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Caroline Ouellette

Caroline Ouellette
Born (1979-05-25) May 25, 1979
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
CWHL team
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs
Montreal Stars
National team  Canada
Playing career 1999–present

Caroline Ouellette (born May 25, 1979) is a Canadian ice hockey player. She is a member of the Canadian national women's ice hockey team and a member of Montreal Stars (CWHL). 4-time Olympic Gold Medallist / 5-time World Championships Gold / 4-time World Championships Silver / 2-time Clarkson Cup Champion, Ouellette is currently in the Top 10 in all-time NCAA scoring with 229 career points. Ouellette is a member of the Triple Gold Club (the accomplishment is not yet officially recognized by the IIHF for women), as one of only three women to win the Clarkson Cup, a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games, and gold at the IIHF women's world hockey championships.

Nicknamed Caro by her teammates, she started playing hockey at the age of 9 years. She is the co-founder of, an innovative new online network that helps student-athletes navigate the recruitment process. She is also an ambassador for Right to Play and for Carrément Rose.

Playing career

Named to 2014 Olympic roster for Canada. [1] Ouellette played for Team Quebec at the 1995 Canada Winter Games, and won gold for Canada’s Under 18 team in 1997.[2] When the Canadian Under 19 women’s hockey team was founded on May 15, 1996, Ouellette was one of the played name to the team. One of her teammates was future Olympic speed skater Cindy Klassen.[3] The head coach was Daniele Sauvageau[4] Ouellette represented Team Quebec at the 1998 Esso women's hockey nationals. She scored a goal and two assists in the bronze medal game, as Team Quebec was awarded the Maureen McTeer Trophy.[5] During the 2011 IIHF Eight Nations Tournament, Ouellette assisted on all three goals as Canada defeated Finland by a 3–2 tally in round robin play.[6] In the gold medal game of the 2011 Four Nations Cup, Ouellette notched a goal in a 4–3 loss.[7] Ouellette has taken part in 3 Olympic Games, 9 World Championships and 9 Four Nations Cups. In 157 international games with Team Canada, Ouellette has racked up 169 points. In a game versus Russia at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, Ouellette logged three assists in a 14–1 victory.[8] Ouellette would score the game-winning goal in overtime versus the United States in the final game at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, as Canada claimed the gold medal.[9]


Ouellette attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and played for the Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey program. Ouellette set an NCAA record for most shorthanded goals in one game with 2. This was accomplished on November 14, 2003 versus North Dakota.[10] In the 2004–05 season, Ouellette was a factor on more than 60 percent of goals scored by the Bulldogs. Among the top nine scorers on the Bulldogs, she had nine penalties, which were the fewest. Throughout her NCAA career, she never had double digits in penalties. By season’s end, she was one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award.

NCAA Season Team GP G A Pts Pim
2002–03 Minnesota-Duluth 32 31 42 73 16
2003–04 Minnesota-Duluth 32 29 47 76 16
2004–05 Minnesota-Duluth 33 32 48 80 18


Ouellette is ranked third in all-time leading scoring in Bulldogs history and was named to the WCHA All-Decade team in 2009.[12] She joined the national team in 1999 and has won four world championships (1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004) and three Olympic gold medals with the team (2002, 2006 and 2010).


Ouellette, a great Forward

During the 2000–01 NWHL season, Ouellette played with the Montreal Wingstar and finished third in league scoring with 53 points.[13] In 2008–09, Ouellette joined the Montreal Stars. She won CWHL Top Scorer of the Month honours in November (tying the league record with 19 points in just six games) and December. At year's end, she was named CWHL Most Valuable Player. By winning a third gold medal in women's Olympic hockey, she became the Bulldog hockey player with the most gold medals.[14]

By winning the 2009 Clarkson Cup, Ouellette became an unofficial member of the Triple Gold Club (the accomplishment by women is not yet officially recognized by the IIHF), as she became one of only three women (at the time) to win the Clarkson Cup, a gold medal in ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and a gold medal at the IIHF World Women's Championships.[15]

In 2010–11, Ouellette won the Angela James Bowl as the CWHL's scoring leader with 68 points. She also became the first two-winner of the league's Most Valuable Player award. In the championship game of the 2011 Clarkson Cup, Ouellette led all scorers with three points (one goal, two assists).[16]

Coaching career

For the 2007–2008 season, Ouellette was an assistant coach with the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team alongside American olympic ice hockey player Julie Chu. With Hockey Canada, she was an assistant coach for the Women’s National Under-18 Team for a three-game series vs. the USA in August 2008. She joined the coaching staff of the Concordia Stingers women's ice hockey program in the autumn of 2012.


Ouellette graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2005 with a degree in criminology and women’s studies, and she graduated from the National Police Academy in Quebec in 2000. She played for Quebec in softball at the 1997 Summer Canada Games. On September 11, 2010, the Centre Etienne Desmarteau in Montreal, named one of the two rinks in the arena in Ouellette's honour.[17] Caroline Ouellette is involved in raising funds for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, a disease has affected the Ouellette family.[18] On January 21, 2011, Ouellette, along with University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldog alumni Jenny Potter and Maria Rooth, took part in a ceremonial faceoff to mark the first ever game at Amsoil Arena at her alma mater in Duluth.[19]

She participated in various festivities commemorating the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa, Ontario. Said festivities included an interview (along with a fan question and answer period) at the Sirius XM Stage at the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair,[20] the Energizer Night Skate at the Ottawa Rink of Dreams (relocated from the Rideau Canal),[21] and attended the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, January 28, 2012. On April 17, 2012, Ouellette (along with Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Courtney Birchard, and head coach Dan Church) took part in the opening face off of the playoff game between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers at ScotiaBank Place.[22]


Season Team GP G A Pts Pim
2008–09 Montreal Stars 24 26 33 59 6
2010–11 Montreal Stars 26 22 46 68 14
2011–12 Montreal Stars 27 30 36 66 12
2012–13 Montreal Stars 23 12 13 25 6

Reference,[23] [24]

Career stats

Hockey Canada

Event Games Goals Assists Points PIM
2000 IIHF Worlds 5 0 2 2 2
2001 IIHF Worlds 5 2 3 5 4
2004 IIHF Worlds 5 3 6 9 0
2005 IIHF Worlds 5 2 6 8 0
2007 IIHF Worlds 5 1 3 4 2
2008 IIHF Worlds 5 2 4 6 4

Awards and honors

Ouellette's nickname is Caro, short for Caroline
  • Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award, 2013
  • Clarkson Cup Top Forward, 2009
  • Clarkson Cup Top Scorer, 2009
  • CWHL Most Valuable Player, 2008–09 and 2010–11
  • CWHL First All-Star Team, 2008–09
  • Angela James Bowl, 2010–11
  • Caroline Ouellette, 2003 NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament Most Valuable Player [25]
  • Caroline Ouellette, NCAA leader, 2003–04 season, Points per game, 2.38
  • Caroline Ouellette, NCAA leader, 2003–04 season, Assists per game, 1.47
  • February 7, 2005: Caroline Ouellette became the third Minnesota Duluth player to be named a Patty Kazmaier Top-10 Finalist for two straight seasons.[26]
  • March 3, 2005: Caroline Ouellette is named UMD's first ever WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year, while also earning a spot on the All-WCHA First Team. In addition, she is named to the WCHA All-Academic Team.[27]
  • March 6, 2005: Caroline Ouellette is named to the WCHA All-Tournament Team.[28]
  • March 14, 2005: Caroline Ouellette becomes the second Bulldog to be named a Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist.[29]
  • March 23, 2005: Caroline Ouellette is honored with the Sportsmanship Award[30] and a Second Team selection.[31]
  • March 28, 2005: Caroline Ouellette is named a CCM All-America First Team selection for the second straight season.[32]


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  2. ^ Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 152, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
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  5. ^ "Alberta downs Ontario 3–2 in Overtime in Gold Medal Final to win 1998 Esso Women’s Nationals Hockey Championship". Hockey Canada. March 22, 1998. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
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  15. ^ Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, pp. 158, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
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  25. ^ "Memorable Moments". Minnesota Duluth Athletics. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
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  27. ^ "Memorable Moments". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Athletics. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Memorable Moments". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Athletics. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Memorable Moments". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Athletics. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
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  31. ^ "Memorable Moments". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Athletics. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Memorable Moments". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Athletics. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 

External links

  • Caroline Ouellette website
  • Live The Dream, Caroline Ouellette, Life After the World Championships for Ouellette
  • (French) Interview de Caroline Ouellette à la revue Elle Québec
Preceded by
Sabrina Harbec (2010)
Angela James Bowl
Succeeded by
Unknown (2012)
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