Eve Gascon has made a profession out of enjoying hockey with the boys.
Ultimately, although, this athletic goaltender plans to make a reputation for herself with the famed ladies of Staff Canada.
First, Gascon will make a little bit of hockey historical past with the QMJHL Gatineau Olympiques. Gascon, 18, reported to the Olympiques Saturday morning, after being referred to as up by the foremost junior staff. Friday night time, Gascon recorded her tenth win of the season for her Cegep staff, the Saint-Laurent Patriotes. Gascon is 10-5-0 with the Patriotes, enjoying within the boys Cegep league, with a 2.81 goals-against common and .899 save share.
After arriving in Gatineau late Friday, the native of Terrebonne, Que., will simply get an opportunity to catch her breath earlier than Gatineau’s 4 p.m. recreation Saturday on the Slush Puppie Centre in opposition to Val-d’Or.
“I really feel good,” Gascon says over the cellphone, between courses at her Cegep college on Friday. “I’m excited to follow with them, and possibly have a possibility to play video games.
“I’m excited however a bit bit confused, for certain.”
Gatineau’s beginning goaltender, Remi Poirier (who simply signed an entry stage contract with the Dallas Stars), is injured. This week, Alexis St. Amour-Lachance was despatched again to his junior AAA staff, leaving Emerik Despatie because the incumbent Gatineau goalie as Gascon checks in for responsibility.
Gascon does have some familiarity with the Olympiques, having been invited to their rookie coaching camp final fall.
At that time, Gascon had already made historical past by being the primary feminine participant to play for a boys main U-18 staff in Quebec, with School Esther-Blondin Phenix. That was in 2018.
At Gatineau’s rookie occasion, Gascon impressed teaching workers and gamers together with her poise and talent.
“We had her on our radar final yr,” mentioned Olympiques head coach and GM Louis Robitaille throughout camp. “She was simply coming off an important camp with Hockey Canada. We had been actually honoured and excited to have her settle for our invitation and make Gatineau one of many stops
on her hockey dream.”
Simply the fourth lady in league historical past to affix a QMJHL staff, Gascon appeared like she belonged.
“I used to be actually impressed by her calm, her professionalism,” Robitaille mentioned, after observing Gascon in camp.
Gascon believes there can be some added consolation from having been with Gatineau, even when only for a coaching camp. Now, issues get actual.
“It’s a great expertise to go there and be with the staff,” she says. “It’s very skilled.”
The scouting report on Gascon: a goalie who can play the technical recreation, but in addition has the power to flash throughout the web for an enormous save.
“I’m athletic, so I could make saves even when I am not in a great place,” Gascon says, “however I attempt to be in good place to make the straightforward saves.”
Although her first strides in hockey had been as a skater, Gascon was simply seven or eight when she knew she needed to be a goalie.
“I used to be impressed by the gear,” Gascon laughs.
That gear was already in the home. Gascon’s father, Stephane was a goaltender in his enjoying days. Eve additionally had two ready-made shooters in the home, older brothers Felix and Raphael. Each performed aggressive hockey and Felix, a five-foot-10 defenceman, was drafted by the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads, and a performed a recreation with them in 2018-19.
“My brothers appreciated to shoot on me on the street,” Gascon says.
Rising up, she at all times performed on boys groups. It wasn’t till Eve was invited to Staff Quebec and Staff Canada occasions that she joined ladies groups. With the 2019-20 U-18 Canadian staff, Gascon gained a silver medal. She was 3-1-0 within the occasion with a .938 save share and 1.39 goals-against.
“It was my first world junior match in my life and it was very good,” Gascon says. “The staff was nice and the expertise was good. Additionally, it was my first camp in English, so it was good to fulfill all the women.”
Gascon’s English is impeccable, so no worries there. She can be going to college in English when Gascon joins the NCAA College of Minnesota-Duluth ladies’s staff within the fall of 2023.
Gascon believes she’s going to research psychology, however isn’t sure but of her main.
As she continues to progress, together with her Cegep staff and this chance within the QMJHL, Gascon will attempt to emulate her two goaltending heroes: Carey Worth and Charline Labonte.
“For boys (hockey), Carey Worth is my idol,” Gascon says of the Montreal Canadiens’ celebrity. “I at all times needed to be like him. I like how he performs, and the way calm he’s within the web.
“For women, Charline Labonte is my mannequin. I need to be like her. Off the ice, she is an excellent individual, she is at all times there for me and I need to observe in her footsteps in hockey and in life.”
Labonte first reached out to Gascon when Eve first performed midget AAA hockey. For a time, Labonte was Gascon’s psychologist.
“I finished as a result of I didn’t suppose I wanted a psychologist any extra, however we stayed in contact,” Gascon says.
Labonte was one of many coaches when Gascon participated within the Caroline Ouellette Ladies Hockey Celebrations match.
Now 39, Labonte helped pave the way in which for Gascon, as the primary lady to earn a victory in a CHL recreation, whereas with the QMJHL Acadie-Bathurst Titan, greater than 20 years in the past. Labonte went on to a embellished goaltending profession within the ladies’s recreation and was a four-time Olympic gold medallist for Canada.
Gascon has related desires to play for Canada on the Olympics.
“I hope to be with the nationwide staff subsequent season, or subsequent yr,” Gascon says. “I need to be there quickly. I need to go to the Olympics, that’s my greatest purpose.”
A profession in skilled hockey may be within the playing cards for Gascon, because the womens’ recreation in North America continues to make massive strides.
One factor at a time. This afternoon in Gatineau, Gascon will take one other big step when she pulls on an Olympiques jersey for a daily season QMJHL recreation. Prepared, if wanted.