Montrealers win first Secret Cup tournament

Marie-Philippe Paulin scored the game-winning goal in the third period and Montreal captured the Secret Cup trophy with a 4–2 victory over Toronto in the tournament final organized by the Women’s Hockey Players Association Professional (PWHPA).

Jesse Aldridge had a goal and an assist, Catherine Dubois also hit the goal and Sarah Lefort added a goal into an empty net.

Ann-Renée Desbiennes made 28 saves, while Polin also collected two assists.

It’s been a long time since I saw this in women’s hockey, Pauline said. It was a special moment.

Champion team of Secret Cup tournament in 2021.

Photo : The Canadian Press / Todd Korol

The 2020 and 2021 editions of the World Women’s Hockey Championship, which were due to take place in Nova Scotia, have been canceled due to the pandemic.

Hockey Canada still plans to host the World Championship in August in an undisclosed Canadian city, but the fact remains that women’s hockey has had some tough times in recent years.

You really have to see all the work these women do, said PWHPA operations advisor Jayna Hayford.

In addition to dealing with the pandemic, he took bad news after bad news. So being able to offer them something different to get them back on the ice was a priority for us.

A quote from:Jenna Heyford

Sarah Nurse, with a goal and an assist, and Bryan Jenner provided the answer for Toronto. Shia Tilly dispenses 19 shots.

The tournament brought together 60 professional players divided into three teams. The first game was played at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on Tsuoutina First Nation Territory, Alta., while the last three games were played at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Flames home.

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Montreal (3–1–0) and Toronto (2–2–0) advanced to the finals, while Calgary held a 1–3–0 record.

Pauline was the tournament’s top scorer in five matches with five goals and six assists.

The PWHPA was born two years ago after the closure of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

The goal of this new association is to create a women’s hockey league that can provide women players with the same conditions as men, as well as pay athletes to live off their sport.

When we play with this logo on this jersey it shows something different, recalled Toronto forward Brian Jenner. We don’t just play to win, we also play to provide a better future for our sport.

The Secret Cup tournament was the first professional women’s hockey competition in Canada since January 2020. Another part of this tournament was presented in the United States.


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