Road to PyeongChang: Ann-Renée Desbiens
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Road to PyeongChang: Ann-Renée Desbiens
A closer look at the goaltender from La Malbaie, Que., centralized with Canada’s National Women’s Team
Jason La Rose
August 12, 2017

Position: Goaltender
Hometown: La Malbaie, Que.
Birthdate: April 10, 1994
Club Team: University of Wisconsin (WCHA)

Road to Centralization
2001-02: Tigres de Clermont (Novice B)
2002-03: Faucons de Clermont (Atom B)
2003-04: Clermont (Atom A)
2004-05: Caribous de Charlevoix (Atom BB)
2005-07: Rorquals de Charlevoix (Peewee CC)
2007-08: Rorquals de Charelvoix (Bantam CC)
2008-09: Seigneurs de Beaubourg (Bantam AA)
2009-10: Typhon de Québec (Midget Espoir)
2010-12: Seigneurs de Beaubourg (Midget AA)
2012-13: Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy/Sillery (Junior AA)
2013-17: University of Wisconsin (WCHA)

Team Canada Experience
International debut: August 18, 2010 vs. United States
Canada’s National Women’s Team (2015-16): 4GP 2-0-0 1.62GAA 2SO
Canada’s National Women’s Development Team (2012-16): 6GP 3-3-0 2.03 GAA 2SO
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team (2010-11): 5GP 2-3-0 2.68GAA 1SO

Olympic & World Championship Experience
2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 2-0-0 1.71GAA 2SO (silver medal)
2011 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship – 2-1-0 1.67GAA 1SO (silver medal)

Who has played the biggest role in getting you to centralization?
“My parents. Growing up I had to travel an hour-and-a-half to go to practice since I was nine or 10. They would drive me to practice twice a week, and then the games on the weekend were at least an hour-and-a-half away, sometimes six hours. I don’t want to call them sacrifices, but it was the choices they made that helped me get here.”

When did you decide you wanted to play for Team Canada?
“It was my first year of U18s. I played [with the] boys growing up, so I didn’t know how good I was among girls until I got to play with girls. I made Team Quebec [for the National Women’s Under-18 Championship], and then I was invited to [National Women’s Under-18 Team selection] camp when I was 16 and I made the team. You see the Olympics on TV and you definitely want to be there, but you don’t really realize it until you get to those younger camps that if you keep pushing you have a chance at the senior level. That’s probably when it first started.”

What is the most important thing hockey has given you?
“There are a lot of good answers to that. I would say a lot of skills that I can apply in life, things like time management and discipline. If you’re not disciplined and you don’t know how to manage your time, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not get where you want to go. I would say those are the big two I can take away and use later in life.”

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)


2018 WU18 Series: USA 2 – CAN 1 OT (Game 1)
Guay scored and Kirk made 29 saves, but Canada was edged in overtime.
2018 NWDT Series: USA 4 – CAN 1 (Game 1)
Shirley scored the lone goal as Canada dropped the NWDT series opener.
2018 NWDT Camp: BLK 4 – GLD 3
Potomak had a goal and two assists to help Black win the NWDT finale.
2018 WU18 Camp: RED 2 – WHT 1 (Intrasquad)
Snow and Trevors scored to lead Red to victory in the camp finale.