“It is an honor for us that Eve has agreed to participate in the camp,” said Olympiques general manager and head coach Louis Robitaille in a statement. “She has shown in the past that she can compete at any level. His pedigree is incredible. She will have the chance to show all her talent during the camp. “
The Gatineau Olympiques announce that goalie Ève Gascon will participate in the team’s camp.
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Gascon, 18, was unable to play anywhere last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has shattered glass ceilings at every level of his career.
In 2018-2019, at age 15, she became the first goaltender to land a full-time starting position in the Quebec midget AAA league when she played 18 games with the Phoenix from Esther-Blondin College. The following year, she appeared in 25 games with the Phoenixes, helping them reach the playoffs. In September of last year, Gascon announced that she had pledged to play for the University of Minnesota Duluth’s women’s hockey program, but it’s unclear how her Olympic tryout will impact that decision.
Internationally, Gascon helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2020 U18 World Championships when she was just 17 years old. It was due to start for Canada during the 2021 edition of the tournament, but it was canceled due to the pandemic. Off the rink, his volunteer work with youth hockey organizations has earned him the Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Prize from Hockey Canada for the 2020-2021 season. The award is presented annually to “an active player who demonstrates dedication and leadership in the game”.
Gascon has three-time Olympic champion and former QMJHL goaltender, Charline Labonté, as a mentor and friend. In an interview in 2019, Labonté said Gascon was on track to be Canada’s goaltender of the future at the Olympic and world championship level.
“I don’t want to be biased, but I think she’s next,” Labonté said. “She’s going step by step, but everywhere she’s gone she’s been successful. “
The Olympics will open training camp on Monday with medical and physical tests. The team will play the first of 10 preseason games on Thursday.