Montreal, QC- TSN hockey has been posting their “All-Time Team Projects” on social media in which they build a team out of the best players to ever play for that organization. They released their All-Time Women’s Team Canada and it was packed full of stars. Names like Hayley Wichkenheiser and Marie Philip Poulin sparkled the roster, as well three U SPORTS alumni from the McGill Martlets, the three former Martlets were Kim St-Pierre, Charline Labonté, and Catherine Ward.
Goaltender Kim St-Pierre has won three Olympic gold medals (2002, 2006, and 2010) and was a part of the women’s national program for 15 years. In addition to her Olympic medals, she also won five gold medals in the IIHF World Championships. In her early years with Team Canada, she was also playing at McGill where she spent five years (1998-2003). Her time with McGill was spent breaking barriers as she was the first woman to win a regular-season men’s game and was named U SPORTS hockey player of the year.
Charline Labonté was also a goaltender and won three Olympic gold medals for Team Canada (2006, 2010, and 2014) and two in the World Championships. Her time with the McGill Martlets was pure dominance as she lead the team to three championships as well as set the record for most shutouts (78). When her university career was over, her record was a whopping 155-16-3. Whenever she was in net, it was practically a guaranteed victory.
Catherine Ward is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and is the youngest player to ever be inducted into McGill’s Sports Hall of Fame. The defenceman also helped McGill win back-to-back gold medals at nationals and was named MVP after the second gold medal win. She was offensively gifted and set numerous records for most goals and assists by a defenceman and even scored a hat trick.
These three women are some of the best to ever lace up the skates and were the biggest reason for McGill’s dominance in the past.