Myriam Auger ascends into key contributor with Montreal Blitz

Having first played football at the tender age of 13, the experience would prove to be the springboard for Myriam Auger’s stellar career with the Montreal Blitz. Beginning in 2010 with the Kodiaks du College Mont-Saint-Louis, she would grace the gridiron with the club until graduation in 2014. Joining the Blitz in the same year, the 17-year-old Auger was a member of the practice roster, waiting one year in order to be eligible for a full-time spot.

With a combination of eagerness, maturity and a willingness to learn, Auger was an apt pupil, proving to be a perfect fit when she became a full-fledged member of the Blitz in 2015. Reflecting on the 2014 season as an invaluable learning experience, Auger’s patience was rewarded with a chance to be part of the starting lineup in the Blitz’s 2015 opening game.

Auger gracind the field at Molson Stadium during her teens

“In my first year, I was only on the practice team, but I still had fun! For my first season I was very lucky and I was able to be a ‘starter’ in the first game, which I think helped me to win the confidence of my team!”

Of note, football is not the only athletic endeavor that Auger has displayed proficiency. With an insatiable passion for sport, Auger is also part of a modern resurgence in roller derby. A cultural phenomenon during the 1960s and 1970s, the number of competitive leagues that have sprouted in the last decade, it complements the female sporting renaissance that have defined such an empowering time.

Undoubtedly, Auger’s involvement in roller derby establishes her as one of the Blitz’s two-sport stars. Possessing an extensive gridiron background, it has enabled her to approach the sport with a remarkable confidence. Unafraid of the intense physical contact, Auger’s bold spirit provides her club team with an opportunity to emerge competitive.

Auger (right) with fellow competitor at Roller Derby (Image obtained from Facebook)

“It is more football that helped me for roller derby because I only started last year! However, I believe that having practiced a sport contact for several years helped me a lot to gain confidence on the ‘track’!”

Auger’s third season with the Blitz was one that certainly supplied numerous milestones. From the outset, it was a historic time as it signified the club’s inaugural season in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA). Such a transition proved to be most rewarding, as the Blitz not only qualified for the postseason, but Laurence Pontbriand captured the Division II Wide Receiver of the Year Award.

Surrounded by such a remarkable group of talent, it was a source of inspiration for Auger, who represents the future of the franchise. Although the Blitz will not be returning to the WFA for 2018, there was a memorable moment for Auger that shall be treasured for many years to come.

In discussing the opportunity to grace the gridiron against the New York Sharks, one of the longest existing teams in modern female football history, the chance to defeat them thrice represented a revered milestone in franchise lore. Such an achievement is one that also stands out for Auger, as the first win against them was her favorite moment of the 2017 campaign, embodying what it means to be part of the family of gridiron sisters that call the Blitz their home team,

“Beating the Sharks!!!! Without any hesitation! Defeating them three times is impressive, but the first victory was particularly memorable, deserved and moving! Each of us has been giving our bodies and soul every year for a long time and this year we have had proof that ‘hard work pays off’.”

Worth noting, 2017 also featured a pair of other distinguished achievements for Auger. Having first taken to the field at the iconic Stade Molson, home of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, as a teenager, Auger’s young career definitely came full circle. During halftime of a July 2017 contest between the Alouettes and the British Columbia Lions, Auger gained the opportunity to compete at the stadium once again.

Auger (#55) returns to Molson Stadium in a halftime exhibition with the Blitz

With the Blitz participating in an intra-squad exhibition, with thousands of Alouettes fans looking on, one squad was donned in black jerseys, while the other suited up in white jerseys with red lettering. Auger wore her familiar number 55, as she competed with the black team. Later in the year, there was another unique connection to the CFL. As the Ottawa RedBlacks served as host team for the Grey Cup, the Blitz were invited during a week of pregame ceremonies and events, helping to raise awareness about female football.

Through it all, the chance to play brings the biggest reward for Auger, a satisfying and fulfilling element that she hopes can inspire the next generation of aspiring female footballers. Looking up to the number of veteran players on the team, respectful of their impact while motivated by their legacies, it is the type of influence that she hopes to one day reciprocate,

“I would say have the chance to play football at a competitive level! It is on that it is also interesting to be able to evolve with some girls for a long time. I am still new, but some girls have played together for 10 years or more! This relationship obviously has a huge positive impact on the field!”

“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”

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