Ann-Renée Desbiens

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Ann-Renee Desbiens playing for Team Canada in 2017
Born (1994-04-10) April 10, 1994 (age 29)
La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb; 11 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
PWHL team
Former teams
PWHL Montreal
PWHPA Minnesota
Wisconsin Badgers
Montréal Stars
National team  Canada
Playing career 2013–present
Medal record
Women's ice hockey
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2022 Beijing Team
Silver medal – second place 2018 Pyeongchang Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2021 Canada
Gold medal – first place 2022 Denmark
Silver medal – second place 2015 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 2023 Canada

Ann-Renée Desbiens (born April 10, 1994) is a Canadian ice hockey goaltender for PWHL Montreal and member of the Canada women's national ice hockey team.

She participated at the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship,[1] the 2018 Winter Olympics.[2], the 2021 IIHF Women's World Championship, the 2022 Winter Olympics, and the 2022 IIHF Women's World Championship.

Playing career[edit]

Desbiens was the first female player drafted to the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League, the second-highest men's junior league in Québec after the QMJHL. She was selected by the Loups de La Tuque but was cut before ever playing a game because the coach didn't believe there was any point in developing girls.[3] That same year, she participated in the Shawinigan Cataractes training camp.[4]

She made one playoff appearance for the Montréal Stars of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) in 2012, as the team won the Clarkson Cup.

NCAA[edit]

In 2013, she was offered a scholarship to play at the University of Wisconsin in the NCAA, despite not being fluent in English. Across four years with the Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey program, she led the team to four Frozen Four appearances, tallied 99 wins in 122 games, and set several individual records, including highest career save percentage (SV%), at .963, and lowest goals against average (GAA), with 0.71.

During her senior year, on November 6, 2016, Desbiens broke Noora Räty's record for most NCAA career shutouts of any gender. In a 6–0 shutout victory against the Bemidji State Beavers, Desbiens would log career shutout number 44.[5] At the end of her senior year, Desbiens was awarded the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female college ice hockey player in the United States.[6]

Desbiens was the first Canadian selected at the 2016 NWHL Draft, chosen in the first round, fourth overall by the Boston Pride.[7][8][9] As of 2021, she has not appeared with the team nor made any indication of interest in playing in the NWHL.

After the 2018 Olympics, during the 2018-19 season, Desbiens took a break from hockey, citing exhaustion and the uncertainty of options to play professionally.[10][11] In May 2019, she returned to hockey by joining the PWHPA.

In the 2019–20 season, Desbiens appeared for the Fond du Lac Bears in the Great Lakes Hockey League, an elite men's amateur league. She also participated in the women's ice hockey showcase at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, making 15 saves as the Canadian All-Stars beat the American All-Stars.[12]

PWHPA[edit]

Standing between the pipes for Team Bauer (Montreal) in the 2021 Secret Cup, which was the Canadian leg of the 2020–21 PWHPA Dream Gap Tour, Ann-Renee Desbiens registered 19 saves in a 4-2 championship game win over Team Sonnet (Toronto).[13]

PWHL[edit]

In 2023, the PWHPA and the rival Premier Hockey Federation consolidated into the new Professional Women's Hockey League.[14] With each of the six new teams able to make three initial free agency signings, Desbiens was widely assessed as a probable signing by the new PWHL Montreal.[15][16][17] On September 5, she was reported as one of Montreal team's first three players, alongside Team Canada teammates Marie-Philip Poulin and Laura Stacey.[18]

International play[edit]

Desbiens was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship, where she guided Canada to a silver medal.[2] She was also selected to play for Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where she again won a silver medal.[2]

On January 11, 2022, Desbiens was named to Canada's 2022 Olympic team.[19][20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Desbiens has a master's degree in accounting.[22][23] She has named NHL goaltender Patrick Roy as a role model, her family being supporters of the Quebec Nordiques and then the Colorado Avalanche.[24]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • WCHA Player of the Week (Recognized for games of November 4–6, 2016) [25]
  • 2016 WCHA Player of the Year [26]
  • WCHA Offensive Player of the Month, January 2017[27]
  • WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Week of February 14, 2017) [28]
  • 2016-17 AHCA-CCM Women's University Division I All-American [29]
  • 2017 Patty Kazmaier Award winner[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2011–12 Montréal Stars CWHL 1 1 0 0 3.00 .000
2013–14 University of Wisconsin WCHA 12 11 1 0 677 12 3 1.06 .957
2014–15 University of Wisconsin WCHA 37 26 7 4 2236 43 14 1.15 .941
2015–16 University of Wisconsin WCHA 38 33 4 1 2279 29 21 0.76 .960
2016–17 University of Wisconsin WCHA 35 29 2 4 2110 25 17 0.71 .963
2019–20 Fond du Lac Bears GJHL 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 .960
2019–20 Montréal PWHPA
2020–21 Montréal PWHPA
NCAA totals 122 99 14 9 7304 109 55 0.90 .955

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2008 Canada U18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3 2 1 0 179 5 1 1.67 .900
2015 Canada WC 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3 2 0 0 140 4 3 1.71 .931
2018 Canada OG 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1 1 0 0 60 0 1 0.00 1.000
2021 Canada WC 1st place, gold medalist(s) 5 5 0 0 307 7 1 1.37 .908
2022 Canada OG 1st place, gold medalist(s) 5 5 0 0 300 9 0 1.80 .940
Junior totals 3 2 1 0 179 5 1 1.67 .900
Senior totals 14 14 0 0 807 20 5 1.49 .930

Sources: EliteProspects, University of Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Bears

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Shircliff, Elaine (September 1, 2016). "Meet the 2016 Boston Pride Draftees". The Hockey Writers. Archived from the original on April 18, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
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  11. ^ Rioux, Benoît (November 28, 2019). "Ann-Renée Desbiens : la "barbare" de La Malbaie". Le Journal de Montréal. Archived from the original on December 23, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
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  13. ^ "Team Bauer beats Team Sonnet to win Canadian leg of PWHPA Secret Dream Gap Tour". sportsnet.ca. May 30, 2021. Archived from the original on June 24, 2021. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  14. ^ Wawrow, John (July 4, 2023). "'Years in the making': Marie-Philip Poulin ready to start new women's hockey league". CBC Sports. Archived from the original on August 30, 2023. Retrieved September 5, 2023.
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  18. ^ "Marie-Philip Poulin to sign with PWHL Montreal, Sarah Nurse to join Toronto". Sportsnet. September 5, 2023. Archived from the original on September 6, 2023. Retrieved September 5, 2023.
  19. ^ Awad, Brandi (January 11, 2022). "Team Canada's women's hockey roster revealed for Beijing 2022". Canadian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on January 22, 2022. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
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  21. ^ "2022 Olympic Winter Games (Women)". www.hockeycanada.ca/. Hockey Canada. January 11, 2022. Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
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  26. ^ "WCHA ANNOUNCES 2015–16 POSTSEASON AWARDS". WCHA.com. March 3, 2016. Archived from the original on November 26, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  27. ^ "UMD's Stalder, UW's Desbiens And OSU's Dunne Named WCHA Women's Players of the Month". WCHA ice hockey. February 3, 2017. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Patty Kazmaier Award
2016–17
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