MONTREAL, QC – (May 5th, 2023) –  Montreal Force  in association with The Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) Welcome two elite athletes from U-Sport, who represent Canada at the Universiade in 2022-2023 and won the goal medal; Forward Audrey-Anne Veilette (Carabins of Montreal University) and Rosalie Bégin-Cyr ( Concordia Stingers) We also celebrate the return of  two standouts players, who demonstrate amazing talents in their rookie years, Jade Downie-Landry Landry and the Brigitte Laganiere sign a multi-years deals.

“ Free agency has been good for Montreal. We are excited to go face to face with our first real off-season and that we're looking to upgrade everything from on the ice to off the ice. We have many surprises coming for our fans.” said Kevin Raphaël, Team President. “Everyone is working hard to get better and raise the Force to a higher level. We can feel their passion and energy and know how much this means to all of our players, which is inspiring for the season ahead.”

Audrey-Anne Veillette: Without a doubt, the best U-Sport player in the country. She is a workhorse on the ice, but she is also an inspiring hard worker off the ice. Elite sniper who finds a way to create and leverage high value shooting lanes with her quick and heavy release. This season she will be a force to be reckoned with. (1 years contract)

The 22-year-old forward from Drummondville, Quebec in 2022-2023 she received the RSEQ MVP was a part of the RSEQ 1st team all-star; U Sports 1st team all-star; and got named Athlete of the year - women hockey, Carabins of the Montreal university.

Rosalie Bégin-Cyr: One of the most underrated players out there. Her ceiling is high. She dominated alongside Emmy Fecteau in Concordia last season and she learned from Caroline Ouellet and Julie Chu, two of the best in the game in. Rosalie can play in every situation and she’s a candide person off the ice. She’s truly one to watch this season. ( 1  years contract)

The 25-year-old forward from St-Georges-de-Beauce,Quebec helped the Concordia Stingers win the USports national championship in  2021-2022. She also won the RSEQ 2nd team all-star; USports national championship all star team in 2022-2023

Jade Downie-Landry: Ann-Sophie Bettez might be the heart of the team but Jade Downie-Landry is the soul. Amazing player on and off the ice.In her rookie season she proved that she belonged at the top of the scoring board.She was the first ever to sign with La Force and we’re happy to announce that she will have an even bigger impact with the team as she is back for the next 2 years.

Brigitte Laganière: In her rookie year as pro, she played big minutes in big situations. What makes her an undeniable choice to be back in this team is her ability to lighten the mood at all moments. Fierce on the ice either via her undefeated pre-game spike-ball streak on the line or via her efficiency on the ice, Brigitte Laganière will be a staple for La Force de Montréal for the next 2 years.

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About La Force

The Montreal Force are a professional women’s ice hockey team competing in the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF). The Force became the PHF’s seventh team and second in Canada when they joined the league ahead of the 2022-23 season. On November 26, 2022 the Force made history by playing the first PHF game in the province of Quebec and set a league regular season attendance record at Centre 21.02. The team is owned and operated by BTM Partners. TVA Sport partnership for the team lets fans watch the game throughout the season.

Visit https://montreal.en.premierhockeyfederation.com/ to learn more.

 About the Premier Hockey Federation

The PHF is the home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and provide opportunities for elite athletes to earn a living playing the game they love while fueling the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, Montreal Force, and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup. As part of a two-year agreement with ESPN, live coverage of the 2022-23 and 2023-24 PHF seasons is available exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States, and provides international rights for games which includes TSN in Canada. For more information visit premierhockeyfederation.com.