In the growing history of Canadian women’s hockey, Quebec is one of the most prolific provinces for supplying talent. Spanning over several decades, the rich history of women’s ice hockey in Quebec features some of the most legendary players to have participated in the game.
One of the elite leagues in Canadian women’s hockey was the League Régionale du Hockey au Féminin in Québec. During the 1980s and 1990s, the league would develop many players that would represent Quebec at the Esso Women’s Nationals. That early era introduced the rest of Canada to living legends such as Nancy Drolet, France St. Louis (a former Quebec athlete of the decade), and Therese Brisson (a member of Concordia University’s Sports Hall of Fame).
While the Winter Games helped bring awareness to the women’s game, heroes such as Caroline Ouellette and Marie-Philip Poulin made many Canadian hockey fans' golden dreams come true. Ouellette would score the gold medal winning goal at Torino 2006, while Marie-Philip Poulin scored at Vancouver 2010.
The 2000s brought professional women’s hockey to Quebec with the Montreal Wingstar (later renamed the Montreal Axion). The birth of the Canadian Women’s Hockey List, brought the Montreal Stars, and with it, the first dynasty in modern Canadian women’s hockey. Led by captain Lisa-Marie Breton, the Stars won the first Clarkson Cup.
Collegiate hockey soon took notice of the quality of women’s hockey in Quebec. Although players such as Sabrina Harbec, Jesse Scanzano and Dominique Thibault did not make this list, their great contributions to NCAA hockey are legendary. McGill University in Montreal boasts one of the greatest women’s ice hockey teams, with a winning streak that lasted over 100 games. In acknowledging the impact of Quebec in Canadian women’s hockey, here is a list of the 10 Greatest Players Ever.