As a player, Kim St-Pierre always stood up to meet the moment. His time in the Hall of Fame spotlight was no different.
Standing center stage during Monday’s Hall induction ceremony, St-Pierre, the eighth woman and first consecrated goalkeeper, delivered a speech that captured her story and served as a call to the action to find out where hockey can go next.
“We have the power to accomplish anything,” said St-Pierre, addressing the next generation of young women looking to leave their mark in the game. “Impossible is nothing and they can be change. hockey is for everyone Write your own story and realize your own version of greatness.
Greatness is something that St-Pierre knows well.
A star rookie on the McGill women’s ice hockey team, St-Pierre became the first woman in U SPORTS Canadian history to win a men’s regular-season game, backing McGill to a 5-2 victory over Ryerson in November 2003.
“There are decisions that can change your life,” said the 42-year-old from Chateauguay, Que., Who played boys’ hockey until the age of 18. “When I was eight, I asked my parents if I could play. hockey. They were probably very, very surprised, but I’m so glad they decided to let me play.
“The first time I put on my goalie pads, women’s hockey was far from being an Olympic sport.
It wouldn’t last.
St-Pierre set the net for Team Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, leading the country to a 3-2 victory over the United States in the gold medal final. The Games proved to be a turning point that ushered in a golden age for the Canadian women’s team on the world stage, kicking off a race that saw Olympic gold medal won in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
St-Pierre player for the 2006 team in Turin as well, as well as the 2010 Games in Vancouver. She left the international game in 2013 as a giant, holding several international competition records, including most shutouts (15), most wins (24) and lowest goals against average ( 0.84).
“It is our responsibility to ensure that women’s hockey and women’s hockey continue to grow,” said St-Pierre, as she finished her speech before receiving a standing ovation. “We all dream of our professional women’s hockey league – and now is the time to make it a reality. Never stop fighting for what you believe in. Your efforts will be rewarded.