As part of the New Year’s Eve festivities surrounding the 2016 NHL Winter Classic, the NHL hosted the first-ever Outdoor Women’s Classic ahead of the Alumni Game at Gillette Stadium. Armed with a lineup featuring Canadian Olympians Charline Labonte, Caroline Ouellette, Lauriane Rougeau, and Marie-Philip Poulin, plus former Team USA captain Julie Chu, the CWHL’s Les Canadiennes took on the NWHL’s Boston Pride in the historic game. The teams skated to a 1-1 tie thanks to goals by Canadiennes forward Kim Deschenes and Pride defenseman Blake Boldenn.
The Les Canadiennes bench was a little more crowded than usual on Thursday afternoon, as Rejean Houle, Guy Lafleur and Yvan Cournoyer joined the team’s coaching staff for the event.
NHL Alumni Game Notes
Alumni game highlights