Hockey Hero Brittany Fouracres and Her Great Multitude of Memorable Experiences
One of the McGill Martlets stars who grew up in Western Canada, defender Brittany Fouracres scored the greatest goal of her career at the 2014 Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championships. A double-overtime gold-medal clinching power play goal from Fouracres against the rival Montreal Carabins clinched the fourth national title in Martlets history.
For her efforts, Fouracres earned a nod on the 2014 CIS All-Tournament Team. After a visceral loss to the Carabins in the 2013 postseason, the opportunity for redemption was truly worth the wait.
“Last season, we won the league (regular season) but ended up with the bronze. There is nothing better than the national title. It was a great group of girls. Winning the gold meant a lot. It was a dream come true that I will remember forever. There was a great feeling of pride to represent the city of Montreal and our nation.”
Despite her heroics on the ice, she is a superstar off the ice as well. Majoring in Engineering, Fouracres is the true meaning of the term student-athlete. Balancing the demands of school with competing on a national powerhouse is one that required a certain sacrifice,
“I have spread out my degree from four to five years. With a reduced course load, I am using my time effectively.”
Prior to competing with the Martlets, Fouracres had some other memorable moments on the ice. Growing up in Calgary, she had the opportunity to be part of one of the great women’s hockey hotbeds in all of Canada. Among the highlights in her storied career included the opportunity to be part of the Alberta provincial team that competed at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
“Obviously, it was great to represent Alberta. It was special as the province hosted the event at the time. It was the biggest accomplishment I ever had, and to win 7-0, it was the icing on the cake.”
Another cherished moment in her career was the chance to play with her sister Brooke at the Alberta Winter Games. “The chance to play with my sister means a lot. We are only a year apart (in age) and we grew up with hockey. She is the reason I started. We played on outdoor rinks. We always complemented each other on forward and defense. Playing with her was truly an honor.”
Recruited for NCAA hockey, Fouracres had made the decision to stay in Canada for her university hockey. Considering that the province of Alberta has its fair share of nationally renowned programs including the Alberta Pandas and Calgary Dinos, Fouracres opted for McGill. She discussed her decision to go across the country and attend the renowned Montreal-based McGill University,
“It was spur of the moment. During my graduating class, I had made a commitment to the States. I wanted to stay in Canada. Academically, McGill was a great school and they had a hockey program too. This is the best team I could possibly play for.”