Biography:

Geoffroy Bessette Colette was an important figure in Canada’s fifth place finish at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara. He played more minutes than anyone else and was second on the team in goals with 20 scored on 34 shots. He previously played on the Pan Am Games team at Rio 2007. Bessette Colette had also been a member of Canada’s last world championship team in 2005, scoring 20 goals on 32 shots as Canada finished 23rd. He plays in the Quebec D1 League with CHAC, for which he was the second-leading scorer this past season, scoring 61 times and adding five penalty goals as CHAC finished second.

PERSONAL

Family: Parents Alain Colette and Nicole Bessette… Younger brother Hugo… Partner Annie St-Georges… Son Zach (born August 2012)… Getting into the Sport: Started playing handball at age 13 because it was the only sport offered at his school… Outside Interests: Graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2008 with a degree in physical education… Works as a phys ed teacher at College Ahuntsic… Enjoys playing guitar, fishing, hiking… Odds and Ends: Has wanted to compete for Canada since watching Jean-Luc Brassard win gold at Lillehammer 1994…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

PAG: 2011 – 5th ; 2007 – 7th

IHF WCh: 2005 – 23rd