’s National Team took on the Tampa Bay Lightning alumni in a scrimmage at AMALIE Arena on Sunday evening.

Women’s Hockey Top 25 Under 25 | Number 6 - Emily Pfalzer - The Ice Garden
She may be small, but Emily Pfalzer is a fierce, talented competitor and has the medals, trophies and awards to prove it.

Women’s Hockey Top 25 Under 25 | Number 5 - Lara Stalder - The Ice Garden
The Swiss sensation is our highest-ranked European player.

CWHL

CWHL Unveils 2017-18 Season Schedule - Canadian Women's Hockey League

Bend’s Jetta Rackleff helps Team USA win inline gold in China
The goalie is getting ready for her second pro ice hockey season

Les Canadiennes announce selection camp details - Eyes On The Prize
The camp starts with fitness testing Saturday morning before on-ice sessions later in the day and continuing on Sunday.

Shine Out! Shout Out! hockey tournament raises $35,000 | InsideHalton.com
The fifth annual Shine Out! Shout Out! hockey tournament held earlier this month raised more than $35,000 supporting mental health.

NWHL

NWHL Releases Twitter Game of the Week Schedule - The Ice Garden
The NWHL will live stream 16 regular season games, the NWHL All-Star Game and two games of the pre-season NWHL/Team Russia Summit Series on Twitter.

NCAA

SB Nation’s Women’s College Hockey Division I Poll: Exhibitions and Extrapolations - The Ice Garden
We’re back! With the season kicking off it's time to start ranking the teams again.

2017-18 NCAA Preview: 5 storylines to follow - The Ice Garden
North Dakota players scatter, the NCAA looks ahead at expansion, and some top goalies to watch this year.

Women’s NCAA College Hockey 101 - The Ice Garden
A primer to NCAA women’s college hockey

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Beavers shutout Korea 5-0 in exhibition win | Bemidji Pioneer

Ralph Engelstad Arena can do more to remember its bygone tenant
As first year of the post-North Dakota women's hockey era begins, Ralph Engelstad Arena must replenish and amplify its displays of the program's memory.

College women's hockey: Former Hawk Houston looks to make offensive impact with Bulldogs | Duluth News Tribune

Ohio State goalie Kassidy Sauve looks to continue success in healthy season
Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve has had plenty of downs in her hockey career, but this upcoming season looks to be filled with more ups than ever.

SDHL

Erika Grahm goes all in - The Ice Garden
On leave from her full-time job, MODO captain and Team Sweden star wants to make every moment count.

AWIHL

AWIHL news: 20 September 2017 | Ice Hockey News Australia
The Adelaide Rush have announced that The Hilton Hotel have re-signed as the clubs official post game venue for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

AWIHL news: 26 September 2017 | Ice Hockey News Australia
The Sirens have announced that Elite Fire Training has signed on as a new sponsor for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Women’s league (Russia)

Women’s Hockey Top 25 Under 25 | Number 10 - Ludmila Belyakova - The Ice Garden
Former Riveter looks to keep scoring for her home country

Women’s Hockey Update: September 25th, 2017 | CONWAY'S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
More than three thousand people made their way into the Sergei Kapustin Ice Sports Palace for the game (some reports say 3150, others 3350), a new record attendance for a Women’s Hockey League game, and hopefully a harbinger of things to come for the league!

Men’s hockey

Manon Rheaume realizes her NHL debut was 'not just another game' - Sportsnet
Goaltender Manon Rheaume reflects on the 25-year anniversary of her NHL pre-season debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning that saw her break the league's gender barrier.