|SPORT-ÉTUDES STUDENTS TO TAKE ON POLICE OFFICERS IN FRIENDLY GAME OF SHINNY|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 10, 2013 – While the National Hockey League might have cancelled their Winter Classic, students from Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North (11575 P.M. Favier) will be hosting a Classic of their own on Friday, January 18 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Bleu Blanc Rouge skating rink in Park le Carignan across the street from the school.
Facing off against the vaunted Pee Wee and Bantam Sport-Études students will be police officers from Montreal North’s Station 39 (6100 Henri-Bourassa East).
In December, Constable Claremont and Officer Tony Strammiello from Station 39 approached Lester B. Pearson with the idea as a way to help promote the Fondation Beaulieu-Blondin, an organization which was created 23 years ago in honor of Officer Pierre Beaulieu, a life-time resident of Montreal North, who was gunned down while on duty.
The foundation, which raises money for underprivileged kids in Montreal North, has grown tremendously since its inception as well as received an additional boost through the support of Leo Blondin in 2000.
Blondin, who passed away in 2003, was well known to the Montreal North community, serving as a city councilor for 16 years and Chairman of the Board of Hospital Saint-Michel. Currently, Leo Blondin’s son, Pierre Blondin, is involved with the foundation.
“It’s going to be a close game,” said Officer Strammiello. “However, I think I’m going to pick the Officers to win this one. It should be a fun game with a great atmosphere.”
As the game will be taking place during the school’s lunch period, throngs of students are expected to be in attendance to cheer on their peers.
Michael J. Cohen