Former McGill Martlets player Carly Dupont-Hill was a key contributor in the Stars' hard-fought win in an October 5 contest versus the Martlets. Playing with eight other Martlets on the 2012-13 edition of the Stars, Dupont-Hill is poised for another great season.
The contest versus the Martlets was one of her finest matches. In the third period, the Stars were facing a 2-1 deficit. With a slap shot from the blue line, she buried the puck past freshman netminder Taylor Hough. Of note, the Stars rookie (and former Martlets player) was one of two players credited with the assist. “It is always fun to score against my old team,” noted Dupont-Hill.
With 1:36 left, Dupont-Hill returned the favor as she assisted on the game-winning goal, scored by Ann-Sophie Bettez. The Stars would go on to prevail by a 4-2 tally. “McGill is always competitive. We stepped up and worked hard. It was fun to play against them.”
As the Stars have played against the Martlets in past seasons, Dupont-Hill will be the first to state that the contests are always a superlative display of hockey talent. “It is all good feelings in these games. Always an amazing game with fun play.”
Having played for a highly competitive team in McGill (which included 4 seasons as a forward, and a final campaign on the blue line), she feels the same sense of unity and dedication with the Stars as she did with McGill. “It is all about working hard and trying your best. We have built a great team chemistry. It is important how every single one of us has a role on the team. We work hard every single second of the game.”
One of her greatest moments with the Stars was the Clarkson Cup victory of 2012. “It was amazing and fun. A great experience. It is always fun to culminate with a win at the end.”
With McGill, Dupont-Hill was part of another unique triumph. In 2009, the Winter Universiade adopted women’s ice hockey as a competitive sport. Dupont-Hill (along with teammates Alyssa Cecere, Cathy Chartrand and Vinny Davidson) was part of the Canadian gold medal-winning contingent that played in Harbin, China.
“It was an amazing experience. What it felt like just to wear the Canada sweater, and represent not just your country, but your school, was the most incredible experience I ever had.” She would duplicate the gold medal feat at the 2011 Winter Universiade in Eruzum, Turkey.
Hockey is a big part of Dupont-Hill’s life. Her husband works for Pro Hockey Life (known as Rousseau Sports in Quebec), and she grew up playing hockey with Vinny Davidson, her teammate with McGill and the Montreal Stars, respectively. “We lived in the West Island [section of Montreal] and played together when we were younger. Today, we are both teachers.”
Their tremendous friendship has seen them win the Canadian Interuniversity Sport nationals, the Winter Universiade, and the Clarkson Cup as teammates.
Dupont-Hill continued, “Playing together is great. I have always loved to play with Vinny, and we have always played well together. She is a natural goal-scorer and it is great to feed her the puck.”
All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise indicated.