LPHF | The “concrete” lessons of Kori Cheverie

After the halfway point of the inaugural season of the LPHF, the Montrealers sit at the top of the circuit. The team can thank the offensive talent of players like Marie-Philip Poulin and the brilliance of its goalkeepers, of course. But the reasons for this success do not stop there.


“We are lucky to have a coach of this talent,” said forward Catherine Dubois after the morning training at the Verdun Auditorium. It’s amazing how much she knows game. »

Dubois talks here about Kori Cheverie, driver of the Montreal team. She particularly praises her hockey “intelligence”, and the “very interesting details” that she transmits to her players before matches.

“It’s not just information for information’s sake,” explains Dubois. It’s always concrete. (…) I have had good coaches in my career, but I think that Kori brings another vision of the game which really helps me in terms of my understanding of the match. »

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At mid-season, the Montrealers sit at the top of the LPHF.

Ann-Sophie Bettez has also known many, coaches, over a journey of almost 20 years in hockey. For the veteran, Cheverie’s “strength” is “surrounding herself well” with “a great team of coaches”. She names among others the two Alex, Imbeault and Tremblay, who help the players with their puck handling and skating skills. As well as Noémie Marin who, like Cheverie, has experience with the Canadian national team.

“She listens to others, and is able to share her know-how,” underlines Bettez, just before recalling that Kori Cheverie also worked briefly for the Pittsburgh Penguins last summer.

“This expertise serves us well and helps us grow in this professional world. »

And what does the main interested party think of her own performance?

“There is always room for improvement,” judge Cheverie, who is 36 years old. I’m still relatively early in my career, I’ll always continue to learn and grow. This season has been demanding, but positively. »

She says she “challenges herself” as a coach, particularly in the way she reacts when “moments that we see less often” occur in a match situation.

Her boss Danièle Sauvageau, the one who hired her, says she is “very satisfied” with the work she has done so far.

“The team climate is going really well,” rejoices the general director, who also gives credit to the staff who accompanies Cheverie in this adventure.

This is a model that is particular here. I wanted to ensure that we supported the players with technical quality and detail. (…) I am extremely proud of the people behind closed doors who help us. Specialists. It’s part of the DNA of the team we want to form here in Montreal.

Danièle Sauvageau

A busy schedule

This is rare for March 5: it was definitely colder inside than outside the Verdun Auditorium. Coming to meet the media in a corner of the secondary ice rink of the enclosure, our interlocutors all formulated their words while emanating condensation.

Which testifies to the interest of the sixty supporters of the team who came to attend their club’s training on Tuesday. It’s spring in winter in Montreal, it’s spring break, but young and old alike have come to sit here to encourage the Montreal women’s hockey team during its practice.

“There are so many things to do, the weather is nice,” remarks Sauvageau. But when a dad tells me that he chose to come here (…) because his boys asked him, I think that sums up a lot of things. »

Several even stayed until the end to get autographs, notably from Marie-Philip Poulin as she came off the ice.

The star player couldn’t stay too long, however, as the team was preparing to take the bus to Connecticut, where it will play the first of three games in five days against New York on Wednesday. Montreal will then visit Toronto on Friday, then return to Place Bell against Ottawa on Sunday.

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Marie-Philip Poulin

All the Montrealers interviewed on Tuesday, including Ann-Sophie Bettez, indicated that they had to take this busy week “one match at a time”, and even “period by period”, “dissecting” them into “five-minute” sequences.

“You shouldn’t see it as 3 games in 5 days, but take it step by step, trust the game plan and apply the advice on the ice. »

“We don’t play for our name behind our backs”

The Molson Brewery announced a new partnership with the LPHF on Tuesday morning. The company will attempt a pilot project for Friday’s match between Montreal and Toronto: as part of International Women’s Day, Molson wants the players’ names to no longer be hidden by their hair on their upper backs, but rather to be highlighted clearly at the bottom of their number. This initiative had already been attempted in the Premier Hockey Federation before.

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“I’m a little indifferent,” announced Ann-Sophie Bettez straight away. There are some who say that the hair hides (the name), but if it fits in your pants…”

Danièle Sauvageau makes a similar remark, emphasizing that the opinion of the people she spoke to is “divided”, and that “it will cause people to talk”.

For Kori Cheverie, the good news is the interest shown by the sponsors.

Molson does not fail to point out that the company is sacrificing a little of its visibility as part of this campaign, by putting its name under the players’ hair.

“It’s a creative way to help promote our league and our players,” believes Cheverie. That’s great. »

That being said, “I know that our players are probably more interested in representing Montreal,” adds the technician.

Right in the target.

“The reality is that we don’t play for our name behind our backs,” recalls Dubois. We play for the name forward, for the team, for the city. We play for the fans. »

The vagueness surrounds Daoust

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Marie-Philip Poulin (29), Mélodie Daoust (25) and Laura Stacey (7) celebrate after a goal scored against the Boston team.

Mélodie Daoust, Canadian hockey legend, scored a goal in her very first game with the Montreal team last Saturday. With a simple 10-day contract in office due to his professional obligations, neither Cheverie nor Sauvageau wished to confirm his presence for the match against New York on Wednesday.

“Is she going to join us?” asks the DG. It’s a possibility. »

Furthermore, with the championship just won by the Concordia Stingers, Danièle Sauvageau indicated that she was “closely following” Quebec forward Emmy Fecteau with a view to the next LPHF draft.

“Emmy trains here in the summer, so we know her,” emphasizes the CEO before congratulating her on her five years spent in the Concordia program. She will have to register for the draft. »


reference: www.lapresse.ca

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