WATCH: Ann-Renée Desbiens bursts into tears at a press conference

It is not because Ann-Renée Desbiens is officially playing professionally for the first time in her career that defeat is easier to digest.

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being eliminated following a third consecutive loss in overtime against Boston, the goalkeeper of the Montreal women’s hockey team in the LPHF could not hold back her tears at a press conference on Tuesday evening in Massachusetts.

Already, the pride of Charlevoix could not hide her sadness, just like her teammate Sarah Lefort, when her coach Kori Cheverie spoke to the media.

“It’s certain that there is a lot of disappointment. As Kori mentioned, we played well for the majority of the series. We didn’t manage to get the jumps into the net on the other side. So, congratulations to Boston. They managed to win three games and advance to the next round. We are going to return home, our vacation begins and we are going to reevaluate the season,” Desbiens first mentioned.

Ann-Renée Desbiens at a press conference after the elimination of the Montreal women’s hockey team.

Screenshot, LPHF

Speaking of the fans

Then, while a journalist asked her what she would like to say to the fans, the champion felt emotion overcome her.

“We really want to say thank you to them. It was by far the best crowd anyone could have asked for. Everywhere in the league, we saw the support throughout the season, in the playoffs, also remotely. So, I am proud to have played for the Montreal team, in front of the best fans,” she replied before taking a long break.


Ann-Renée Desbiens at a press conference after the elimination of the Montreal women’s hockey team.

LPHF screenshot

She broke down

Desbiens then broke down while a question was asked of Cheverie, seated to his left. As the coach spoke, the 30-year-old’s cheeks became damp and she tried to wipe them with both hands. She showed great professionalism in continuing the press briefing.

“I wouldn’t say we were tired, we did a good job recovering [après une défaite de 2 à 1 en troisième prolongation, samedi, à ]. We had an excellent start to the , an excellent second period, we were there. We perhaps tried too hard in the third period and that may have cost us the game. But it’s definitely not a lack of recovery. I’m really proud of everything my teammates accomplished today [mardi]», underlined number 35.


Ann-Renée Desbiens at a press conference after the elimination of the Montreal women’s hockey team.

LPHF screenshot

The three women took the time to answer questions from journalists for 10 minutes.

Montreal lost 2 to 1, 2 to 1 and 3 to 2, each time in overtime, to Boston, who will face Toronto or Minnesota in the final.

▶ Furthermore, Kori Cheverie is a finalist for LPHF Coach of the Year, like Courtney Kessel of Boston and Troy Ryan of Toronto. The Queen team dominated the regular season standings with 47 points, followed by Montreal (41) and Boston (35). The winners of the various prizes will be known in June.

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