CWHL’s Alberta Hockey Club names Champagne as new GM

CALGARY -- The Alberta Hockey Club of the professional Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced Friday the appointment of Chantal Champagne as the team’s new general manager.

Champagne is no stranger to high level hockey, having been involved in women’s hockey for 20 years, including more than 10 in the high-performance area. She is a Hockey Canada certified Level VI official with national and international experience in the women’s game.

Among her previous roles are manager of the men’s national sledge hockey team and programs with Hockey Canada, including the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, when Canada won its first ever Paralympic gold medal at the Winter Games.

A former sport and wellness services director at the Talisman Centre Sport & Wellness, she holds certificates in Business Administration, Customer Relationship Management, Supervisor, Coaching and Mentorship, Marketing and New Media. Champagne replaces Calgary-based general manager Samantha Holmes-Domagala, who is leaving the GM role in order to have her first child. She’ll remain in an advisory capacity and work with sponsorship.

“We expect to have a quality team this season that should be able to compete each and every game,” said Champagne. “I look forward to helping the team build on the foundation from its inaugural CWHL season in 2011-12 and put Alberta in position to be competitive and challenge for the Clarkson Cup.”

Champagne, who hopes to have a coach in place soon, believes her education, leadership and past hockey experience will help take Alberta to the next level.

“My many successes are due, in large part, to my keen ability to effectively provide direction and leadership to the overall provision and delivery of strategies and business operations management,” said Champagne. “It has enabled me to harness the potential of all levels, empower and motivate various teams to many successes. In short, I move the organization forward.”

In addition to putting a coach in place, Champagne will take part in the annual CWHL draft, which takes place Tuesday.

For more information, please contact:
Chantal Champagne
General Manager, Alberta Hockey Club
C: 403-697-0332

About the CWHL

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, while providing a place for the best female hockey players in North America to train and compete. The league offers fans an international-grade showcase for the most talented female hockey players. Affordably priced, all CWHL games feature speed, finesse and skill and players are accessible to fans.

The CWHL is entering its fourth season as the premiere Women’s hockey league in the world. Since its inception in 2007, the Canadian Women's Hockey League has supported all teams in their season of home/away games, as well as charity and exhibition games in the community. Each season has culminated in an exciting playoff tournament where the top teams play-off for the Clarkson Cup. The CWHL is a player-driven and centrally funded league, which means teams receive equal access to funding.

For more information on the CWHL please contact
Brenda Andress 647 278 6515