The future of women's hockey is in good hands. When Hockey Canada, the national governing body of ice hockey, put together an initiative to get more women involved in the game, there was overwhelming support from the Concordia Stingers.
Eighteen current women’s hockey players and seven recent graduates signed up and took coaching certification courses from the Hockey Canada Pond to Podium development series at the end of January.
“I am so proud that so many of our Concordia women’s hockey players and alumni have taken advantage of the opportunity given by Hockey Canada to complete their coaching certifications,” said Stingers head coach Caroline Ouellette. “They are the future of the game and that future is extremely bright with the leaders and role models they will become for the future generation of hockey players.”
Hockey Canada wants more women to get involved for a variety of reasons, including to create a positive and dynamic environment for young players and to have role models that make a difference in the lives of others.
The following current Stingers took both the Coach 1 and Coach 2 online certification: Alexandra Boulanger, Alice Philbert, Audrey Belzile, Audrey-Ann Rodrigue, Arianne Roy, Brigitte Laganière, Emmy Fecteau, Jasmine Nolan, Jessymaude Drapeau, Karleigh Scully, Léonie Philbert, Madison Oakes, Marie-Pascale Bernier, Rosalie Bégin-Cyr, Sandrine Lavictoire and Stéphanie Lemelin.
Olivia Hale and Stéphanie Lalancette completed the Coach 1 program.
The Stingers alumni also embraced the opportunity. Erica Porter, Claudia Dubois, Tracy-Ann Lavigne, Sophie Gagnon, Briar Bache and Emily Even took the Coach 1 and Coach 2 courses, while Alexandria D'Onofrio did the first certification.