| Date of Birth:
December 14, 1978
Place of Birth: Chateauguay, QC
Years on National Team:
Weight: 150 lbs
It turns out Quebec's amazing ability to churn out a steady flow of awesome goaltenders is not restricted only to the men's game. For some time, the women netminders coming out of La Belle Province have been great as well, and Chateauguay's Kim St. Pierre is no exception.
Recruited to the national team in 1998, St. Pierre has been a mainstay ever since. She was a key member of the gold-medal winning World Championship teams in 1999, 2000, 2001 and. In both 2001 and 2004, she was named the top goalie at the World tournament.
However, it was St. Pierre's play at the 2002 Olympics that really separated her from her goaltending peers. She won all four of the games she started, stopping 73 of 78 shots for a sensational goals-against-average of 1.25. In the gold medal game against their bitter rivals, the Americans - a team which at the time had beaten Canada in eight straight contests -, St. Pierre stood on her head as she made numerous outstanding saves, leading the Canucks to a hard-fought 3-2 win.
When not playing for the national team, St. Pierre studied Kinesiology at McGill University where she played five years for the women's team. She made history on November 15, 2003, becoming the first women to win a CIS men's game as she backstopped the men's Redmen squad to a 5-2 win over Ryerson University.
Her father, Andre, played hockey for Omaha in the Central League. As good a hockey player as the 27-year-old athlete is, it should also be noted that her softball skills have been good enough to land her on Quebec's provincial softball team in the past.
Since the beginning of August, the Canadian women's team has been based out of Calgary as they prepare for the upcoming games. Recent results, including a dominating performance at a tournament at the Palasport Olipico in Turin - site of the men's and women's hockey competition at the upcoming games - bodes well for Team Canada. St. Pierre logged a pair of shutouts, 5-0 and 7-0, against USA in the tournament and figures to be ensconced at the top of the goaltending depth chart in Turin.
2006 Hockey Coverage