brigette lacquette: part one
brigette lacquette (born november 10, 1992) is a canadian ice hockey player, who most recently played professionally for calgary inferno and is currently a member of the canadian national team, playing defense. she participated at the 2015 iihf women's world championship. in the autumn of 2015, lacquette joined the calgary inferno of the cwhl.
in 2018, lacquette became the first first nations woman to play for the canadian women's olympic hockey team. to honor her accomplishment, lacquette's olympic hockey stick was included in the diversity exhibit in the hockey hall of fame in 2018.
lacquette grew up in the remote métis community of mallard, manitoba. her father is from the o-chi-chak ko sipi first nation of manitoba, while her mother is from the cote first nation in saskatchewan.
lacquette has a sister named tara and a brother named taren, both of whom play hockey.
as she grew up, lacquette began facing racism at hockey games. at the age of twelve, she played a tournament in winnipeg where she encountered taunts such as "dirty indian" and "go back to the reserve".
hateful comments have come from opponents, tournament fans, parents of hockey players, and even a few of her own teammates. despite being tempted to quit at times, lacquette was supported by her father and decided to continue playing hockey. lacquette's father has expressed pride at his daughter's perseverance: "she basically kicked that door over and knocked it down and it's not a barrier anymore in her life, and that's something that's important for not only her but anybody who's faced a barrier in their life." lacquette has played for the university of manitoba bisons and at the ncaa level at the university of minnesota-duluth.
shannon miller, a former head hockey coach at the university of minnesota duluth, has described lacquette as "the most naturally talented player to ever come through our program". in 2014, lacquette was in the running for the canadian olympic hockey team, but was a late cut.
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