The very first Tanguay Women’s Hockey Championship was held at the Complexe sportif Desjardins in Rimouski on the first weekend of July. The event, which brought together the best bantam players in Quebec, was a success.
Following the cancellation of the Quebec Games, which were to be held in Rivière-du-Loup in March 2022, the regional head of women’s hockey in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Chantale Thibeault, had the idea of setting up this provincial championship.
“As soon as the announcement of the cancellation of the Games in January, I contacted Hockey Quebec to tell them about my project, they were very open and we created a partnership to move forward. Alexandre Tanguay de Tanguay immediately believed in our project and became our major commander,” she says.
Teams from 12 regions of Quebec: Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Outaouais, Sud-Ouest, Laval, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Lac-St-Louis, Estrie, Chaudière-Appalaches, Capitale-Nationale , Côte-Nord and Est-du-Québec, have agreed to travel to Rimouski for the first Tanguay Women’s Hockey Championship. About 200 bantam players, aged 13 to 14, AAA to B caliber, played 23 games at the Complexe sportif Desjardins. The event showcased the next generation of women’s hockey in Quebec.
“Perhaps it’s not the entirety of the Quebec Games that we offered to the athletes, but at least the competitive part. We can say that it is mission accomplished. Not all the participating teams had only good words about the championship,” says Ms. Thibeault.
The Eastern Quebec team was made up of 18 girls from Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine. She was coached by Steeve Proulx, Yannick Dumais and Marilyne Robichaud and made it to the semi-finals against the Laurentides team that won the championship.
“The majority of the teams were made up of players playing in the women’s AAA and they play together throughout the year. We are therefore quite proud of our players from the regions, of our team from Est-du-Québec, which has made its place in the semi-finals, that’s something,” concluded Chantale Thibeault.