MISSISSAUGA, Ont. ??? The Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League announced this week that Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling has moved from the Montreal Stars to the Brampton Hockey Club for the 2012-13 season.
Originally selected by Montreal in the 2012 CWHL Draft held this past July, coaching staff for both teams have agreed that Schelling is best suited to play for Brampton this season. Schelling is expected to return to Montreal for the 2013-14 season.
Montreal already has two Olympic gold medallists between the posts, Charline Labont̩ (Boisbriand, Que.) and Kim St-Pierre (Ch̢teauguay, Que.), in addition to reigning Clarkson Cup champion Jenny Lavigne (Lac-au-Saumon, Que.), who has been with the Stars since the team?۪s inception.
???Schelling is a fantastic addition to the Montreal franchise, but we have decided to release her to Brampton this year to ensure she sees plenty of action between the posts and continues to develop her strong skills,? Montreal general manager Meg Hewings said. ???She is an incredibly talented netminder with a very bright future in our league. We wish her all the best with Brampton this season.?
Hewings emphasizes that that Schelling?۪s move to Brampton this season does not preclude her return to Montreal next season. Schelling will be sharing the Brampton crease with Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.), who was named the 2010 CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Player of the Year during her time backstopping the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks.
???We are extremely excited to acquire a netminder with such ability and experience,? Brampton GM Jody Katz said. ???Schelling will add great depth to our team and we look forward to seeing her wear the black, red and white of our jersey on the ice this season.?
Schelling is in the midst of completing her final semester at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., but will be training and practising with the University of Montreal Carabins, while also playing for the CWHL?۪s Brampton this season.
???Although our teams compete on the ice, off the ice we want to ensure all of our players have the opportunity to accomplish their hockey goals,? CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said. ???Schelling?۪s move from Brampton to Montreal this season is the best move for her as a player, and reflects the fact that we are a league that works and succeeds together.?
Schelling is already an accomplished goaltender. She has been a member of Switzerland?۪s national women?۪s team since 2005, representing her country at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., and most recently, leading Switzerland to a bronze medal finish at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women?۪s World Championship in Burlington, Vt.
About the Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League (CWHL)
The CWHL is the premier women’s hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines. Since the CWHL?۪s inception in 2007, each hockey season has culminated in an exciting play-off round in which the top teams face off for the Clarkson Cup, named after former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson.
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