Vision 2022: Sport in 10 steps


Goalkeepers Anne-Renee Desbiens (right) and Marie-Philip Poulin (centre) receive their gold medals in Beijing.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz

1 – Marie-Philip Poulin and Anne-Renée Desbiens gold

Marie-Philippe Poulin, who skated in the final of the Beijing Games, still remembers the shootout loss to the Americans in Pyongyang four years ago. This time, there is no question that he will return home with a silver medal around his neck. The hockey player from Beauce, the author of two goals, leads the Canadian team to a 3-2 victory over the USA.

The captain’s attacking prowess is matched only by Anne-Renee Desbiens’ brilliance in net. In five games as a starter, the Clermont goaltender posted a .940 save percentage and a 1.80 goals-against average, earning his first Olympic gold medal.

Laurent Dubreuil holds his silver medal and bouquet.

Lévisien Laurent Dubreuil won a silver medal in long track 1000m speed skating at the last Olympic Games in Beijing.

Photo: Getty Images/Sarah Stier

2 – Laurent Dubreuil and Eliot Grondin in silver

World 500m champion and world cup leader Laurent Dubreuil comes to the Beijing Games with the intention of winning gold in his favorite distance.

A disappointed Lévisien finishes the race at the foot of the podium in 4th place. A few days later, without waiting, he jumps onto the ice at a distance of 1000 m. And now, the 29-year-old skater has won the first Olympic medal in his career, rising to the second step of the podium and causing a surprise.

As for 20-year-old Eliot Grondin, he is already experiencing his second Olympic Games. The prodigy snowboarder from Sainte-Marie, who came to learn in 2018, arrives in Beijing as one of the main contenders for the snowboard cross throne this time around.

It does not disappoint. In the men’s final, only Austrian Alessandro Haemmerle managed to overtake the Quebecer at the finish line with the end of the board. Grondin is not satisfied with the silver medal. A few days later, she added bronze to her collection in the mixed team event with Meryeta O’Dine.

Two hockey players rub shoulders next to the puck.

Quebecer Antoine Lehoux (number 28) watches the Czech forward closely.

Photo: Courtesy of Hockey Canada

3 – First Paralympic medal for Antoine Lehoux

Soldier-in-training Antoine Lehoux was on his way to a veterans’ ceremony for Antoine Day when the bus he was riding in Beauceville overturned a curve. The 19-year-old, who had a leg amputated after an accident, eventually got introduced to para hockey at the Valcartier military base, where he quickly found a great role model: Dominique Larocque, the star goaltender for Team Canada.

Almost 10 years after his accident, Antoine Lehoux was with him as a teammate in a maple leaf jersey, making his first Paralympic tournament. Lehoux of Thetford Mines and Larocque of Quebec did not return home empty-handed. The Canadians won the silver medal in Beijing, defeating the powerful American team 5-0 in the final.

A woman and two men raise their arms and smile.

Marion Thénault, Miha Fontaine and Lewis Irving after winning bronze in the mixed team event at the Beijing Olympics

Photo: Getty Images/Al Bello

4 – Quebec Air Force 2.0 takes off

Heralded as the next golden generation of freestyle skiing in Quebec, the young jumpers bred in Lac-Beauport by Nicolas Fontaine made their mark on the international stage in 2022.

At the Beijing Olympics, 18-year-old Miha Fontaine and 21-year-old Marion Thénault team up with veteran Lewis Irving to claim bronze in the team aerial event.

A month and a half later, two other jumpers from Quebec, 18-year-old Victor Primeau and 19-year-old Flavie Aumond, became the champion and junior world champion.

Guy Lafleur and son Martin smile in front of a Remparts jersey at home in 1988, possibly before a game with Remparts alumni.

Guy Lafleur and his son Martin, smiling, in Remparts jerseys, 1988.

Photo: Quebec City Archives / Le Soleil Fund / Jacques Deschênes / All rights reserved

5 – Goodbye, Guy Lafleur

Six months after being honored in Quebec, Guy Lafleur died on April 22 after a long battle with lung cancer, leaving several generations of hockey fans in mourning.

Aside from his glory years with the Canadiens, the Blonde Demon will have a special connection to Quebec City throughout his life. From winning the Pee-Wee Tournament with Thurso to winning the Memorial Cup with the Remparts and ending his career with the Nordiques, Guy Lafleur has always loved the nation’s capital.

Roy was behind the bench, sitting in front of him during the match.

Patrick Roy, who won the Memorial Cup in 2006 in his first season behind the Remparts bench, is still looking for a second title.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Frederic Vigeant

6 – Patrick Roy’s final season on the bench

On the evening of the QMJHL semifinal elimination of the Ramparts in May, Patrick Roy made a surprise appearance by saying he was undecided about his future behind the bench.

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After some thought, the former number 33 decides to stay on for his final season as head coach before finally handing over the reins of the team to Simon Gagné.

Roy is clear. He returns with the Remparts to win. Will the Bolducs, Rochettes, Gauchers and others offer their coaches the President’s Cup? The answer is in the spring of 2023.

Players pose with trophy and big champion flag

The Capitals are the 2022 champions of the Border League.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Guillaume Piedboeuf

7 – Capital Champions of the Border League

The pandemic delayed the Capitals’ arrival in the Frontier League for two years, but the team did not miss its entry.

Led by two dominant Quebec pitchers, Miguel Cienfuegos and David Glaude, strong reliever Jeffry Parra and a solid bullpen, coach Patrick Scalabrini’s team quickly imposed its rule on the 15 other teams in the independent baseball circuit.

The Capitals tied the Washington Wild for the regular season championship before taking the playoff title from the Schaumburg Boomers in front of a cheering crowd at Canac Stadium.

The two players raise the cup above their heads together and shout.

The Rouge et Or players raised the provincial championship trophy in front of their fans.

Photo: Yan Doublet / Red and Gold

8 – The fall of the Rouge et Or championships

The Rouge et Or have collected their share of national titles since the early 2000s, but Université Laval’s sports teams have never been as successful as 2022.

In rugby, Francois Vachon-Marsault won their first five games by 280 points to nil en route to their first ever perfect season. In the Canadian final, Lavallois won 22-5 against Queens University.

In the women’s competition, Jessy Lacourse and Catherine Beauchemin join forces to lead the Rouge et Or to their second consecutive national title.

In soccer, Glen Constantine’s squad snapped a five-game losing streak against the Université de Montréal Carabiniers on October 16. His demons exorcised, the Rouge et Or will lose no more seasons. National MVP, star receiver Kevin Mital helps the team beat the Carabins, Western Mustangs and Saskatchewan Huskies in back-to-back wins to win 11 straight.e Vanier Cup in history.

In addition to the three Canadian titles, two other Rouge et Or teams — women’s soccer and men’s cross country — finished the fall in second place on the national podium.

The players celebrate with champagne.

Canada won its first Davis Cup.

Photo: dpa / JORGE GUERRERO via getty images

9 – Félix Auger-Aliassime’s winning streak

Félix Auger-Aliassime won the first ATP tournament of his career in February, but really rose to the top of the world rankings in the autumn.

In October and November, the athlete from L’Ancienne-Lorette won back-to-back tournaments in Florence, Antwerp and Basel, winning 16 consecutive victories. He pays world number one Carlos Alcaraz for the second time in a month and a half.

The icing on the cake is the 22-year-old tennis player leading Team Canada to its first Davis Cup victory at the end of November. The 2023 season promises to be spectacular.

The Bruins captain gets ready to hug teammate Charlie Coyle after the win over the Flyers in Philadelphia.

Patrice Bergeron

Photo: Reuters/Eric Hartline

10 – 1000 points for Patrice Bergeron

It’s hard to find a hockey player as unanimously loved and respected by his peers as Patrice Bergeron. After toying with the idea of ​​hanging up the skates during the offseason, the L’Ancienne-Lorette hockey player is back in a Bruins uniform, 19 years old.e The season.

The captain continues in the center of the team’s first line, along with faithful left winger Brad Marchand. Furthermore, it was the latter’s goal that gave Bergeron 1,000e point of his career in the National Hockey League on November 21.

Patrice Bergeron is 94 years olde Player in the history of the Bettman circuit and the first player from the Quebec region to reach this prestigious plateau.

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