On Wednesday afternoon, the Hockey Hall Of Fame announced those individuals elected to the class of 2020. That class included Canadian goaltender Kim St-Pierre.
St-Pierre is the eighth woman and first goaltender to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. A native of Chateauguay, Quebec, St-Pierre grew up playing boys hockey until the age of 18. She then went off to play on the women’s hockey team at McGill University. After that, her career took off while playing in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) with the Montreal Stars. During the 2007-08 season, she won the CWHL Top Goaltender award and was a CWHL Eastern All-Star. The following season, St-Pierre won the 2009 Clarkson Cup with the Stars. She played in the CWHL until the 2011-12 season.
On the international stage, St-Pierre was a star for the Canadian Women’s National Team. She won three Olympic Gold Medals in 2002, 2006, and 2010. She also won five gold medals at the Women’s World Championships. For her career playing with Canada, St-Pierre posted a career 1.17 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.
During a practice season in the 2008 NHL season, the Montreal Canadiens asked St-Pierre to tend the goal with netminder Carey Price out with the flu. She was the second woman in NHL history to play alongside NHL’ers, the first since Manon Rheaume.
St-Pierre joins Hayley Wickenheiser (2019), PWHPA president Jayna Hefford (2018), Danielle Goyette (2017), Angela Ruggerio (2015), Geraldine Heaney (2013), Cammi Granato (2010), and Angela James (2010) as the only women in the Hockey Hall of Fame.