New Labonte Mask Honors Les Canadiennes’ Past
Charline Labonte’s new Les Canadiennes mask from Sylabrush’s Sylvie Marsolais honors the past, present, and future of women’s hockey in Montreal.
This offseason, the team entered into a partnership with the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens that has helped with finances, publicity, and facilities. The agreement came with a name and logo change for the then-Montreal Stars. The new name, Les Canadiennes, is an homage to a women’s team that played in Montreal in the 1930s. The new logo combines past and present by merging a “C”, recalling les Habs, with the star of the old Montreal Stars’ logo.
Labonte’s new mask expands on this theme. In Marsolais’s words
Charlie wanted to show on her mask the meaning of playing for the Canadiennes, the history, the past and also the future. Like her last Olympic mask she wanted to keep the first ladies who played hockey around 1920s with their skirts. For the other side she wanted to represent ”break the glass ceiling” for women’s hockey.
The backplate honors Labonte’s four Olympic Gold medals; her alma mater, McGill University; and the province of Quebec.
This is Labonte’s third season with the CWHL’s Montreal franchise. Last year she won both the Goaltender of the Year and the Playoff MVP award. This season she has a league-leading .931 over 12 games. Les Canadiennes are currently in second place in the league and are looking to return to the Clarkson Cup final.