By Carter Brooks
Photo courtesy of Hockey Canada
Three Manitobans have been selected to play in the Canadian Women's Hockey League's All-Star Game January 20th, 2019.
The annual spectacle will be held at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena, featuring 34 of the very best female hockey players in the world. Included in that mix are Manitoba products Halli Krzyzaniak (Neepawa), Brigette Lacquette (Mallard) and Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne).
Krzyzaniak, 23, is in her first season of CWHL play for the Calgary Inferno, and has put up three goals and six points through 14 games. The defenceman previously spent the past four years as the leader of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux/Hawks.
Lacquette, 26, is also a defenceman for the Inferno, serving in her fourth year with Calgary. She has two goals and 11 points on the season, while totalling eight goals and 35 points through 43 career CWHL games.
Larocque, 30, is in her sixth CWHL season and fifth with the Markham Thunder (formerly Brampton Thunder). The rugged blueliner has two assists and 22 penalty minutes in 15 games in 2018-19 thus far. In 110 career CWHL contests, Larocque has seven goals, 23 points and 176 penalty minutes.
There was no CWHL All-Star game in the 2017-18 season, as the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang featured 21 players from within the league, and served as a significant substitute and break in the schedule. Captains for the 2019 All-Star Game will be determined by an online fan vote. More information can be found on the official CWHL Twitter page.