The honours continue to roll in for the 2022 national champion Concordia Stingers women's hockey team, including this afternoon when they were welcomed at the Quebec national assembly.
Led by head coach Julie Chu, members of the team made the trip to Quebec City where they met Isabelle Charest, the minister responsible for sports; Chantal Rouleau, the minister responsible for the Montreal region, and Premier François Legault.
Concordia’s championship season was recognized before the start of the afternoon’s formal proceedings when Rouleau shared details of team’s success at the U Sports nationals.
The Stingers observed the afternoon session of the national assembly where Quebec’s electoral officials took part in a question period. Afterward Charest, Rouleau and Legault met and congratulated the team. The Stingers presented them with gifts and took photos.
“It was impressive and interesting to see the debate,” said Concordia captain Audrey Belizile. “It was an honour for our team to visit with the ministers and to be recognized. It was special and a privilege.”
Chu echoed her captain’s sentiments.
“The opportunity to continue to celebrate the success of our championship season is really special,” she said. “To be in a place where the provincial leadership is and where they make decisions, it was a great moment for our team.”
The Stingers have been honoured by the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre and at multiple women’s hockey tournaments and events, including at the Saint-Georges tournament, at a Champlain College Cougars hockey game and at the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association showcase.
The team will also visit Montreal City Hall in June, and Concordia University will hold a celebration in the summer.
The Stingers won a hard-fought battle with the Nipissing Lakers 4-0 to earn the Golden Path Trophy and raise the U Sports championship banner on March 27 in Charlottetown, P.E.I.