Tremendous milestone for Melodie Daoust as she scores her first goal with Team Canada

As one of only two women from Quebec to have played with the Canadian Under-18, Under-22 and Senior Teams, a September 20 match versus the South East Athletic Club Tigers on September 20 would represent a tremendous milestone in her storied career. Of the three goals scored in the first period of a 5-1 Canada win, Daoust would log a power play goal at the 17:01 mark to extend Canada’s lead to 3-0.

Image obtained from Twitter

Image obtained from Twitter

Assisting on her milestone goal were Meaghan Mikkelson and Lauriane Rougeau, who is the only other woman from Quebec to have played on Canada’s U18, U22 and Senior Teams. She would score another goal two games later in a 3-1 win over the Calgary Royals. Vicki Bendus and Jenelle Kohanchuk would assist on her goal in the first period which provided the Canadians with a 2-0 advantage. The following day, a September 26 win against the Calgary Northstars, she would score the first two goals of the game to set the tone as her squad rolled out to a 7-2 win.

As one of 15 forwards competing for 12 avaialble slots on Canada’s contingent that shall look for its fourth consecutive gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Daoust is aiming to be a part of the magnificent milestone. Of note, Daoust already had the opportunity to compete in Sochi. As part of a two-game exhibition series in the Russian resort town, she joined the Canadian contingent in Shayba Arena. In the first game, a 6-1 victory in which Natalie Spooner scored a hat trick, Daoust would earn an assists on a second period tally scored by Jocelyne Larocque.

Except for Brigitte Lacquette, Daoust is the youngest player at centralization, as well as being one of 10 players born in the 1990’s. Having debuted with the Senior Team at the 2011 Four Nations Cup, Daoust’s career has grown by a quantum leap since then. Competing with the McGill Martlets in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the dazzling Daoust is rewriting the CIS record books. The first player to win back-to-back Broderick Trophies (recognizing the most outstanding player in the CIS), she has accumulated an astounding 110 points in only two seasons with the Martlets.

Considering the way Amanda Kessel shredded the Canadian squad at the 2013 IIHF Women’s Worlds in Ottawa, Daoust may be the perfect rebuttal for the American superstar. Although she is still looking for her first point against the US in the pre-Olympic series, Daoust proudly represents the future, proving that Canada is still the gold standard in women’s hockey.