(Quebec) Two hockey players in the region, Marie-Philip Poulin and Ann-Renee Desbiens, have each in their own way, dominated the circuit in which they operate, during the past year. Pillars of their teams, the Canadians of Montreal and the Badgers from the University of Wisconsin, they ended their season covered individual honors.
What they want now is complete their campaign by putting hands on a collective basis. Desbiens begins the road to the Frozen Four with the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division 1 Saturday. As for Poulin, she disputes the final of the Clarkson Cup on Sunday.
Marie-Philip Poulin: a title and a Cup win
In his first professional season in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), Marie-Philip Poulin is among the three finalists for the title of MVP of the circuit, which will be awarded distinction Friday. But what the star striker wants most is to allow the Montreal Canadians to put their hand on their fifth Clarkson Cup on Sunday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.
The time that separates the final match can not also pass more slowly for Poulin, while teammates of Canadian women – including Caroline Ouellette and Charline Labonté – and prepare to face the Inferno of Calgary, a team that also includes its share of famous names on the national scene, including Hayley Wickenheiser, Rebecca Johnston and Brianne Jenner.
“That’s what we wanted from the beginning. It was our goal and then we made there. We’re really excited. It’s just a game, then there is really no room for error. This week we are preparing big, “said Poulin.
Taking advantage of the offensive power of his training, Beaucevilloise of 24 years – will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the end of the month – has completed his rookie season with a scoring championship League (trophy Angela James). A great start, she was the first surprise.
“You never know what to expect when you join a new league, you undertake a new season. Sometimes you have beautiful put all efforts and it does not work. I am very lucky that it has also been. I had great teammates this year. They make me look very good on the ice. I thank them every day! ”
Having already had a short stay with the Stars – Team name before its partnership with the Montreal Canadiens – when it was operating in the college ranks (Dawson), Marie-Philip knew what to expect by joining training after four seasons at Boston university. However, it notes that the club’s visibility has grown from its association with the formation of the NHL. Same for the League, which got an invaluable showcase at the Winter Classic NHL in Foxboro in January.
“For us, it was like a childhood dream. Girls, we were so excited to be able to embark on the ice! Just make warming with our hats, we could see the excitement in everyone’s eyes. We were all dazzled. Because that’s how we all started playing hockey. To live in this team, it was really fantastic! ”
Besides the proximity to family, returning to Montreal will have several positive effects for Marie-Philip, the opportunity to train at the National Institute of Sport Quebec. “Me and Charline, we often train together. To have access to this new institute, which offers all possible services to athletes, we are really lucky, “says the striker who, after the Clarkson Cup, will tackle another challenge, this time with training national: World women’s hockey, which will take place in Kamloops, in April.
Season record: 23 goals and 23 assists in 22 games, Differential + 29
Series Record: 3 goals and 4 assists in 2 games, differential of +6
Sheet of Canadian in 2015-2016: 21-3 (1 CWHL res)
Record against Montreal Calgary: 4-2
Ann-Renee Desbiens: supernatural statistics
In his third season in the US College ranks, Ann-Renée Desbiens rewrote the record books of the NCAA, achieving 18 shutouts in a season with 36 meetings. Player of the Year WCHA, it is one of three finalists for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier. Road to the Frozen Four, it will play the quarter-final, which will oppose his Wisconsin Badgers to the Lakers Mercyhurst (CHA) in Madison on Saturday.
Since the beginning of the series, Desbiens added four shutouts in net. Directly responsible for more than half of the victories of his team, the athlete of 21 years, which shows supernatural statistics, has never experienced such season before.
“It’s not something I expected at the beginning of the year,” she humbly admitted. “This is the year I’ve been the most consistent. There were many beautiful moments that happened during the year. And there are still a few, with the Frozen Four, “suggested one that wants to see his training spend the semifinals, unlike the last two years.
If the saying is found and defensive win championships, the Badgers are in good position to finally overcome archrivals Minnesota, their tombeuses in 2014 and 2015, however they have final defeats in the WCHA last week. Their shutouts also advocates Badgers!
“We went to 22 this season, with the series! So it is certain that as a team, it’s quite extraordinary. This is not something that everyone is able to achieve and I think it is a mark that will stay for a bit. It is in the room, we talk, and misery were to believe what is happening, “said the guardian.
The championship foremost
At the heart of this success, the unwavering Desbiens received all possible individual honors, being named player of the year in its association and one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which will be awarded to the best player for US university the Frozen Four.
“It’s fun to be nominated for these awards. This is not something that is expected in early. There are only three finalists across all Division 1 teams as it’s not a very common honor, I did not concentrate so much on it this year as I took maturity on my form and performance . Because the ultimate goal is really to win the NCAA championship. ”
At least for this season. In the longer term, Ann-Renée Desbiens wants to add an Olympic medal to his reward, even if it was ruled out of the Canadian selection for the World Kamloops in April.
“This year I had a lot of projects at school. I wanted to apply for the Masters in Accounting and I was very busy. And with Hockey Canada officials, it was agreed that it would be better if I focus on school. I’ll get back my luck next year … ”
Personal profile: 32-3-1
Save percentage: 961
Sheet Badgers in 2015-2016: 34-3-1 (2’re divison 1 in NCAA)