The third season of the Revolution under the leadership of general manager Maurice Jean has started.
The first two seasons were marked by a series of small success, however, not enough to leave the last position of the ranking. While remaining one of the youngest teams in the league, the 2016-2017 edition will present a lot of maturity.
In the net, Laurie St-Pierre will take over from Kim Slessor and Alanah Cormier who cannot be in the lineup due to study. Rookie in the league, Laurie has had the experience of the World Junior Championships and should be able to quickly adapt to playing the National League Ringette.
The defensive corps remains substantially the same with Stephanie Jean, Amanda Leblanc, Virginia Dufort, Maude Toupin and Marie-Christine Lepage. Camille Frédérique Lavoie who played last year for the U19 AA RiveSud replace Anne Gadbois studying outside the metropolitan area. The experience gained in the last two years was already felt at the end of last season and our defensive should be able to assert itself as one of the best on the circuit. The challenge for them will be to reduce the pressure on our rookie goaltender.
The offensive squad is also almost back in full. Only two players (Catherine Drouin and Camille Chiasson) will not be back this year, having decided to take a year out of the NRL. Rookie Camille Lavoie who played for U19AA RiveSud last year and veteran Audrey-Anne Plante who returns to play for the Revolution after two years with the Montreal Mission will be added to Sarah-Maude Boucher, Claudine Savard, Melody Lacroix Audrey Vachon, Justine Lapointe (rookie of the year in the NRL 2016), Frédérique Jean and Laura Simoneau. These attackers will continue on the momentum of last year by putting constant pressure on opposing defensives.
A new coach will be behind the bench. Daniel Lapointe, who successfully led the U19AA and U16AA teams RiveSud for several years will take over from Dany Leblanc. His challenge will be to transform the talent and the will of its successful players on the ice.
Unquestionably, the 2016-2017 edition of the Revolution is one of the most balanced in franchise history on paper. It remains to prove it on the ice.