In the modern history of hockey, no other region has produced as many top quality goaltenders (female and male) as Quebec. Carrying on in this proud tradition is teen phenom Maude Trevisan, whose heroics builds on the legacy of names such as Rheaume, St. Pierre, Labonte and Desbiens.
Having starred over the last few seasons at the CEGEP level with Les Patriotes de St. Laurent, playing for head coach Marie-Claude Roy and goaltending coach Catherine Herron (whose uncle played at the NHL level), the 2015-16 season may have served as Trevisan’s coming-out party. As the last line of defense for Les Patriotes, she has helped maintain the status of the program as a perpetual powerhouse in provincial play. Subsequently, she was also recognized with one of the most prestigious prizes in Quebec amateur sport.
Adding to her growing legacy is the fact that she has stood between the pipes for the Quebec Under-18 provincial team. Competing with Team Quebec at the Canada Winter Games in 2015, a quadrennial event that showcases some of the country’s finest talent, Trevisan emerged as a folk hero for her efforts between the pipes, going undefeated with a 5-0 mark, as Quebec captured the gold medal in women’s ice hockey.
“Winning the gold medal wasn’t what made the Canada Winter Games special for me. Overcoming the fact that my journey to make the team was filled with ups and downs (I got cut twice prior to making the team). Also, The Games made me realized that I want to be a committed athlete to my sport. Finally, winning the Canada Winter Games was more than just a gold medal, it was the result of each player, coach, trainer and everyone that ever has contributed to make the program excel, by putting their efforts together to achieve our goals.”
The luster of Canada Winter Games gold was only enhanced by Trevisan shining on another significant stage in women’s ice hockey. With Les Patriotes, Trevisan experienced the jubilation of victory at La Coupe Dodge in 2015, where elites of junior women’s ice hockey in Quebec battle for on-ice supremacy. Complemented by the high scoring Alexandra Labelle’s efforts, they were essential in leading the way for a solid performance at La Coupe, defeating the Dawson Blues and Cegep Limoilou Titans. As a side note, Trevisan has also won championships at the Midget AAA level in 2013 and 2014,
With the potential for an even brighter and prosperous future, Trevisan was rewarded for her remarkable on-ice successes in May 2016 with Le Prix Maurice, the most prestigious prize of the 43rd Gala Sports Quebec. Recognized in the category of Athlete in a Canadian Sport Group Level, she had the honor bestowed upon her at Montreal’s iconic Olympic Park.
Undoubtedly, Le Prix has transformed her into a celerated figure in the provincial hockey and sporting landscape. Named after the immortal Rocket Richard, the honor of Le Prix Maurice has confirmed her superstar status, a victorious gratification in a career filled with promise,
“Winning the Prix Maurice meant that people part of the sport community knew and recognized the achievement of our team. It was encouraging because it proved that I made the right choices and my efforts didn’t go unnoticed.”
During this past offseason, Trevisan was one of six goaltenders, including Limoilou rival Marie-Pier Coulombe, that were invited to Hockey Canada’s Summer Strength and Conditioning Camp Roster. Trevisan would follow it up as one of the invitees to Hockey Canada’s Goaltending Camp Roster, which featured former Coupe Dodge participant Roxanne Douville as one of the camp’s coaches.
As the onset of university hockey looms, allowing for more heroics to come, In discussing the most important element to such superlative success, Trevisan sums it up in one meaningful word,
“Humility. I think that when things were not going very well, I looked at myself instead of blaming other people for my defeats. Also, when things are going very well, remembering that hockey is a team sport so the victories are not the story of one person. Humility includes being grateful (and) thankful towards the people who surround us like our coaches, our trainers and our teammates, because they make us better every single day.”
“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”
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