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PWHL Montreal re-signs Claire Dalton to one-year contract

PWHL Montreal re-signs Claire Dalton to one-year contract
PWHL Montreal re-signs Claire Dalton to one-year contract

Another secondary scorer returns to one of the top teams north of the border.

On Tuesday, PWHL Montreal announced that it has signed forward Claire Dalton to a new one-year contract, effective for the 2024-25 season.

“We are delighted that Claire will be returning to our team next season,” said General Manager Danièle Sauvageau in a press release. “In addition to her physical presence, she has shown great promise and we are confident that she will continue to make progress in the coming season.”

Dalton missed four games during the inaugural regular season, but was a valuable asset in the bottom six for a Montreal team that was one of the best in the league. In 20 games, the Etobicoke, Ontario native had five goals and four assists, with a plus/minus of +3. She registered the team’s second hat trick against Ottawa on Feb. 24.

Dalton also played in all three playoff games for Montreal, in which the team was defeated by eventual runner-up Boston.

“I’m very excited and honored to be back in Montreal next season,” Dalton said. “I can’t wait to continue playing in the best city, in front of the best fans. Come on “Montreal!”

Dalton was a true rookie for the 2024 campaign, having played four years at Yale University, where she was captain during her final season, scoring 44 goals and 89 assists in 130 games. She also represented her country at the 2018 IIHF Women’s Under-18 World Championship, helping Canada win bronze.

The 24-year-old makes it seven forwards on Montreal’s roster for the 2024-25 season. According to Elite Prospects, the team has 15 players under standard player contracts for next year.

Montreal finished second in the PWHL in its first year, going 10-3-5-6, six points behind Toronto.

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