It didn’t take long for centre Sage Desjardins, born and raised in Terrace, to settle in with her new team, the Northern Cougars Female Major Midget Team based in Prince George.
Leading her team in scoring, and ranked 10th in league scoring, she’s been nominated by BC Hockey for player of the month for October, and in the nine games last month contributed six points, 12 penalty minutes, and is +4 on goals for or against.
After a banner season with the Terrace Bantam Female Reps last year – a year that saw the team win AA bantam provincials – Desjardins, who’d played in Terrace Minor Hockey since she was six years old, moved to Prince George with some of her teammates to be on the Northern Cougars.
This is the first step in her ultimate goal to play in the Olympics – and also have the opportunity to get a scholarship and play the game she lives for.
The Cougars are currently sitting in third place.
The team’s the youngest team in the league – the highest Midget level in B.C. with six teams – Kelowna, Kootenay, Fraser Valley, North Shore, and Victoria – and their future looks bright.
They just finished a home stint against the defending champs, Fraser Valley Phantoms, finishing the weekend with one loss and two ties – breaking the Phantoms’ win streak.
Desjardins’ father, Mario, a longtime supporter and face in Terrace Minor Hockey, is coaching the Cougars alongside Stu Malgunas.