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Canadiens, Cournoyer make donation to Shriners Hospital

Thursday, 09.02.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
Montreal Canadiens


Gary Morrison, Chairman, Board of Governors, Shriners Hospital, Lucie Boivin, member of the Board, Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation, Yvan and Evelyne Cournoyer and Maureen Brennan, Administrative Director, Shriners Hospital.

MONTREAL - On the night Yvan Cournoyer saw his No. 12 get raised to the rafters of the Bell Centre, one of the many gifts he received was a donation in his name to the charity of his choice courtesy of the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation. Cournoyer's wish came true on Thursday as he made a $25,000 donation to the Montreal Shriners Hospital.

"We are extremely pleased and honoured to have been chosen by Mr. Cournoyer and the Foundation for this wonderful donation", said Gary Morrison, President and Chairman of the Shriners Hospital.

The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation, which helps underprivileged, sick and special needs children through charitable funding, had generously pledged the donation in Counoyer's name when Canadiens retired his No. 12 jersey on November 12, 2005. Cournoyer personally selected the Shriners Hospital as the recipient of the donation.

"This funding is an immense contribution to the hospital and will allow us to continue being a cutting-edge facility, providing top-quality care to children," said Maureen Brennan, Administrative Director of the Shriners Hospital.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 hospitals across North America that provides comprehensive world-class orthopaedic, spinal chord injury and burn care for children under the age of 18, as well as support for their families, absolutely free of charge.

Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com