Kim St-Pierre has opened countless doors for young girls who dream of a hockey career. On Monday, another Hall of Fame will open: the Hockey Hall of Fame, where she will become the first female goalkeeper to be inducted.
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She has been waiting for this moment for a long time. As part of the 2020 recruiting roster along with Kevin Lowe, Jarom Igina, Marianne Houssa, Doug Wilson and Ken Holland, last year’s party has been canceled due to COVID-19.
“I got a call from Lanny McDonald on June 20, 2020, but finally the party was canceled and we didn’t know until last September that it was going to be this year. It’s been a long wait and a lot of people have told me about it last year! For me, this is the icing on the cake. No There is a greater honor,” she says.
St-Pierre certainly did not steal it. In her career, she helped the Canadian national team win three Olympic gold medals and five world championships.
“I’m a little embarrassed anyway,” she says. Hockey is a team sport, and to receive such an important individual honor it is important to share it with all the people who have had an impact on my career,” said the eighth woman in history to be memorialized at the temple.
From the beginning
Kim St-Pierre did not want to forget anyone since every move, the goalkeeper believes, was crucial to the rest of her career.
From the moment she asked her parents, Andre and Louise, at the age of eight, if it was possible to swap blade skating, a sport she had practiced for three years, for hockey.
“At first, my parents told me that hockey is not for girls! However, they gave me this opportunity,” she recalls.
In addition to her parents, St-Pierre will always be grateful to the small hockey organizations of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, then Châteauguay, for “welcoming her with open arms”.
Initially, Logic wanted her to be an attacker or a defender.
“With my years in figure skating, I was a good skater. At that time, we often put those who could not skate in front of the net.”
But one morning, she decided she wanted to wear leggings.
“In my first match, we were destroyed 8-0! My parents were happy at night because they thought I was going to give up on the idea. For my part, I was very sad and resented them for letting me be a babysitter. On the other hand, I learned a lesson that evening, not Which is not to give up. I played the next game and never took out the equipment again.”
Then there was a hockey program at McGill University that prevented Saint-Pierre from retiring prematurely.
“In my first camp in Bantam AA with the guys, I was cut. For four years, I was separated from the Quebec team. I started to understand that hockey wasn’t right for me. I failed to make an AAA dwarf and wasn’t recruited as a junior major. In my head, after my youngster AA, it was going to end.”
But the McGill representative’s visit, during one of his junior AA matches, was then crucial to the rest of his career.
“When my dad told me they wanted to offer me a job with McGill, I understood it gave me another four years to play hockey. But when he told me I should go play with the girls, I didn’t want to! She laughs.
St-Pierre eventually agreed and his stint at McGill would be crowned with success, both in and out of the ring. In addition to collecting individual prizes and becoming the first woman to win a college game with men, she also meets her partner Lenny Jo Goudreau and best friend Amey Doyle.
His presence at McGill also gave him exceptional insight. In her first year, she received an invitation from Danielle Sauvago to participate in the women’s national team camp that was held in Quebec.
“That year, Manon Ryum had been on vacation since she was pregnant. Once I arrived, I saw that I had my place and that I had to play at the level of the game. I arrived with confidence and for fun and was able to break through the roster.”
It was the start of a great adventure with the national team since the following season, she became the honorary guard of the national program.
The rest is history.
Kim St-Pierre in numbers
► 83 Played matches (1Re)
► 4552 Number of minutes played (1Re)
► 64 win (1Re)
► 1,17 Average goals against (2NS)
► , 939 Downtime percentage (1Re)
► 29 shutter (1Re)
- 3 Olympic gold medals (2002, 2006, 2010)
- 5 gold medals at the World Championships (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008)
- 3 gold medals in the Triple Nations Cup (1998, 1999, 2001).
- 3 gold medals at the Fourth Nations Cup (2006, 2009, 2010)
- The first woman to win a men’s college hockey game in 2003
- 2 Clarkson Cup wins in 2009 and 2011 (Canadian Championship)
- He participated in a training with Al-Kindi in 2008
Three conquests with distinct flavors
Kim St-Pierre won three gold medals at the Olympics. When you delve into her memories, they were all special for different reasons. She tells us how she lived the conquests of 2002, 2006 and 2010.
2002 Salt Lake City
3-2 victory over the United States
“This premiere will always be special to me. When I was younger, I played many sports and my goal was to go to the Olympics, regardless of the discipline. When I had the opportunity to go there in 2002, it was an achievement for several years of Sacrifices, for my father as for me. I still remember the feeling I had at the opening ceremonies of the games. Then winning the gold is the height of what an athlete can hope for. We had just lost eight games in a row to the Americans before beating them in the final. When you succeed In winning this medal, it is the culmination of a dream. I wanted to share it with my parents because without their support this would not have been possible.”
4-1 win over Sweden
“The 2006 Games were a bit different as an experience. Unlike in 2002, I didn’t get the chance to play every game, in addition, the Americans lost in the semi-finals, so we found Sweden for the gold. Before the final, I knew I wasn’t going to be a goalkeeper. The main goal. It was a huge blow because I’ve been training for eight months now. As a result, I took a lot of maturity. The opening was less special, but it was the experience of a lifetime. I realized the importance of having fun every day and not playing in the final doesn’t mean you’re not part of the team. ”
2-0 victory over the United States
“It was a special experience because it allowed me to experience the games in our country, which is not often the case. I remember the atmosphere in Vancouver was electric. The final was also dramatic because it was Marie Philippe Pauline who played the hero by scoring two goals for our team in the victory. Pictures of the celebrations roamed The world. In addition, the men also won the gold. At that moment, I knew it would be my last game, so I enjoyed it differently. I benefited from the experience.”
8 women in the hall of fame
striker | United State
striker | Canada
defender | Canada
defender | United State
striker | Canada
striker | Canada
striker | Canada
Kim St. Pierre
guardian | Canada
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