MONTREAL, MARCH 16, 2011 – With the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs right around the corner, the Montreal Juniors surprised St. John Bosco Elementary School in Ville Émard with 400 free tickets to last weekend’s tilt against the Baie Comeau Drakkar at the Verdun Auditorium.
Led by Katherine Snow, an avid hockey enthusiast and principal of St. John Bosco, droves of students, staff, administrators and their families packed the Verdun Auditorium to see one of Canada’s best junior teams in action.
Doing their part, the Juniors did not disappoint, skating away with a 7-0 victory.
For students such as Raymond Vincelette-Salisbury and Jeff McGowan, the game was simply put, an incredible experience. For Raymond, not only was he thrilled to be spending the afternoon with his friends and family, but the event was also his first hockey game. Capping off the victory was the souvenir puck which be bought and will cherish as a memento.
McGowan also walked away with a souvenir, a Montreal Juniors T-Shirt which was thrown into the stands. “I didn’t expect to catch it, it was like a dream,” he said. “I felt very lucky and happy that I was at the game.”
The Montreal Juniors organization has worked hand-in-hand with the English Montreal School Board over the past three years through the “Stay in School” program. Thousands of students, staff, administrators and their families have been the beneficiaries of tickets as well as have enjoyed countless visits by players such as the Montreal Canadiens’ Louis Leblanc and the Los Angeles Kings’ Jean-Francois Berube to various schools.