Having established herself as one of the world’s finest competitors in Red Bull Crashed Ice, Fannie Desforges is extending her status as a two-sport star to the frozen perimeter of the CWHL. The Red Bull Crashed Ice world champion in 2012, she would finish the 2013 competition in third place. Ironically, her newest teammate on the Montreal Stars, Dominqiue Thibault, would claim the world title in 2013.
A December 1 road contest against the Brampton Thunder would provide Desforges with an early holiday gift. Earning an assist on Cathy Chartrand’s shorthanded goal, it would be the first point in what will hopefully emerge as the beginning of a storied career.
With Marieve Provost serving a penalty for hooking (one of ten total penalties in an unruly second), Desforges and Carly Dupont-Hill set up Chartrand for a short-handed tally at the 18:16 mark of the second stanza. Said goal would provide Montreal with its second lead of the game.
Although Brampton would eventually tie the contest and prevail in a shootout, earning the first point is a milestone in any player’s career. Considering the number of rookies this season, there shall be many more milestones to come. Of note, Desforges will now be aiming for her first career goal in a series with the Calgary Inferno on December 14 and 15.
Selected in the seventh round of the 2013 CWHL Draft, the first assist is a tremendous confidence booster for the dynamic Desforges. Having had a stellar career with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, where she served as captain, her leadership skills shall be essential for a Montreal team looking to redeem itself after a shocking Clarkson Cup loss in March.
Through the first five games of her career, Desforges has provided the red, white and blue with solid disciplined play. Having only served two penalty minutes, her play is complemented by a +2 rating. As the Stars have over 10 rookies on the team, the chemistry should only improve heading into the new year. Should Desforges return to her point per game clip that made her such a competitor in CIS play, it will benefit everyone on the new-look Stars.