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MONTREAL, MARCH 11, 2016 - A lucky group of 16 Grade 5 students from Coronation Elementary School in Côte des Neiges, along with teachers Brigitte Boulos and Peter Tsinas, got to attend a Montreal Canadiens practice on Friday, March 11 at the Complexe sportif Bell in Brossard. This was all part of the Canadiens@school program.

The school entered a contest called the Concours du Grand Prix to be eligible for this exciting opportunity. On this day the Canadiens had a dryland training session on an indoor soccer field. When that practice was complete, the students were invited to meet goalie Mike Condon, defenceman Mark Barbierio and forwards Sven Andrighetto and Phillip Danault. The players split the group into two and took part in a 15 minute soccer scrimmage.

Condon spoke to the students about the importance of staying in school. He graduated from Princeton University, where he majored in politics. Barbiero grew up in the West Island community of Kirkland and attended the Lester B. Pearson School Board. He said it is always fun to meet young hockey fans, noting that during his student days he never had such an opportunity to meet members of the Habs.

The Canadiens@school program ( is a free hockey themed curriculum resource for students in Grades 1 to 9. There are almost 300 lesson plans available on the website site, developed specifically to meet components of the Ministry of Education curriculum. The program also provides opportunities to receive monthly recognition awards and win great Canadiens prizes. Coronation arts teacher Valerie Chiniara submitted drawings of goalie mask’s by her students as a winning entry. She was unable to attend the practice.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213