Stars rookie sensation Stacie Tardif exemplifies the spirit of the holidays

For the second consecutive season, the Montreal Stars participated in the Old Brewery Mission’s Christmas party. Joining the worthy cause was former McGill Martlets’ defensive stalwart and current Stars rookie Stacie Tardif. Raised in the Montreal suburb of Ste. Anne de Bellevue, she follows in the long line of homegrown women’s hockey talent that has suited up for the proud Stars franchise.

Founded in 1889, the Old Brewery Mission started as a soup kitchen. Over the decades, the Mission has increased its scope to help the homeless. With a variety of programs and services (including emergency, counseling and housing), the holiday event included the distribution of warm clothes and food.

Joined by Stars volunteer Fiona Robinson, this dynamic duo helped bring comfort and aid to those in need. With an uplifting smile, Tardif made her teammates proud by providing an inspiring speech to those in attendance. Her efforts exemplify how so many in the CWHL believe in giving back to the community, providing off-ice heroics that carry great meaning.

Volunteering at the Old Brewery Mission holiday event (Photo credit: Jess Desjardins)

Volunteering at the Old Brewery Mission holiday event (Photo credit: Jess Desjardins)

Ironically, Tardif almost never suited up for the Stars this season. She was allowed to join Stars training camp after a late draft resignation granted by CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress. Having suited up for the Martlets in seasons’ past with current Stars competitors Ann-Sophie Bettez, Alyssa Cecere, Cathy Chartrand, Vinny Davidson and Carly Hill, she has been a perfect fit for the club.

Having made her CWHL debut on November 9, the Stars have enjoyed a 6-1-1 win-loss mark when she is in the lineup. Having also played for the famed Dawson College program prior to her collegiate and CWHL career, Tardif is a fundamentally sound player who knows what it takes to succeed.

Donning the number 2 that she also wore as a QSSF Second Team All-Star with McGill, her first career point would come in her fourth appearance in a Stars jersey, a 4-0 blanking of the Brampton Thunder. Tardif assisted on the first goal of the game, a power-play marker by Dangerous Dominique Thibault. It would prove to be the first in a game of many milestones as former CIS rival Emilie Bocchia logged her first career goal while Meghan Corley-Byrne registered a shutout in her CWHL debut.

As Tardif works towards providing the Stars with Clarkson Cup redemption after a visceral loss in 2013, she is a hockey humanitarian employing a team-first approach. The maturity and leadership she displayed during the Old Brewery Mission event proves that the Stars have a gem in Tardif.

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