Janes ALL IN - Player Bios

For their efforts in laying the foundation of Canada’s National Women’s Team, 11 legends of the women’s game were chosen to be part of the Janes ALL IN poll. From this group, voters selected the six who will be featured on the goalie masks of Team Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jennifer Botterill – F (Winnipeg, Man.)

GP: 184 (4th) | G: 65 (7th) | A: 109 (5th) | P: 174 (6th)

Coming from an athletic family – her mother, Doreen, was a two-time Olympian as a speedskater and her brother, Jason, is the only three-time World Juniors gold medallist – it was little surprise that Jennifer Botterill excelled on the ice at a young age. She made her debut with Canada’s National Women’s Team just a few months after turning 18 and was the youngest member of the Canadian contingent at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, her first of four trips to the biggest stage in the game. A five-time gold medallist at the IIHF World Women’s Championship (where she was twice named MVP), Botterill went out in style, setting up Marie-Philip Poulin for the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over the U.S. at the 2010 Games in Vancouver that gave her a third Olympic gold medal.

Cassie Campbell-Pascall – D/F (Brampton, Ont.)

GP: 157 (10th) | G: 32 (18th) | A: 68 (9th) | P: 100 (13th)

She may not have the offensive numbers to match some of her peers, but few players left their mark on Canada’s National Women’s Team like Cassie Campbell-Pascall. The consummate leader, Campbell-Pascall served as captain from 2001 until her retirement in 2006, including a world title in 2004 and Olympic gold medals in 2002 and 2006; she remains the only Canadian – man or woman – to wear the ‘C’ for multiple Olympic victories. A product of the University of Guelph, Campbell-Pascall was a Swiss army knife for Team Canada, beginning her career as a defenceman (earning an all-star nod at the 1997 women’s worlds) before moving up front and finishing her career as a forward. She was the first women’s hockey player to earn induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, in 2007, and was the first woman to receive the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2012.

Danielle Goyette – F (Saint-Nazaire, Que.)

GP: 172 (7th) | G: 114 (3rd) | A: 105 (5th) | P: 219 (4th)

In the annals of Canada’s National Women’s Team, there are few pure goal-scorers better than Danielle Goyette. Among players who wore the Maple Leaf at least 100 times, none have a better goals-per-game average than the 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, who counted 114 goals in 172 games (0.66 GPG). And so many of them came in the biggest moments of the biggest games on the biggest stages – Goyette scored 15 goals in 16 games at the Olympic Winter Games (including eight in 1998, the second-most ever in a single tournament) and added 37 in 45 games at the IIHF World Women’s Championship. A two-time Olympic gold medallist and eight-time world champion, Goyette earned induction into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2018.

Geraldine Heaney – D (North York, Ont.)

GP: 125 (16th) | G: 27 (21st) | A: 66 (10th) | P: 93 (16th)

Irish born and Canadian raised, there has never been a defenceman quite like Geraldine Heaney. Described as the Bobby Orr of women’s hockey for her offensive exploits from the blue-line, the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee ranks as the highest-scoring defender in the history of Canada’s National Women’s Team, 20 points clear of Thérèse Brisson. Heaney burst onto the international scene at the inaugural IIHF World Women’s Championship in 1990, scoring her ‘Superman’ goal in the gold medal game that remains a highlight-reel staple 30 years later. She won seven world titles, was twice Top Defenceman at women’s worlds and closed out her international career on the ultimate high note, helping Canada win its first Olympic gold in 2002. A 2016 recipient of the Order of Hockey in Canada, Heaney was one of the first three women inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2008.

Jayna Hefford – F (Kingston, Ont.)

GP: 267 (2nd) | G: 157 (2nd) | A: 134 (3rd) | P: 291 (2nd)

From her National Women’s Team debut in 1997 to her international farewell in 2014, there were few players, if any, more consistently consistent than Jayna Hefford. She had at least four points in 11 of her 12 appearances at the IIHF Women’s World Championship (where she was a seven-time gold medallist and twice the Top Forward), and recorded totals of seven, seven and 12 points in the middle three of her five trips to the Olympic Winter Games (where she is one of just three players – with Hayley Wickenheiser and Caroline Ouellette – to win four gold medals). A 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and 2019 Order of Hockey in Canada recipient, Hefford ranks second all-time in games played, goals and points, and owns the single-game Team Canada scoring record with seven points (3G 4A) on Nov. 10, 2006 against Finland.

Angela James – F (Toronto, Ont.)

GP: 50 (53rd) | G: 33 (17th) | A: 21 (40th) | P: 54 (26th)

One of the original superstars of the game, Angela James was a known commodity in women’s hockey circles by the time the inaugural IIHF World Women’s Championship came around in 1990. All she did in Ottawa was score 11 times in five games (including one of just six four-goal games in Team Canada history), setting a tournament record that has been equalled but never surpassed three decades later. James’ international career included four gold medals in four appearances at women’s worlds (where she scored 22 goals in 20 games), and she was twice – in 1990 and 1992 – named to the tournament all-star team. Reflecting her role as a pioneer, James was among the first group of women inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame (2008) and Hockey Hall of Fame (2009).

Caroline Ouellette – F (Montreal, Que.)

GP: 220 (3rd) | G: 87 (4th) | A: 155 (2nd) | P: 242 (3rd)

A steadying force with Canada’s National Women’s Team for 16 seasons, Caroline Ouellette earned her place among the greats of the women’s game with offensive firepower and unwavering leadership. She did not miss an Olympic Winter Games or IIHF Women’s World Championship between 1999 and 2015, and averaged more than a point per game at both; she registered 26 points in 20 games at four Olympics, and 68 in 59 at 12 women’s worlds. Ouellette won six world titles – scoring the overtime winner to give Canada its most recent top-of-the-podium finish in 2012 – and is one of just three players – with Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford – to win four Olympic gold medals, captaining Canada to a dramatic gold in her last trip to the sporting showcase in 2014.

Manon Rhéaume – G (Lac-Beauport, Que.)

GP: 30 (5th) | W: 20 (5th) | GAA: 1.65 (7th) | SO: n/a

Best known her barrier-breaking stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning, with whom she became the first woman to play in an NHL preseason game in 1992, Manon Rhéaume was a stalwart between the pipes for Canada’s National Women’s Team through the 1990s. She made her international debut in 1992, just a few months before her historic NHL appearance, backstopping Canada to gold at the IIHF World Women’s Championship while earning a spot on the all-star team, and added a second gold and second all-star nod two years later. After missing the 1997 women’s worlds to play in the WCHL, Rhéaume returned to the national program in time for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, appearing in four games and helping Canada to a silver medal in what would be her international swansong.

France St-Louis – F (Laval, Que.)

GP: 65 (40th) | G: 21 (27th) | A: 29 (36th) | P: 50 (30th)

A cornerstone of the early editions of Canada’s National Women’s Team, France St-Louis donned the Maple Leaf at each of the first five IIHF World Women’s Championships, winning gold in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1999 to go along with a silver medal from the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. While she never failed to chip in offensively – the 2014 Order of Hockey in Canada honouree averaged more than a point per game at women’s worlds with 28 in 25 games – St-Louis was valued just as much for her leadership. She led by example as captain of Team Canada at the women’s worlds in 1992 and 1994 and was an important voice in the dressing room and on the ice even if there wasn’t a letter on her jersey.

Kim St-Pierre – D (Châteauguay, Que.)

GP: 83 (1st) | W: 64 (1st) | GAA: 1.17 (2nd) | SO: 29 (1st)

One of the greatest to ever strap on the pads, Kim St-Pierre is the gold standard by which all other goaltenders are measured in the women’s game. The first female netminder to earn induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame (as part of the Class of 2020), St-Pierre ranks at or near the top in every major statistical category with Canada’s National Women’s Team. She helped backstop Team Canada to three Olympic gold medals (including a 25-save performance to clinch Canada’s first gold in 2002) and five IIHF World Women’s Championship titles while earning her fair share of individual accolades; St-Pierre was named Top Goaltender and to the all-star team at the 2002 Olympics, was Top Goaltender at the 2001 and 2004 women’s worlds, and had another all-star nod at the 2007 world championship.

Vicky Sunohara – F (Scarborough, Ont.)

GP: 164 (8th) | G: 56 (9th) | A: 62 (13th) | P: 119 (9th)

What couldn’t Vicky Sunohara do? She was prolific in the offensive end (as evidenced by her 41 points in 40 games at the IIHF World Women’s Championship and her place in the top 10 of all-time Team Canada scoring), rock steady in the defensive end and a natural-born leader in the dressing room. From her first women’s worlds appearance in 1990 to her last in 2007, Sunohara helped Canada’s National Women’s Team to seven world titles, in addition to the three gold medals she brought home from the Olympic Winter Games. Not yet 20 years old when she broke out as a member of the ‘Kiddie Line’ at the first world championship in 1990, she became one of the veteran leaders of Team Canada, serving as an alternate captain at four women’s worlds and two Olympics.

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