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Sarah Lefort earns spot on Montreal’s pro hockey team

Ormstown’s Sarah Lefort will step on the ice wearing a Montreal jersey for the start of the Professional Women’s Hockey League’s inaugural season.

The official rosters for the six teams making up the league were announced on December 12, with 26 players having been named to each team in Boston, Minnesota, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, and Toronto.

Lefort, 29, who most recently played for the Montreal Force during the Premier Hockey Federation’s 2022-2023 season, accepted an invitation to the PWHL Montreal training camp in November, and was signed to a standard player agreement with the league.

She will join her teammates, including captain Marie-Philip Poulin and other Team Canada Olympians Laura Stacey, Erin Ambrose, and Ann-Renée Desbiens, for their home opener against Boston at the Verdun Auditorium on January 13.

Lefort, who plays in the forward position, has been a prominent figure in Canadian women’s professional hockey and its development for years. The former Canadian U-18 national team member played for three seasons with the Montreal Canadiennes in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) following her time in the NCAA with Boston University.

After the CWHL was discontinued in 2019, she played for three seasons with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association, a non-profit organization that advocated for and promoted professional women’s hockey. Last season, she was an assistant captain with the Montreal Force, scoring 10 points in 17 games. The Premier Hockey Federation was dissolved this past July to clear the way for the creation of the PWHL.

 

Ormstowns Sarah Lefort has been signed by PWHL Montreal and will play in the inaugural season of the Professional Womens Hockey League in January PHOTO PWHL Montreal

 

A total of 157 players representing a dozen different countries have been named to the rosters for the new league’s inaugural season. “The positive energy, depth of talent and skill on all teams, and the fierce competition displayed during scrimmages at our pre-season evaluation camp in Utica, New York, was an exciting sign of what PWHL fans will enjoy when the puck drops in January,” said Jayna Hefford, PWHL senior vice president of hockey operations.

“Among the camp takeaways was a commitment from the league to provide additional opportunities for players to be a part of the PWHL this season, leading to the decision to increase the number of roster reserves from two to three players per team, which is reflected across all final rosters,” added Hefford.

This openness toward providing opportunities for players allowed PWHL Montreal to sign Salaberry-de-Valleyfield hockey legend Melodie Daoust as a reserve player while she continues to lead the College Bourget women’s hockey program as head coach. She was invited to the PWHL Montreal training camp and will train regularly with the team during this first season.

The first regular-season game in PWHL history will be played on New Year’s Day at Toronto’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, between Toronto and New York. Home openers for all six teams will then be played within the first two weeks of January 2024.

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