About Caroline Ouellette

Caroline Ouellette’s record speaks for itself.

A pillar of Canada’s national hockey team since 1999, she has also been a source of inspiration through the years as a player for the Montreal Les Canadiennes, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and the University Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. The Montreal-born athlete has enjoyed an impeccable Olympic career.

Ouellette has never lost a final, winning Olympic gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.

The forward contributed to winning gold with two goals during the four most decisive games. Ouellette was also the hero of the World Championship final in Burlington, US, in 2012. Her winning goal, scored in overtime, ensured the Canadians’ sixth gold medal in 11 years. Caroline is an assistant captain with the National team since 2006 and was captain of the 2014 Sochi team.

She is third all-time in games played with the national team, behind only Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford. Ouellette ranks third all-time in scoring with 84 goals and 150 assists for 234 points in 205 international games.

Source: CBC Olympics

CWHL Montreal Les Canadiennes

Heroine of the Montreal Les Canadiennes, she has also been the league MVP twice (2009 and 2011). Ouellette won the Clarkson Cup three times (2009, 2011 and 2012) with the Montreal Les Canadiennes (formerly Montreal Stars), who play their local games at the aptly named “Caroline Ouellette” rink, located at the Centre Étienne-Desmarteau, and named after her in September 2010. She was the Clarkson Cup MVP in 2009 and 2012. In 2011, Caroline won the Angela James Bowl as leading scorer in the CWHL.

CWHL Stats

Seasons Team GP G A PTS PIM
2015-16 Les Canadiennes 24 15 17 32 18
2014-15 Montreal Stars 22 8 18 26 18
2013-14 Montreal Stars 2 2 0 2 4
2012-13 Montreal 23 13 13 26 14
2011-12 Montreal 27 30 36 66 12
2010-11 Montreal 29 24 47 71 16
2008-09 Montreal 24 26 33 59 6

University of Minnesota Bulldogs (NCAA)

When playing for the university of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in 2003, Ouellette won the NCAA national title and was named MVP of the NCAA Frozen Four and the WCHA Final Five tournaments. Thanks to her performance in 2004, she was a top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, bestowed upon the top female hockey player in the United States. In 2005 and 2004, she was chosen on the NCAA All American First Team.

In 2005, she received the E.L. “Duce” Rasmussen Award Presented to the school top-scholar athlete and was named the WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year. That same year, she won the 2005 USCHO Sportsmanship Award.

Hockey

  • Ranked third in all-time leading scoring in Bulldogs history with 229 points in just 97 games
  • Named to the WCHA All-Decade team in 2009
  • Top 3 Finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award (Best female player in NCAA) in 2005
  • Top 10 Finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award (Best female player in NCAA) in 2004
  • 2005 and 2004 NCAA CCM All-America First Team
  • 2005 USCHO Sportsmanship Award
  • 2005 WCHA All Tournament Team
  • 2003 and 2005 WCHA First All-Star Team & 2004 WCHA Second All-Star Team
  • 2003 NCAA Frozen Four Most Valuable Player
  • 2003 WCHA Final Five MVP
  • 2003 WCHA All-Rookie Team
  • Team Captain Junior and Senior year

Academic

  • 2005 Academic All-America Team
  • 2005 E.L. “Duce” Rasmussen Award (Presented to the school top-scholar athlete)
  • 2005 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Student-Athlete of the Year
  • 2004 and 2005 WCHA All-Academic Team
  • 2004-2005 National Scholar Athlete (Chosen by the American Women’s Coaches Association)
  • 2004-2005 Academic All-District Team (Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America CoSIDA)

NCAA Career Stats

Seasons Team GP G A PTS PIM
2002-03 UMD Bulldogs 32 31 42 73 16
2003-04 UMD Bulldogs 32 29 47 76 16
2004-05 UMD Bulldogs 33 32 48 80 18
Total UMD Bulldogs 97 92 137 229 16

Minnesota Whitecaps WWHL (Western Women’s Hockey League)

Caroline played with the WWHL’s Minnesota Whitecaps from 2006-08.
Caroline won the WCHL championship with the Montreal Axion team in 2006.

Esso Women’s National Championship

Caroline participated in 5 Esso Women’s National Championship with team Québec winning gold in 1999 and 2002, and silver in 2000, 2001 and 2006. Caroline was named Most Valuable Player at the 2001 Esso Women’s National Championship, well as being named Top Forward in 1999.

Team Quebec under 18

Caroline won a gold medal at the 1997 National Women’s Under-18 Championship and a bronze medal with Quebec at the 1995 Canada Winter Games.

Minor Hockey

Caroline played her minor hockey with the ‘’Comité des jeunes de Rosemont.’’ She won a gold medal with Quebec at the 1997 national under-18 championship. And won a bronze medal with Quebec at the 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She participated in the 1997 Canada Games in Softball.

Inline Hockey

Caroline won a World Championship in 2004 with the Canadian Women’s Inline team and was named the top scorer of the tournament.

Softball

Caroline played for Quebec’s fastball team at the 1997 Canada Summer Games and has competed in 6 National Championships.

Work experience

Caroline is fortunate to be part of the RBC Olympians program since 2010. Ouellette worked as an assistant coach with the Concordia University Stingers in the CIS during the 2012-13 season. She is the owner of Caroline Ouellette High Performance hockey camps and the Caroline Ouellette Girls Hockey Celebration.

Caroline was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2006 to 2008, winning WCHA and NCAA National titles in 2008. She won a silver medal as an assistant coach with the National women’s under 18 team at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Community Involvement

In 2014, Caroline started the Caroline Ouellette Girls Hockey Tournament, an annual girls hockey tournament for novice to peewee categories (6 to 12 years old). This event was the first in it’s kind. Not only were teams able to register, but individual players that play in boys hockey could sign up and be placed in a team created for the tournament, allowing many girls to live their first experience in female hockey. Through a partnership with RBC and Hockey Québec, the event also offered a Try Hockey program where girls that have never tried hockey could sign up, get an equipment loan and try hockey with several olympians and members of the Montreal Les Canadiennes of the CWHL. Caroline has also worked to create the First Shift Female Hockey Program, to give young girls the opportunity to learn the basics of hockey from olympians. Through all these programs, Ouellette has enable hundreds of girls to experience the game she loves for the first time.

Caroline won the 2014 YMCA Women of Distinction Award, in the Sports and Wellness Category, for standing out with her determination. She also won the 2013 Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award, awarded annually during the Esso Cup, to an active female player who has made a significant contribution to female hockey both on and off the ice and that demonstrates strong community involvement and dedication to all aspects of the game. Caroline’s involvement in the community has earned her a nomination for 2013 CWHL Humanitarian Award. She is an athlete ambassador with Right to Play since 2004. She visited a Right to Play program in Bénin, Africa in 2011.

Ouellette was a guest speaker for the 60 Million Girls foundation and the Québec Breast Cancer Foundation. She was spokesperson for “Carrément Rose,” a fundraising campaign that raised over $15,000 for the Breast Cancer Research. Caroline has taking part several times in the Run for the Cure. She is an active advocate in the annual CWHL Montreal Stars fundraising game to Fight Breast Cancer. Caroline has been inspired by the courage and determination of her aunt Claire, a breast cancer survivor.

Caroline annually participates in the Montreal Media Hockey Marathon to benefit the Otis Grant Foundation. Caroline is chair of the Hockey Canada Women’s High Performance Advisory Committee since 2009. She cofounded athletichub.com, a website designed to help young student-athletes get recruited at the collegiate level.

Education

Caroline attended College Ahunstic in Law Enforcement ‘’Techniques Policières’’ and graduated from the Quebec National Police School in 2000. She attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where she graduated with Cum Laude Honors in Criminology and Women’s Studies in May 2005. Caroline has completed her Intermediate and High Performance 1 coaching levels with the National Coaching Certification Program.

Personal

Caroline is the daughter of Nicole and André and has one sister, Nadine. She is born on May 25th and lives in Montreal.

Statistics

Sports Accomplishments

        • Canadian Women’s Hockey Team – 1999-present
          • Gold Medalist, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games
          • Gold Medalist, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
          • Gold Medalist, 2006 Torino Olympic Games
          • Gold Medalist, 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games
          • Gold Medalist, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012 World Championships
          • Silver Medalist, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 World Championship
          • Gold Medalist, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 4 Nations Cup
        • Canadian Women’s Under 22 Hockey Team 1998-2001
          • Gold Medalist, 2000 Three Nations Tournament & 1998 Christmas Cup
        • UMD Women’s Varsity Hockey Team – 2002-2005
          • 2003 NCAA Frozen Four National Champion & WCHA Final Five Champion
        • Quebec Women’s Hockey Team – 1997-2002
          • Gold Medalist in 1997, 1999, and 2002 National Championships
          • Team Captain in 2001 and 2002
        • Canadian In-Line Women’s Team – 2004
          • Gold Medalist, 2004 World Championship
        • Quebec Women’s Softball Team – 1995-2000
          • Bronze medalist, 1998 and 1999 National Championships
          • Participated in the 1997 Canada Games

Individual Achievements and Awards

                • 2014 Recipient of YWCA Women of Distinction Award
                  • 2013 Recipient of Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award
                  • Awarded to a player that has made a significant contribution to female hockey both on and off the ice and that demonstrates strong community involvement and dedication to all aspects of the game
                • Nominated for the 2013 CWHL Humanitarian Award
                • National Women’s Hockey Team Captain during the 2014 Sochi Olympics
                • National Women’s Hockey Team Assistant-Captain from 2006 to 2013
                • Currently ranked 3rd all-time for points with the National Women’s Team
                • Clarkson Cup Champion with the Montreal Stars in 2012 & 2011 & 2009, MVP in 2009 & 2012
                • Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) MVP in 2009 & 2011 – Angela James Bowl recipient in 2011 (top scorer)
                • University of Minnesota Duluth
                  • Academic
                    • 2005 Academic All-America Team
                    • 2005 E.L. “Duce” Rasmussen Award (Presented to the school top-scholar athlete)  & WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year
                    • 2004 and 2005 WCHA All-Academic Team
                    • 2004-2005 National Scholar Athlete (Chosen by the American Women’s Coaches Association)
                    • 2004-2005 Academic All-District Team (Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America CoSIDA)
                    • Hockey
                      • Team Captain Junior and Senior year
                      • Top 3 Finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award (Best female player in NCAA) in 2005 & Top 10 Finalist in 2004
                      • 2005 and 2004 NCAA All American First Team
                      • 2005 USCHO Sportsmanship Award
                      • 2003 and 2005 WCHA First All-Star Team & 2004 WCHA Second All-Star Team
                      • 2003 NCAA Frozen Four Most Valuable Player (MVP) & WCHA Final Five MVP & WCHA All-Rookie Team
                    • Quebec Women’s Hockey Team
                      • Most Valuable Player at the 2001 Esso Nationals
                      • Top Forward at the 1999 Esso Nationals
                    • Canadian Women’s In-Line Team
                      • 2004 World Championship Leading Scorer Award