Danièle Sauvageau

Danièle Sauvageau, OC MSC (born April 22, 1962) is a Canadian ice hockey executive and former coach, and former police officer. Sauvageau was the head coach of the Canadian national women's hockey team that won the gold medal in ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Early lifeEdit

Originally from Deux-Montagnes, Quebec, Sauvageau was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal for 24 years, serving five years in the narcotics division. As a Police Sergeant, she has also performed undercover narcotics investigations, busted a squad car full of drug dealers, and even ordered a forced entry and rescue of a double agent whose life was in jeopardy.


Sauvageau was the head coach 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.[1] When the Canadian Under-19 women's hockey team was founded on May 15, 1996, Danielle Sauvageau was the head coach.[2] Two future Olympians played for her: Caroline Ouellette and speed skater Cindy Klassen.[3] Sauvageau was named head coach of Canada's National Women's Hockey Team for the 2001 World Hockey Championship and the 2002 Winter Olympics on June 22, 2000. As head coach of the first Canadian Olympic hockey team to win gold in 50 years, Sauvageau became a Canadian hero.[citation needed]

Sauvageau has worked at almost every level of hockey open to female coaches. After the disappointing silver medal showing at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Sauvageau was named the new head coach of the team and general manager of the Canadian female hockey program. Following seven straight losses to the U.S. team prior to the Olympics, her team-building methods and leadership skills led the team to a gold medal in 2002.[citation needed]

In 1999–2000, she became an assistant coach for the Montreal Rocket of the QMJHL. She was the first female coach in QMJHL history.[4] Sauvageau was the first female NHL Saturday Night Hockey TV analyst for Canada's French station Télévision de Radio-Canada and is the new official spokesperson for the Coaching Association of Canada. She was a member of the successful bid committee for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic bid.

As part of the IIHF Ambassador and Mentor Program, Sauvageau was a Hockey Canada coaching mentor that travelled to Bratislava, Slovakia to participate in the 2011 IIHF High Performance Women's Camp from July 4 to 12.[5]

As of 2010, she was the general manager of the Montreal Carabins women's ice hockey program. In 2021, she also served as general manager and coach of the Montreal team in the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association.[6]


She is a graduate of the Université de Montréal and of the RCMP Academy, Depot Division. She was a sergeant in the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (City of Montreal Police Service).

Awards and honorsEdit


Ribbon Description Notes
  Order of Canada (OC)
  • Officer
  • 3 May 2013
  • [10]
  Meritorious Service Cross (MSC)
  • Awarded 26 April 2004
  • Civil Division
  • [10]
  Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 6 February 2002
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  • [10]
  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 6 February 2012
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  • [10]
  Royal Canadian Mounted Police Long Service Medal
  • 20 Years of Service with the RCMP


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ "WOMEN'S U19 HOCKEY - USA 6 CANADA 3". www.hockeycanada.ca. Archived from the original on November 24, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  3. ^ "NEW NATIONAL WOMEN'S UNDER-19 TEAM PROGRAM LAUNCHED". www.hockeycanada.ca. Archived from the original on November 24, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  4. ^ Who's Who in Canadian Sport, Volume 5, p.393, Bob Ferguson, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd., Markham, ON and Allston, MA, ISBN 1-55041-855-6
  5. ^ "SIXTEEN NATIONAL WOMEN'S PROGRAM CANDIDATES TO TAKE PART IN IIHF HIGH PERFORMANCE WOMEN'S CAMP IN SLOVAKIA". www.hockeycanada.ca. Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  6. ^ "Calgary Flames Showcase 2021". PWHPA. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  7. ^ "Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame". olympic.ca. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  8. ^ Sajous, Emmanuelle (6 July 2013). "ARCHIVED --- Canada Gazette --- GOVERNMENT HOUSE". Canada Gazette. 147 (27). Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  9. ^ "2021 Hockey Canada Award Winners". hockeycanada.ca. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  10. ^ a b c d General, Office of the Secretary to the Governor (Jun 11, 2018). "Recipients". The Governor General of Canada.

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