Victoria Gouge Ready for Leadership Role in Senior Year with Carleton Ravens

Mark StaffieriContributor IIFebruary 22, 2013

Photo by Mark Staffieri
Photo by Mark Staffieri

As one of the leading scorers for the Carleton Ravens, Victoria Gouge is an impact player. Entering the 2013-14 season, she will be in her final season with the Ravens, making her one of the program’s leaders. Despite her success, she is quick to acknowledge the contributions of her linemates, “I play on a line with Kelsey Vander Veen and Sadie Wegner.”

Her strong season with the Ravens definitely puts her in the consideration for a spot on the Canadian roster that will compete at the 2013 World Winter University Games in Trentino, Italy. “That would be amazing to wear the Canadian jersey.”

While Gouge sees herself as a leader, she acknowledges the competitive nature of playing in the same league with nationally ranked teams such as the McGill Martlets and the Montreal Carabins. “I think so, but our league (RSEQ) is tough.”

The decision to come to Carleton back in 2008 was impacted by a friend, “My best friend was coming here for their journalism program. My cousin Laura Jackson, also played for Carleton.”

With a PWHL career that included a tenure with the Brampton Jr. Thunder and the Oakville Ice, one of her current Carleton teammates were be involved in a play that the two can laugh about now.

Ravens captain Blaire MacDonald was skating for the Jr. Thunder. Against Gouge and her Oakville Ice teammates, the contest held a remarkable intensity. “It was our last game of the year. I played for Oakville and she tripped me. There was no call of any kind. It was awful,” laughed Gouge.

For Gouge, the move to the Oakville Ice was of great benefit to her, “I was pretty young. Oakville was better for me when I moved there. The coach let me play my game.”

While she played at Oakville, fellow teammate Erin Beaver would join her on the Ravens. Both standing at 5’11”, the two are an imposing pair on the ice. Patrolling the Ravens blue line, Erin Beaver is more than a teammate, she is also a friend. “She is awesome. Erin and I are good friends. It was nice knowing someone coming onto the team. We are going into our fifth year together and I am glad she will be a part of it.”

The statuesque Gouge found influence in a former National Hockey League great. “I was influenced by Keith Primeau, the former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers. My mom was a huge Flyers fan. He was big and strong like me. I copied a lot of his moves,” joked Gouge.

Having grown up in Brampton, Ontario, Gouge also found some female hockey heroes to look up to; the CWHL’s Brampton Thunder. “The coaches would take us out to games. There were national players on the team so it was cool to see them.”

One of those players that entertained her was Jayna Hefford. Still with the national team (and the Thunder), Hefford was at Carleton University to participate in the 2013 Canadian National Winter Training Camp. “It is great for her that she is still on the team!”

In addition to the presence of the Canadian national women’s team, another group of elite hockey players graced the ice at Carleton University. During the NHL lockout, several members of the Ottawa Senators employed the practice facilities. With Gouge and her teammates, the opportunity to see the Senators in action quickly became an inside joke, “Oh look, there’s Daniel Alfredsson again.”

Along with Kelsey Vander Veen, the two work as security guards for the university. Both have aspiring careers in law enforcement, and the essence of teamwork is very evident in their chosen field, “I really like it. It feels like a team. Our colleagues, the people we work with, it almost the same as hockey. It’s nice.”

All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise indicated