Hockey Prodigy Melodie Daoust Proving That She Is Ready for Prime Time

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Hockey Prodigy Melodie Daoust Proving That She Is Ready for Prime Time
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By the end of the 2012-13 season, Melodie Daoust accumulated various accomplishments and accolades. In having been named to the Hockey Canada Centralization Roster for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Daoust is now ready for her close-up.

Among the impressive achievements this season, Daoust helped the Canadian Under-22/Development squad win gold for Canada at the 2013 Meco Cup.

With the McGill Martlets, she won the Canadian Interuniversity Sport scoring title, the Brodrick Trophy, and a nomination for the BLG Award (given to the Most Outstanding Male and Female Athlete in CIS).

With the invitation to the Centralization Roster, Melodie Daoust is on the verge of creating women’s hockey history.

Should Daoust remain part of the roster for the 2013 Four Nations Cup (held in November), she will become the first women’s hockey players from Quebec to have competed on Canada’s Under-18, Under-22 and Senior teams.

Women’s hockey fans in Quebec are eager for the opportunity so that they can see Caroline Ouellette (the first player from Quebec to appear in 200 games with the Canadian National Team) and Daoust play together. Having played with Quebec women’s hockey legends like Nancy Drolet, Danielle Goyette and France St. Louis, Ouellette is the bridge for the new generation of women’s hockey stars emanating from Quebec.

In addition, Ouellette and Daoust playing together would be the opportunity to witness the passing of the torch in Quebec women’s hockey circles. To see the two grace the ice would have the same impact as Quebec hockey legends Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur playing together. 

With Canada having named 15 forwards to the Centralization Roster, only eight played at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. The amount of new faces means that Daoust has a remarkable opportunity to qualify for the final roster that will compete at Sochi 2014.

After Canada lost to the United States on home soil at the 2013 IIHF Women’s Worlds, a real lack of offense was the culprit. With the US featuring young stars such as Amanda Kessel, Brianna Decker and Alex Carpenter, Daoust is not only the rebuttal to the American youth movement, but may serve as the catalyst for Canada’s offense.

As a member of the Canadian Under-18 roster that claimed its first ever gold at the 2010 IIHF Under-18 Women’s Worlds, Daoust would have the chance to accomplish another rare feat. Of all the players from that roster, none have had the opportunity to participate in the Winter Games for Canada.

Should Daoust qualify for the final roster that will compete at Sochi 2014 (and win the gold), it would serve as a historic book end to a remarkable four-year span. 

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