As one of the elite defenders in the CWHL, Carly Dupont-Hill has also established herself as a role model in the Montreal area. The Montreal Stars defensive stalwart has proudly followed in the proud tradition of other remarkable Stars like Liz Breton and Caroline Ouellette in giving back to the community.
Among one of the events she was involved with over the summer of 2013 was the Five Hole for Food Event in Montreal. Founded by Ryan Loat in Vancouver, it has grown into a coast-to-coast event. Charitable ball hockey games are played in an effort to obtain donations of non-perishable food items that can then be distributed to local food banks.
On July 9, Dupont-Hill was glad to lend her time for the cause at Place du Canada. With the beneficiary being Moisson Montreal, she proudly represented the Stars organization.
While she is also a recreational soccer player during the summer months, she still found time to grace the ice. Mentoring the next generation of women’s hockey stars at the Fast and Furious Day for Girls Hockey, she was joined by 2013 CWHL Rookie of the Year, Ann-Sophie Bettez. Of note, both were teammates with the McGill Martlets at the university level. For the youngsters who had the opportunity to learn from them, it was an event that shall positively shape their growing careers.
Another summer event for Dupont-Hill included the Play It Forward Kids ball hockey tournament. Organized by the Greenfield Park Pentecostal Church and South Shore Community Church, with sponsorship by Mullins Sports, the goal is to help raise money in order to buy sports equipment for underprivileged children.
Her off-ice leadership will be crucial heading into the Stars 2013-14 campaign. With a roster decimated by the loss of nine Stars to the US and Canadian Centralization Camps (in anticipation for Sochi 2014), another run at the Clarkson Cup will require a strong presence on the part of the remaining veterans.
Although she is only in her third season, Dupont-Hill is one of the more experienced defenders on the Stars. She will be counted upon to remain a key contributor on special teams, where she led the team with 9 power play assists last season. Along with Cathy Chartrand, the CWHL scoring champion among defenders in 2013, the two are a dynamic duo on the blueline.
One of the top leaders last season in plus/minus ranking, Dupont-Hill can expect her ice time to increase with the absence of Stars defender Catherine Ward at Canada’s centralization. As a side note, Dupont-Hill has experienced her own glories as part of Team Canada. When the World Winter University Games adopted women’s hockey as a competitive sport in 2009, Hill proudly donned the Maple Leaf on her sweater. Part of the Canadian contingent that would win gold again in 2011, it remains one of the greatest accomplishments in her storied career.
While the Stars have replenished their roster with a solid 2013 CWHL Draft, one pick that will certainly benefit from Dupont-Hill’s expertise is Laurie Proulx-Duperre. As a 5’10” blueliner from Concordia University, the 24 year-old should definitely see her game improve.
Embodying the values of professionalism and dedication, Dupont-Hill will likely be a positive influence for many other rookies donning the Stars jersey this upcoming season. Considering the possibility of parity which many define said season, the contributions of players like Dupont-Hill could emerge as the difference between winning and losing.