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Caroline Ouellette comes off the ice and behind the bench.

Caroline Ouellette meets the press after becoming the first player in CWHL history to break the 300 point mark.
Caroline Ouellette meets the press
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Story of the week

Caroline Ouellette - Liv est arrivée... et a tout changé | ICI Radio-Canada.ca (English version)

Hockey Canada - Caroline Ouellette retires (video)

Caroline Ouellette announces retirement - Eyes On The Prize

Canada’s Caroline Ouellette retires from professional hockey - Sportsnet.ca

The announcement that came yesterday was not a shock — Caroline Ouellette had been seen at Canadiennes camp wearing the outfit of a member of the coaching staff, not a jersey — but even til the last there was some hope that maybe it wasn’t true. That she’d stay on the reserve list. Play a couple more games. What’s CWHL hockey without Caroline Ouellette?

If there was a CWHL Hall of Fame, they’d waive the waiting period and Ouellette would walk right in. She was the first, and so far only player to break the 300 career point mark, finishing her career as the league’s all-time leader in both points (315) and assists (184), and second in goals scored (131). She has won league MVP twice, the Angel James Bowl (scoring title) once, and the Clarkson Cup four times.

Her international career was also impressive, sitting third in National Team scoring, with four Olympic gold medals, six World Championships and time as team captain.

She has also been a player representative with Hockey Canada, holds multiple coaching clinics every year for players of all ages, and has taken a girl’s team to the prestigious Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Québec for the last three years. She’s an assistant coach with the Concordia Stingers, will be part of the coaching staff for Team Canada at 4 Nations this November, and remains with the Canadiennes as an assistant coach as well.

Caroline Ouellette is an icon in women’s hockey for all the right reasons, one of the few with a legitimate shot at entering the Hockey Hall of Fame as both a player and a builder. It has been a privilege to watch her play.

CWHL

‘It’s hockey’: Les Canadiennes and the Laval Rocket talk about their partnership - Eyes On The Prize
One of the first conversations Mark Weightman, the vice president of development and operations of the Laval Rocket and Place Bell, had with Les Canadiennes general manager Meg Hewings was asking why they didn’t play at Place Bell.

Mélodie Daoust, Erin Ambrose lead by example as Les Canadiennes start their pre-season - Eyes On The Prize
Key players show their skills in pre-season opener

Toronto Furies announce their 2018-19 roster - Pension Plan Puppets
The Furies bid farewell to a number of familiar faces, in hopes that new blood will lead to a change in fortunes.

Calgary Inferno set roster for upcoming CWHL campaign | Calgary Sun
The Calgary Inferno are ready to light the world on fire.Or at least the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.The 2018-19 edition of the Inferno is set after an intense week of training camp leading into the CWHL season, with their opening puck-drop slated for Oct. 13 in Montreal.

Calgary Inferno coach Shannon Miller urges funding rethink for women’s hockey | CBC News
She’s a pioneer in women’s hockey and now she’s calling on Canada to rethink how we fund the sport.

From Tampere to the Olympics, Winnipeg, and beyond: the lifelong journey of Venla Hovi – The Athletic
Inside Venla Hovi's whirlwind hockey journey, highlighted by her week for the ages.

Q&A: Venla Hovi, three time Finnish Olympian, on her love of Winnipeg and the future of women’s hockey – The Athletic
A chat with three-time Olympian, former University of Manitoba Bison and recent Calgary Inferno CWHL draftee Venla Hovi.

Working overtime: Ailish Forfar is embracing it all | The Eyeopener
Among the collection of Ailish Forfar’s prized possessions, there’s one that stands out above the rest: her day planner.

NWHL

The Riveters finally name a new coach - The Ice Garden
Former NHLer Randy Velischek has been named the new Riveters head coach

Lisa Chesson isn’t done yet - The Ice Garden
The Beauts defender discusses her third season, driving five hours to play, and the rise of girls’ hockey in Ohio.

An Excited Buffalo Beauts Squad Kicks Off Camp - Die By The Blade
A fast-paced, excitement-filled practice reflects a skilled Beauts roster.

Markey’s event map is a groundbreaking tool in women’s hockey analytics - The Ice Garden
Look, charts!

Comeback Flood of Goals Spells Minnesota Whitecaps Win in Duluth Bulldogs women hockey - Hockey Wilderness
Despite an early 3-0 UMD lead, the Whitecaps beat the Bulldogs 4-3.

Minnesota Whitecaps Send University British Columbia Thunderbirds Flying with Thunstrom Hat Trick women hockey - Hockey Wilderness
The UBC Thunderbirds finish their road trip with three losses thanks to an Allie Thunstrom hat trick in the Whitecaps 5-0 win.

All-Star Sam Faber announces her retirement - The Ice Garden
The captain of the Connecticut Whale has decided to hang up her skates

NWHL Preview: Minnesota Whitecaps
Leading up to the 2018-19 National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) season, we'll be prepping fans for what lies ahead with capsule previews of each team. First up: the Minnesota Whitecaps.

Buffalo Beauts Goalie Nicole Hensley Pumped to Begin NWHL Career
Coming from a college career at Lindenwood, followed by the PyeongChang Olympics with the USA Women's National Team, Nicole Hensley is now a Buffalo Beaut!

International hockey

A golden reunion: 1998 women’s Olympic hockey team reunites on the ice in Aspen | AspenTimes.com
Reality hits hard sometimes, and AJ Mleczko could feel it all too well on Saturday when she joined a handful of former Olympic teammates in the 18th annual Stirling

Congratulations to Meghan Duggan and Gillian Apps on their wedding this past weekend.

Para ice hockey

U.S. Development Sled Hockey Teams To Train in Plymouth, Mich., This Weekend
The 2018-19 U.S. Women's and Men's Development Sled Hockey Teams will train this weekend (Sept. 27-30) in Plymouth, Mich., at USA Hockey Arena.

NCAA

Polls: USCHO The Ice Garden

NCAA Highlight: Kassidy Sauve

Minnesota State Mavericks Zap British Columbia Thunderbirds women hockey - Hockey Wilderness
The Minnesota Gophers beat the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 8-1 in an exhibition match.

BUY OR SELL: Trading On The 2018-2019 NCAA Women’s Hockey Exchange - BC Interruption
Your definitive guide to the national women’s hockey picture

Welcome to the 2018-19 NCAA Season Preview! - The Ice Garden
College hockey, yay!

2018-19 NCAA Preview: CHA - The Ice Garden
Predictions, who to watch, and what to watch this season in the CHA

NCAA Fantasy Hockey Week 0: Start Your Engines - The Ice Garden
We ALREADY don’t know what to think

Watertown Daily Times | College women’s hockey: Golden Knights feature high-scoring PGG forward line
Not only does the best team in women’s college hockey play at Cheel Arena, the best forward line in the nation can also be seen there.

European club hockey

WHL (Russia) Women’s Hockey Update: Sept. 19th, 2018 | CONWAY'S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
With a week and a half of 2018-19 Women's Hockey League games now in the books, time for an update on that league and its early goings-on this season.

SDHL (Sweden) Erika Grahm on the first meeting with Modo | Aftonbladet
Thirteen seasons and nearly 300 SDHL matches for Modo.

Johanna Olofsson Returns To MODO Hockey - The Ice Garden
They say the first retirement never sticks. (Swedish article here)

AWIHL (Australia)

AWIHL news: 20 September 2018 | Ice Hockey News Australia
Perth Inferno - The Inferno have announced the signing of American forward Courtney Moulton for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Moulton played three seasons for Salve Regina University in NCAA Division III between 2014 and 2017. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Sydney Sirens 2018-19 roster | Ice Hockey News Australia
The Sydney Sirens have announced their roster for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Melbourne Ice Women 2018-19 roster | Ice Hockey News Australia
The Melbourne Ice have announced their roster for the upcoming 2018-19 AWIHL season.