Thérèse Brisson

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Thérèse Brisson
Born (1966-10-05) October 5, 1966 (age 51)
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Defense
National team  Canada
Playing career 1993–2005

Therese Brisson is a Canadian former ice hockey player. Brisson played for the Canadian National women's ice hockey team from 1993 to 2005.[1] Brisson was the second oldest member of Team Canada’s gold medal winning team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. She competed for Canada at the World Championships in 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001.[2] She earned a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, which marked the first time that women’s hockey was played on an Olympic level.

Playing career[edit]

Brisson competed for the Ferland Quatre Glaces (first based out of Brossard, and then Repentigny) team in the League Régionale du Hockey au Féminin in the province of Québec.[3] She studied kinesiology at Montreal’s Concordia University, was named athlete of the year in 1988 and 1989,[2] and in 1997, she was inducted into Concordia University’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 1994, Brisson made her debut for Team Canada at the World Championships, playing alongside such stalwarts as Manon Rhéaume, Cassie Campbell, Geraldine Heaney and France St. Louis. She would be named an All-Star defencewoman at the tournament. Brisson was Team Canada’s Captain at the World Championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001.[2] Brisson represented Team New Brunswick at the 1998 Esso women's hockey nationals. She scored one goal and an assists to defeat Team Saskatchewan and finish in fifth place.[4]

At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Brisson led all Canadian defenders in scoring at the tournament. Brisson had two goals and three assists in helping Canada win its first gold medal in Women’s Olympic hockey.[2]

Brisson also played several seasons for Montreal Axion, a professional women's ice hockey team in the National Women's Hockey League.


After the Olympics, she pursued a master's degree at York University in Toronto. Brisson was a former professor in kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick. As of 2010, Brisson is a marketing manager at Procter & Gamble Canada. She is also a board member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.[5] As part of the IIHF Ambassador and Mentor Program, Brisson was a Hockey Canada athlete ambassador that travelled to Bratislava, Slovakia to participate in the July 2011 IIHF High Performance Women's Camp.[6]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Best Defender, 1998 Esso Nationals[4]


  1. ^ "Women's Hockey, All-Time Alphabetical roster". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Canadian Gold 2002, p. 115, Andrew Podnieks, Fenn Publishing Company Ltd, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2002.
  3. ^ On the Edge: Women Making Hockey History, p.132, by Elizabeth Etue and Megan K. Williams, Second Story Press, Toronto, Ontario, 1996, ISBN 0-929005-79-1
  4. ^ a b "Alberta downs Ontario 3–2 in Overtime in Gold Medal Final to win 1998 Esso Women's Nationals Hockey Championship". Hockey Canada. March 22, 1998. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Where are they now? Therese Brisson". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  6. ^
Preceded by
Stacy Wilson (1997–98)
Captain, Cdn National Women's Hockey Team
Succeeded by
Cassie Campbell (2002–06)