One of seven members on the Carabins roster that previously competed at the College Edouard-Montpetit, Sophie Brault is a fundamentally sound player whose presence on the blueline was crucial towards becoming a national championship contender. Majoring in administration, the resident of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu accumulated 6 points during the past season. Her best performance was a two-point output against the Carleton Ravens on February 14.
Employing a team-first approach complemented by maturity, Brault is a model teammate determined to help her team win. It is an element that shall be greatly missed by the Carabins heading into the upcoming 2014-15 season, as Brault moves on to the next chapter in her life.
Had Brault opted to stay for a fifth season, she would have been part of a senior class in 2015 that will include fellow blueliners Janique Duval and Elizabeth Mantha, along with forwards Audrey Fortin and Josiane Legault. Of note, Duval and Fortin also played with Brault at College Edouard-Montpetit. As the Carabins work towards winning it all in 2015, Brault’s impact shall be missed.
Having enjoyed a sterling career with the Carabins, Brault has played in three consecutive CIS National Championship games. During this remarkable run for the program, Brault certainly praises the efforts of head coach Isabelle Leclaire, the first female coach to win the Clarkson Cup and the CIS National title. Leclaire’s experience, patience and acumen has helped transform the Carabins into a national power,
“She (Leclaire) has been there since the beginning of our program. She has so much confidence and so many qualifications. She is able to analyze other teams and provide a game plan that helps us win.”
While the opportunity to play for Leclaire has produced its share of memorable moments for Brault, the opportunity to don the Canadian jersey has produced another series of memorable moments. Said moments culminated with Brault earning the opportunity to win the gold medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2013 Winter Universiade
“It was a great opportunity to play with the best players in the country. It was a very important event in my career and I was proud to play with the best. It was an experience that I will never forget.”
Three other members of the Carabins, Kim Deschenes, Josiane Legault and Elodie Rousseau-Sirios joined Brault on the Canadian contingent. Their presence was essential as Canada went undefeated on the path towards a third consecutive gold medal. Being able to share in the golden glory with her Carabins teammates only added to the jubilation.
“The players (on the Carabins) are so close. To share in something that we all wanted to be a part of (was great). We have played together for so many years.”
Besides the opportunity to claim the gold medal on one of the biggest sporting stages in the world, another unique aspect for Brault was the chance to call CIS players from other parts of the country as teammates. An eager student of the game, Brault benefited from seeing how players from other conferences approached competing,
“In playing with members from other parts of the country, you learn many other things about the game. Everyone from our team benefits from it.”
Although the 2014 edition of the CIS Nationals resulted in a silver medal finish for Brault, the pride of having competed in three consecutive national championship games is testament to the strong commitment the Carabins have towards quality hockey. While Brault would love to finish her CIS career in 2015 with a title, she still reflects on the 2013 national championship with a great sense of accomplishment,
“I still don’t believe it. Others congratulate us and we realize it is a huge accomplishment. Even now, it is still hard to put it into words. There are only good emotions.”
“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”
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