Hockey: Martlets, Stingers alumnae raise inaugural Clarkson Cup

It could be a unique double for Montreal in women's hockey. The Montreal Stars won the Clarkson Cup with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Whitecaps in the championship game in Kingston. McGill is favoured to win the CIS title tomorrow (St. FX and Laurier, who's through to the final after its 5-3 win over Moncton, will have something to say about that yet).

Former McGill captain Shauna Denis, who helped the Martlets win last year in her swan song as a university player, scored the first Stars goal. Captain Lisa-Marie Breton, a former Concordia star, accepted the trophy. All told, the Stars have no less than a half-dozen former Martlets (Denis, Kim St-Pierre, Catherine Herron, Valérie Paquette, Brittany Privee and Gillian Merrifield) and four ex-Stingers (Breton, Tawnya Danis, former captain Kelly Sudia and Marie-Claude Allard) on their roster.

The Clarkson Cup has been a long time coming. It should get more coverage, and hopefully with the right promotion by 2010 and a bump from the Vancouver Olympics, it will develop.

Montreal Stars win women's national hockey championship (Mike Koreen, Kingston Whig-Standard)
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