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PRESS CONFERENCE ON TUES. OCT. 15 2013 TO UNVEIL THIRD ANNUAL STAY IN SCHOOL PROGRAM

MONTREAL– The media are cordially invited to a press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. on the campus of John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel (3030 Villeray) to announce the third annual “Score with School” program, which involves the participation of the English Montreal School Board at a CIS regular season men’s university hockey game between the McGill Redmen and Concordia Stingers.

Kelly Nobes and Kevin Figsby, respective head coaches at McGill and Concordia, will be on hand, along some players and former Montreal Canadiens forward Mathieu Darche, who previously starred for and captained the Redmen. Darche, who serves as one of the program’s ambassadors, was recently appointed director of business development for Delmar International, which will be one of the game’s sponsors, defraying the costs for students who could not normally afford such a field trip opportunity.

This year’s game will take place during school hours on Tuesday, Nov. 26 (10:30 a.m.) at McGill’s McConnell Arena and will be treated as a pedagogical field trip with a capacity crowd of 950 EMSB students in attendance. The event, which has been a sellout for the past two years, is coordinated by Rooths Sports Events and Martin Routhier, a former captain with the Redmen. Over the next few months, McGill players will visit local schools to illustrate the importance focusing on education and striving for a university degree.

Also, “T.E.C.H – Le but” a unique hockey development program, will also be announced.  TECH, which stands for Technologies, Education, Community and Hockey, will provide boys and girls from JFK high school the opportunity to either learn a new sport or further develop their existing hockey skills in a bilingual environment. In this, the inaugural year, 120 students, representing each grade at JFK, will participate.
                                                              
TECH was created to provide youth with a different approach towards education by catering to their interests of technology and sport. Martin Longchamps, who was honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 as an instrumental volunteer in minor hockey, founded the program to ensure that these children remain actively involved in their education while providing them with the necessary tools to ensure their inclusion and growth within society. These students will be loaned hockey equipment, free of charge, to engage in 20-30 weeks of on-ice activities and training. Additionally, they will have routine off-ice meetings with both a nutritionist and a kinesiologist. The athletic activities will run in conjunction with 20 weeks of technological training that will follow an academic framework adapted in collaboration with JFK high school.

 

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca