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Marie-Philip Poulin to attend the Weekend of Stars in Toronto

The LPHF launched its activities just a few days ago, and already there’s a huge buzz around it, both in Montreal and in the five other cities with concessions.

RDS garnered impressive ratings for the Montreal franchise’s first game, and last weekend, the game broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers (male and female, of course). I’m told that the percentage of women watching LPHF hockey is two to four times higher than for a Canadiens game.

Can’t wait to see how many people turn out tonight at Place Bell in Laval for the Montreal team’s fifth game of the season…

The face (and first choice) of the Montreal team is Marie-Philip Poulin. In four games so far this season, Poulin has collected three goals and one assist, all in the same game. Only American Grace Zumwinkle has more goals than Poulin so far this campaign (4).

So it should come as no surprise that Marie-Philip’s good start to the season – and her reputation – will earn her a place in the HPFL All-Star Game… which, in fact, will be a three-on-three match played as part of the NHL All-Star Game festivities. The game will be played on February 1 in Toronto, two days before the NHL All-Star Game.

Ann-René Desbiens, Hilary Knight, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Alina Pannek, Blayre Turnbull, Savannah Harnon, Megan Keller, Ella Shelton, Lee Stecklein and Aerin Frankel will be Poulin’s teammates.

Opposite them will be Alex Carpenter, Emily Clark, Tylor Heise, Brianne Jenner, Sarah Nurse, Abby Roque, Laura Stacey, Erin Ambrose, Renat Fast, Jocelyne Laroque, Nicole Hensley and Emerance Maschmeyer.

How special to choose the stars of your season after only 2 or 4 games with each team…

And not to have selected the league’s top scorer. But hey…

At the end of the day, I still think tying LPHF stars to NHL stars is a win-win for both leagues. #Visibility #Marketing #GoodBehavior

Note that Marie-Philip Poulin will not be representing the Canadiens, but rather her women’s team. Let’s not forget that Poulin is also an employee of the Habs, working as a player development consultant.

Let’s not forget that 44 players will be taking part in the men’s All-Star Game, including Nick Suzuki representing the Habs. If he’s up to it, will Connor Bedard be there? He’s already skating solo…

The four coaches will be Rick Bowness, Peter Laviolette, Jim Montgomery and Rick Tocchet.

Four captains will take turns selecting the players, just as they did in the schoolyard back in the day. The girls’ teams have already been drawn up.

In gusto

– Rafaël Harvey-Pinard’s missed empty net cost Tony Marinaro dearly. #LOL

– Ballou Tabla no longer has a club.

– Montreal CF’s new left-handed defender could quickly become a cornerstone of the Montreal defense.

– David Sauvry is with CF Montreal in Arizona. #Adjoint

– News in the boxing world.

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