The atmosphere was festive at the 21.02 High Performance Center, located at the Verdun Auditorium, on Saturday. Even a goal by the Boston team was warmly applauded by the crowd. The most important: the victory of women’s hockey.
Among the spectators, the young Tallula Dinsmore, 12, had come to attend the start of the mini-tournament called “Quartexx Showcase”, which brings together four clubs, in the company of her teammates from the pee-wee formation of the Storm du Sud-Ouest.
Between two periods, the one who plays on the right wing was able to meet the famous Quebec goalkeeper Ann-Renée Desbiens, champion of the recent Beijing Olympics. Her eyes were bright as she held the famous Canadian team gold medal in her hands. A bit of conversation with the athlete and some photos followed.
“It’s really amazing to be here,” said Tallula, who lives in Hudson. We have one game left in the season and I think it will really inspire us.”
“That’s mainly why we play hockey, for his part agreed Desbiens. When we have the opportunity to come to an event like this and we see little girls who tell us that they watched the Olympic Games and that they also dream of playing for Canada, that is as an athlete that we measure our success.”
Meet your idol
During an improvised press briefing, it was little Gabrielle De La Mota Audet, 8, who had the opportunity to meet her idol Marie-Philip Poulin.
Danièle Sauvageau, director of the Performance Center and great ambassador for women’s hockey, hadn’t prepared in advance. Seeing the young girl pass by with a sweater bearing the image of Poulin on her back, she took her with her and her mother for a magical moment.
“I feel a lot of pride, reacted his mother, Sylvianna Audet, with the tremolo in her voice. He’s his idol, it’s really a special moment.”
Poulin’s Canadian team jersey, which she had autographed, was the birthday present given in advance of her 9th birthday, celebrated next week. No doubt that the young player of the Intrépides de Laval will keep it preciously.
“It’s so heartwarming,” said Poulin. In an arena full like that, we see the eyes of little boys and little girls shining when we are looked at. This dose of love makes us realize why we do this and why we make all these sacrifices. It makes us happy to share our passion with these young people.”
Montreal and Minnesota in the final
Speaking of the mini-tournament, teams from Montreal and Minnesota will face off in the grand final on Sunday. Notably, Ontario’s Jessie Eldridge scored a hat trick in a 5-2 win over Calgary earlier in the evening. The Minnesota team had previously defeated Boston by a score of 7-1.
The end of the competition will be held on Sunday, still in Verdun. Another day that will serve to illuminate the eyes of children and some parents.
Photo QMI Agency, Benoît Rioux
Emma Bertrand and her father, Jean-Philippe, attended, on Saturday April 2, 2022, the Vitrine Quartexx event at the 21.02 High Performance Center, located at the Verdun Auditorium.
Inspiration for young people
The young Emma Bertrand was accompanied by her father, Jean-Philippe, for the Vitrine Quartexx event, Saturday, in Verdun.
“I find it really incredible that we can come here and see hockey games. In addition, they are girls and it’s really inspiring, ”noted the young Emma, player of the Storm du Sud-Ouest, at the pee-wee level.
“I mostly play for fun,” she added. But it is certain that I would like to go to the Olympic Games to do like my favorite players who are Marie-Philip Poulin and Mélodie Daoust.
For his part, the dad took advantage of the precious moment.
“It gives the girls a vision of how far they could go later,” said the man who lives in the municipality of Les Cèdres. It’s important for them to see the place that women’s hockey can get.”