Dealing with injury
Germain was a hockey star in her own right, before a concussion in high school sidelined her.
“Concussion is really what ended it,” she said. “It was my last year of high school hockey, just after March break, the end of the season, and I got blindsided right in the middle of the ice and got knocked out cold.”
The results were devastating.
“Unfortunately, that happened before Sidney Crosby got hit, because talk on concussions was so hush-hush before,” she said. “I was rushed to the hospital and I had a neck injury, ribs were hit, my shoulder was hurt, my hip was really messed up, so there were so many scary things going on at the surface that looking at my head was not their main concern.”
Germain said she rested after the hit, but resumed training that summer at Dalhousie but noticed she felt different on the ice - something wasn’t right.
“I had been upset, I had pain I had never felt before, I couldn’t open my eyes in the light,” she said. “As soon as Crosby got hit, my doctor got a report from other doctors sharing information and they then knew what we should do, and it was pretty immediate, they called and said ‘get her off the ice.’”
Germain did a CT Scan and an MRI and results showed some serious concussion trauma.
“I struggled with depression, I failed out of school,” she said. “There’s always an excuse with concussions, like ‘it’s her first year away from her family,’ or I was homesick or not adapting well to university life, but I knew at the end of the day that it wasn’t that.”
She said she doesn’t shy away from talking about her concussion because it helped to inspire her university degree - health promotion, where she focused her research on concussions.
Since then, Germain has continued to focus on coaching hockey at various levels.
During her first year as assistant coach with the high performance U16 team, her team received silver; the next year, they brought home a gold.
This is Germain’s first year as a full-time hockey coach with King’s-Edgehill School, where she also teaches biology.
Her next big challenge? The Canada Winter Games.
“I think what I bring to the team is just a love for the game and I understand my role as a role model for the girls,” she said. “That’s something I take a lot of pride in, I help out with guys hockey too, but I’m a really big supporter of promoting the female game.”
About the 2019 Canada Winter Games
The 2019 Canada Winter Games will be held from Feb. 15 to March 3, 2019 in Red Deer, Alberta.
At the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C., Nova Scotia’s male team defeated British Columbia 3-2 in the fifth-place game to finish fifth overall, the province’s best finish since 1979.
Nova Scotia’s female team defeated New Brunswick 2-0 in the seventh-place game to finish seventh in the female division.