As the race for the coveted Clarkson Cup begins, two remarkable Montreal Star rookies are aspiring for the chance to compete in another race after season’s end, The Amazing Race.
Ann-Sophie Bettez and Cathy Chartrand are looking to build on the momentum of their sparkling rookie campaigns by auditioning for the Canadian version of The Amazing Race television program, following in the footsteps of other athletes that have participated in reality television, such as NFL players Marcus Pollard (Amazing Race US) and Gary Hogeboom (Survivor), tennis player Mark Philippoussis (Age of Love) and former NBA talent Eric Snow (Real Housewives of Atlanta)
The duo won't even be the first Montreal Stars players to be part of reality TV. Current teammates Jenny Lavigne and "Dangerous" Dominique Thibault were part of a hockey based reality program on Quebec TV called La Serie Montreal Quebec. The program paid tribute to the former rivalry between the Canadiens and Nordiques, and each squad featured two women playing among NHL alumni.
Two other amazing women, Bettez and Chartrand are looking to create their own television magic. Since the two played together for five years on the McGill Martlets, their teamwork and work ethic is almost symbiotic. Bettez graduated from McGill as the Martlets all-time scoring leader and was honored as the Brodrick Trophy winner. Chartrand was the CIS Tournament MVP in 2008 and the Martlets captain.
This season, the two have been key contributors to a Montreal Stars squad looking to win its third consecutive Clarkson Cup. Bettez has led all Canadian-born rookies in CWHL scoring, while Chartrand is the CWHL scoring leader among defenders. This season, Bettez had a league high 14-game scoring streak in which the Stars boasted a terrific mark of 10-3-1. When Chartrand has scored a goal this season, the Stars have gone 4-1.
Both are just as intelligent as they are talented on the frozen perimeter of the rink. Bettez graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree, while Chartrand currently works as a teacher. Their infectious smiles, coupled with a great motivation make them a tremendous team.
Should the pair help Montreal to a Clarkson Cup, it would only be fitting for a TV audience to catch up to what hockey fans already know; Bettez and Chartrand are the real deal.