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PWHPA Pro-Challenge will feature teams from Montreal and Minnesota 

LAVAL (November 28, 2019) – The Laval Rocket will host the brightest stars in women’s hockey as part of a double-header on December 28 at Place Bell. Players from the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association (PWHPA) on teams from Montreal and Minnesota will face off in a PWHPA Pro-Challenge that will feature 17 Olympians including Marie-Philip Poulin, Hilary Knight, Mélodie Daoust, the Lamoureux twins, and several others. 

The Rocket will close out their 2019 homestand with a bang, kicking things off with an afternoon tilt against their Ontario rivals, the Toronto Marlies, at 3 pm, followed by the PWHPA Pro-Challenge at 6:30 pm at Place Bell. Fans can now purchase tickets for the double-header for as little as $19. It will also be possible to buy tickets for the PWHPA Pro-Challenge only for as little as $15. 

Much like the Marlies-Rocket rivalry, Montreal and Minnesota will feature a heated battle on the ice. This one-time only event will bring together many elite hockey players from Canada and the United States with several players having represented their national teams at the Olympics and the World Championships, two of the most important events in women’s hockey. 

“With 18 Olympians and many other high-quality athletes, the PWHPA Pro-Challenge is a great opportunity for fans to reconnect with some of their favourite players and enjoy outstanding hockey,” said Mark Weightman, vice president of development and operations for the Laval Rocket and Place Bell. 

It will be a homecoming of sorts for the Montreal PWHPA. Formerly known as Les Canadiennes de Montréal, the team began a partnership with the Laval Rocket and Place Bell at the beginning of the 2018-19 season. Place Bell became the site of the club’s daily operations and training sessions, and most of their home games. The Rocket twice hosted the Montreal team in their home, including the successful Pink in the Rink game for breast cancer that drew over 3,100 fans. 

The Laval Rocket organization is proud to support and help grow women’s hockey and feels privileged to present such a high-caliber event that will feature Montreal / Quebec vs. Minnesota / USA teams in a cross-border rivalry for fans to enjoy. 

Tickets are now available here: or by phone at 1-855-634-4472. 

About the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association (PWHPA): 

Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association’s (PWHPA) mission is to promote, advance, and support a single, viable professional women’s ice hockey league in North America that showcases the greatest product of women’s professional ice hockey in the world. The organization aims to provide a united voice to players advocating for the creation of a sustainable professional league. PWHPA is working to accomplish its mission by coordinating training needs and programming opportunities during the 2019-2020 season and collaborating with like-minded organizations to make hockey more inclusive for women and future generations. 

Pour plus de renseignements / For more information: 

Rocket de Laval 

Charles Saindon-Courtois 

Gestionnaire aux communications et relations communautaires, Rocket de Laval 

Communications and Community Relations Manager, Laval Rocket 


Safia Ahmad 

Coordonnatrice aux communications et relations communautaires, Rocket de Laval 

Communications and Community Relations Coordinator, Laval Rocket 


Relationnistes de presse – Joueurs du PWHPA 

Les Emballées 

Sophie Patrie 

Valérie Desrosiers