A former narcotics officer with the Montreal Urban Police, Danièle Sauvageau climbed from the small town of Deux-Montagnes, Que., to the peak of women's hockey. Famous for her meticulous preparation, Sauvageau coached her Quebec teams to three straight women's national championships in the mid-1990s before taking the reigns of Team Canada in 2000. Sauvageau promptly led her new squad to the 2001 world championship title before guiding Canada to its first-ever Olympic gold medal in women's hockey at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Danièle Sauvageau, Hockey: A People's History
A renowned and innovative hockey educator, Benoit Barbeau has been involved in the sport for over 30 years as a coach, teacher, technical advisor and speaker. The owner of a masters degree in sports administration from the University of Montreal, he has taught hockey to students at Collège Édouard-Montpetit in Longueuil, Que., since 1990, and continues to develop young players through the summer hockey academy he founded in 1996.
Barbeau has also schooled hundreds of coaches across Quebec through his groundbreaking seminars, conferences and manuals. His unique and modern approach to teaching hockey continues to influence coaches and players across Canada.