ST-PIERRE RETURNS AFTER HIATUS - OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST BACK FROM SON’S BIRTH

Posted by Amey Doyle on October 25, 2012
ST-PIERRE RETURNS AFTER HIATUS - OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST BACK FROM SON’S BIRTH

A great article found in the Montreal Gazette by Pat Hickey written about DHD Goalie Coach Kim St-Pierre.

 

Kim St-Pierre has been away from hockey for 18 months, but she hasn't lost any of her competitive drive.

St-Pierre, who took time off to give birth to her son, has returned to the Montreal Stars, whose talent-laden lineup includes two other top goaltenders - Charline Labonté and Jenny Lavigne.

"It's his problem," St-Pierre said when asked how head coach Patrick Rankine would divide the workload. "Charlie's finished at McGill and Jenny played so well last year. I think any of us could do the job, and the coach told us that whoever plays the best gets the net.

"I know Jenny's working at a full-time job and I'm a full-time mom," St-Pierre added, "so I don't know what's going to happen, but I know that I'm here to play and not to watch in the stands or sit on the bench. I'm as competitive as I was before."

That competitiveness has allowed St-Pierre to put together one of the most impressive résumés in women's hockey. She won Olympic gold in Salt Lake City (2002), Turin (2006) and Vancouver (2010). She has also been a part of five world championship victories and was the runner-up on four other occasions.

A McGill graduate, St-Pierre helped establish the Martlets as one of the top programs at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport level and she made history in 2003 when she played for the McGill men's team, posting a 5-2 win over Ryerson.

St-Pierre said she has had to make some adjustments after her son, Liam Goudreau, was born eight months ago.

"I manage," St-Pierre said when asked about balancing motherhood and hockey. "Sometimes my mom's coming to help, sometimes (teammate Caroline Ouellette's) mom is doing it, and sometimes my boyfriend (former McGill hockey player and movie producer Lenny-Jo Goudreau) comes to watch the game with the baby. There's always someone who volunteers, and I'm glad to have so many friends who help me. I have to find ways or I'd always stay at home."

St-Pierre has been on a crash course to get ready for this weekend's start to the Canadian Women's Hockey League season.

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