Photo courtesy of CWHL.
Excitement for the CWHL’s 2019 All-Star game is growing as the league heads into their winter break. The big day is Jan. 20th, and the event will be broadcast on Sportsnet for the first time.
Voting for the two captains is now open, and will be until Jan. 4th. Currently taking a significant lead in the votes is Brigette Lacquette of the Calgary Inferno with 55 per cent of the vote.
Four of the women named to this year’s roster will have competed in every single All-Star game since the league’s conception. This includes:
- Natalie Spooner (Captain, Toronto Furies)
- Jocelyne Larocque (Captain, Markham Thunder)
- Jamie Lee Rattray (Markham Thunder; also last year’s Jayna Hefford Trophy winner)
- Laura Fortino (Markham Thunder)
The league’s new partnership with the Toronto Maples Leafs have garnered them more attention, and hopefully the Scotiabank Arena will be packed with fans excited to watch the 34 all-star players show their stuff. This will be the fourth CWHL All-star game, and since the 2014-15 season, they have all taken place in Toronto. With many of the league’s finest competing in the Olympics earlier this year, the 2017-18 season went without an all-star game.
It’s shaping up to be a great game that will hopefully capture the attention of the nation.