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Canadiens statement with regards to women's professional hockey

The Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) announced it was ceasing operations over the weekend

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL / News release

MONTREAL - A strong advocate of women's hockey, the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club shares the disappointment of many with the decision of the CWHL to discontinue its operations. Through our involvement with Les Canadiennes in recent years, we have been committed to the development and the growth of women's hockey and we are determined to pursue all opportunities to ensure that talented players can continue to play the game they love.

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A well-deserved honor

Les Canadiennes' forward Ann-Sophie Bettez will be a part of Team Canada for a series against Team USA from February 12-16

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - Hard work really does pay off.

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Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes: Stick Handling

Les Canadiennes forward Katia Clement-Heydra shares some tips to become a better puck handler

by Les Canadiennes @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL -- More than just useful for pulling off highlight-reel dekes and dangles, strong puck handling is one of the most fundamental parts of any player's game. Katia Clement-Heydra shares a few helpful hints to help improve your stickhandling prowess in this episode of Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes presented by Ford

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Les Canadiennes: A new era begins

Montreal's CWHL team will play seven games at Place Bell this season

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - There's a gust of fresh air flowing through Les Canadiennes this season, after Montreal's contingent in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) saw several of its veterans depart while other young sensations came onto the scene.

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Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes: Acceleration

Les Canadiennes star Katia Clement-Heydra demos how to become a speed demon on ice

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

Early bird gets the worm, and speedy players are often rewarded with more room or an extra second on a scoring chance. Quick feet also go a long way towards defending effectively. In this episode of Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes presented by Ford, Katia Clement-Heydra demos how to improve acceleration and get where you want to go more quickly.

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Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes: Snap shots

Les Canadiennes star Katia Clement-Heydra demos how to get shots off faster in high percentage areas

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

Quick, powerful snap shots can be lethal to goalies, catching them by surprise both with their strength and speedy release. In this episode of Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes presented by Ford, Katia Clement-Heydra lays out the proper technique and stance for getting off the perfect snapper.

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Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes: Shooting to create

Les Canadiennes stars Katia Clement-Heydra and Emerance Maschmeyer demo how to generate rebounds

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

In order to score against top netminders, the first shot is seldom enough, and the juicier the rebound, the more likely you are to light the lamp. In this episode of Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes presented by Ford, Katia Clement-Heydra and Emerance Maschmeyer show you how you can generate second chances on your shots.

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Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes: Finding a lane

Les Canadiennes stars Hilary Knight and Karell Emard demo their work wiring pucks through traffic

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

Snipes wired through traffic are an effective and essential way of generating offense. In this episode of Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes presented by Ford, Karell Emard and Olympic gold medallist Hilary Knight demonstrate a drill to help players at all levels improve their ability to feed the puck through narrow gaps.

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Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes: Rebound control

Les Canadiennes netminder Emerance Maschmeyer offers her pro tips on getting the puck out of harm's way

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

For goaltenders, making the stop is often just the first step in fending off offensive threats; keeping opponents from getting second or even third chances is just as crucial, if not more so. In this episode of Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes presented by Ford, Katia Clement-Heydra joins netminder Emerance Maschmeyer as she offers some pro tips on how best to direct the puck out of harm's way.

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Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes: Stickhandling and Agility

Les Canadiennes stars Hilary Knight, Karell Emard, and Katia Clement-Heydra demo their slick dangles

by Shauna Denis @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

Creativity, agility, and quick hands can separate good players from great ones and stickhandling is an easy skill to work on before or after practices in a small space. In this episode of Skills and Drills with Les Canadiennes presented by Ford, Karell Emard, Katia Clement-Heydra, and Olympic gold medalist Hilary Knight demonstrate a drill players at any level can use to improve their dekes and dangles.

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