Thursday, 20 February 2014

Gold medal nets goaltender Genevieve Lacasse membership in Triple Gold Club

One of the most talented goaltenders under 25 years of age in women’s hockey, Genevieve Lacasse can certainly be classified as an international superstar in waiting. Her involvement as a member for Team Canada in a gold medal effort at the Sochi Winter Games served as the final piece towards membership into the Triple Gold Club.

The last three years have netted Lacasse all the components necessary to become only the second goaltender admitted into the exclusive Club, the first being fellow Canadian, Kim St. Pierre. Beginning in 2012 as a member of the Canadian contingent that claimed the gold at the IIHF Women’s Worlds in Burlington, Vermont, Lacasse would follow it up one year later with a memorable performance in Markham, Ontario.

Standing between the pipes for the Boston Blades, Lacasse would backstop the black and gold to their first-ever Clarkson Cup championship. The experience was enhanced by the fact that she was the first rookie goaltender to win the Clarkson, along with proudly winning the 2012-13 CWHL goaltending title.

Despite serving in a backup capacity to the likes of Charline Labonte and Shannon Szabados in Sochi, the opportunity to be part of the world’s biggest sporting event is testament to her remarkable talent. Having rewritten the record books with the Providence Friars in the NCAA and then proving her ability to compete with the world’s finest at the CWHL level, Lacasse has already forged an incredible legacy.

While she was one of many Winter Games rookies for the Canadian team, alongside the likes of Melodie Daoust, Brianne Jenner, Natalie Spooner and Jenn Wakefield, the experience gained at such a prominent event will only inspire her to be an even better player. As Sochi certainly signified a transition for the national team, considering the involvement of so many new faces, the future is definitely in good hands with the notion of Lacasse standing between the pipes in the future.

Having also contributed to Team Canada championships at the Under-22 level in years past, Lacasse is ready to blossom into the next great Canadian goaltending superstar, eager to follow in the strong goaltending legacy of predecessors such as Kim St. Pierre. While Lacasse will have to wait four more years to net some more ice time at the Winter Games, Canadian fans can agree it will be well worth the wait. 

First image obtained from: http://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Team-Canada/Women/Olympics/2014/Downloads/Desktops 

Second image credited to: Martin Rose/Getty Images Europe

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