MONTREAL, DECMBER 2, 2011 – A crowd of close more than 3,000 students from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) and the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) packed the Verdun Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 2 to see the McGill University Redmen beat the Royal Military College Paladins 3-2 in a rare morning hockey game as part of The Rooths Sports Score With School Program.
The students, who represented 14 local schools, had the chance to watch another chapter in the long-standing McGill-RMC series which began in 1892 and is the second-oldest hockey rivalry in North America. Under the guidance of head coach Kelly Nobes, the Redmen are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation and sit atop the OUA East Division standings with a 13-1-2 record. They earned their sixth consecutive victory after beating RMC (2-12-1), coached by former McGill defenceman and Dollard des Ormeaux native Adam Shell.
This event, initiated in 2009 by the Montreal Juniors when they played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, introduced students to CIS men’s hockey and provided them with an opportunity to be inspired by a number of athletes, including former Montreal Alouettes lineman Steve Charbonneau, who illustrated the importance of focusing on education and striving for a university degree during the first intermission. Over the past two months, members of the McGill men’s and women’s hockey teams have been visiting schools with the message that one can get a university degree and still play elite sports.
During the second intermission, two EMSB students: Tristan de Sousa Viera from John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel and Jonathan Forese from the Sports-Etudes program at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North were awarded $100 bursaries from ING Direct in recognition of their perseverance in school. Also taking center stage from the EMSB was Mara Peixinho, a 15-year old 10th grader from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount, who sang the national anthem. She recently gained notice for her star performance in the Super Fantastico singing contest.
Filling the stands from the EMSB were students from LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel, John Paul I High School and Pierre de Coubertin Elementary in St. Léonard and the Sports-Etudes program from Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North.