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Ève Gascon to Become First Woman to Play in QMJHL Since 2001

18-year-old Ève Gascon is set to make her QMJHL debut for the Gatineau Olympiques on Saturday, becoming the first woman to play in the league since Charline Labonté over 20 years ago.
Eve Gascon

No woman has played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in Eve Gascon's lifetime.

That's about to change.

Gascon, 18, is set to make her QMJHL debut for the Gatineau Olympiques on Saturday when the team faces off against the Rimouski Oceanic. She will join Manon Rheaume and Charline Labonté as the only women to do so in QMJHL history. Labonté last played in 2000-01, registering the first win by a woman goaltender in the league's history.

Labonte said in an interview back in 2019 with Hockey Canada, she has full confidence that Gascon will become a star. Gascon will join the team will be for the game against the Val D’or Foreurs on Saturday.

If you've followed the women's hockey scene in recent years, you know all too well what Gascon brings to the table. She had an excellent run with Canada's U-18 team in 2019, winning silver after a magnificent four-game stretch.

Gascon is also the only goalie woman goaltender to be a starter in the top Quebec midget league, spending two seasons with the College Esther-Blondin Phenix before getting shut out of play last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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