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Chris Pellerin will be inducted into the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s (OCAA) Hall of Fame this May. Chris is a graduate of Canadore’s Recreation and Leadership program and played forward for the Canadore Kittens women’s hockey team in the 1970s and 80s.
Christine Pellerin was an OCAA All-Star in 1984-85 and 1985-86 when she led her team in goals and total points in both seasons. She was also named Canadore Athlete of the Year for 1984-85 and 1985-86. After Canadore, Pellerin moved to Toronto for further education at Seneca College. While attending Seneca she played for the Mississauga Warriors, a women’s Senior A team. “I was in awe when I first stepped on the ice but after a few body checks and goals I felt at home.”
In 1987 Pellerin played for Team Ontario in the first ever World Hockey Tournament. That same year, Pellerin also played in the first Women’s Canadian Ball Hockey Tournament in Calgary with her team, the Toronto Canadiana Cougars, taking gold.
In her career she has won three gold, one silver and a bronze medal in ball hockey. She stayed active in ball hockey at the national level for the next two and a half decades first becoming a coach and then a Level 5 referee.
In 2012, she became the first woman to coach a male ball hockey team from Toronto as they played in the Men’s Master World Championship in the Czech Republic. In June of this year she will finally hang up her coach’s whistle for Women’s Team Canada but she continues to play recreational hockey every Saturday night in the Toronto Women’s Hockey Club. “I still love the game!” Christine declares.
The OCCA is a provincial association created in 1967 to encourage amateur sporting excellence at the collegiate level across the province of Ontario. It stresses personal development, leadership, healthy lifestyle, sports integrity and teamwork in a student-focused setting. Besides hockey, the OCAA also honours players and coaches who have distinguished themselves in badminton, basketball, cross-country running, golf, curling, rugby, soccer, golf, volleyball and women’s fastball. There are 296 inductees in the OCAA Hall of Fame and it adds new inductees every two years.
The CBHA congratulates Chris on this amazing achievement!
(Toronto) January 22, 2013 - After 18 months of extensive scouting, Women’s Team Canada is pleased to announce its Roster for the 4th Women’s World Championship to be held in St John’s, Newfoundland June 4th – 9th, 2013.
This is a team with great depth of skills and experience. New upcoming talent will join 14 returning players from the last three World Championships! These elite athletes were selected from at least one of the four scouting and evaluation events at the 2011, 2012 Canadian Championships, 2012 Eastern and Western Canadian Championships.
A truly proud Canadian, General Manager Paul Beale is extremely pleased that this National team has representation from coast to coast. Paul says: “I know that all of the players will take great pride in wearing the Canadian Maple Leaf”.
Returning for one last World Championship, Head Coach Christine Pellerin said “with such a great pool of players to select from, this was by far, the most difficult selection process ever.” “I couldn’t think of a better place to finish my coaching career at home and on the “Rock”. Our goal is to regain the World Title”.
It is with great excitement that we present our 2013 WTC Roster:
Goaltenders: Kathryn Padmore (Toronto, ON- OBHF), Katie Passfield (Mississauga, ON - OBHF), and Nathalie Girouard (Ottawa, ON - OBHF).
Defences: Jessica O’Grady (Ottawa, ON - OBHF), Britni Smith (Toronto, ON - OBHF), Mallory Johnston (Chatham, ON - OBHF), Amy Dawson (Dartmouth, NS - NSBHA), Danika Smith (Ottawa, ON - OBHF), Madison Sands (Maple Ridge, BC - BCBHA), and Lesley McArthur (Ottawa, ON - OBHF).
Forwards: Chelsea Purcell (Hudson Bay, SK - WRBHA), Shelley Cockerill (Winnipeg, MB - MBHA), Fannie Desforges (Fournier, ON - OBHF), Caroline Bérubé (Roberval, QC - QBHA), Jennifer Brine (Truro, NS - OBHF), Franceska Perron (Quebec, QC - QBHA), Kristen Cooze (Kippens, NL - NLBHA), Alicia Blomberg (Timmins, ON - OBHF), Elysia Desmier (Vanier, ON - OBHF), Candace Moxley (Markham, ON - OBHF), Erika Pouliot (St-Joseph de Beauce, QC - OBHF), Chantal Larocque (Winnipeg, MB - MBHA), Dawn Tulk (Deer Lake, NL NLBHA), and Amanda Kean (St. Anthony, NL - NLBHA).
Staff: Christine Pellerin - Head Coach (Toronto, ON OBHF), Nicole Latreille - Assistant Coach (Ottawa, ON - OBHF), Thomas Walsh - Assistant Coach (Clarenville , NL - NLBHA), Paul Beale - General Manager (Saint John, NB - NBBHA), Renee Sheldon -Therapist (Pickering, ON - OBHF) & Dr. Jessica Wade (St. John’s, NL).
Ontario Ball Hockey Federation and Canadian Ball Hockey Association member Fannie DesForges takes home her second Red Bull Crashed Ice Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontario on December 1, 2012
For highlights on Fannie's Crashed Ice victory, scroll down to the video below.