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Geneviève Lacasse, Jillian Saulnier traded to Montreal

The Canadian Olympians will head east from Calgary

Michelle Jay

Two Canadian Olympian will wear new sweaters in the upcoming CWHL season.

Geneviève Lacasse and Jillian Saulnier have been traded from the Calgary Inferno to Les Canadiennes de Montréal for future considerations.

Saulnier is one of the fastest skaters in the CWHL. She scored a goal and picked up an assist at the PyeongChang games after two standout seasons with the Calgary Inferno. With Saulnier flying up the ice, Les Canadiennes’ offense will have another lethal dimension to it. She won the Clarkson Cup with Calgary in 2016 and the silver medal she earned in PyeongChang was her first Olympic hardware.

Montreal will be Lacasse’s third CWHL team. The veteran goaltender began her career with the Boston Blades, but was traded to the Calgary Inferno prior to the 2016-17 season to complete a trade that sent Tara Watchorn to the Blades.

In PyeongChang, Lacasse played in one game, stopping 44 of the 45 shots she faced. She has won two Clarkson Cup with the Blades and brings a gold and silver Olympic medal with her to Montréal. Lacasse will be sharing Les Canadiennes’ goal crease with Emerance Maschmeyer, who started in 22 games last season for Montréal.

From the press release:

“I am excited for the opportunity to play for Les Canadiennes. They are a first-class organization and I look forward to stepping on the ice with the team,” said Lacasse, who was born in Montreal.

“I would like to thank the Calgary Inferno organization for welcoming me into the CWHL three years ago, and for the countless memories made out west during my time spent with the team. With that chapter closing, I am extremely excited to head back east to continue to grow and develop with the amazing organization, Les Canadiennes de Montréal,” said Saulnier.