Fifth edition of the Montreal Canadiens Bursary Program within the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

28 young student-athletes in hockey will receive a $1,500 scholarship

Wednesday, 25.01.2012 / 5:00 PM / News
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Fifth edition of the Montreal Canadiens Bursary Program within\r\nthe Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

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MONTRÉAL - The Montreal Canadiens presented their 5th annual bursary ceremony within their Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence bursary program. In 2008, the Montreal Canadiens announced a three-year investment totalling $100,000 towards the Fondation – a donation that allowed the organization to create a program to support men and women’s ice hockey. A year ago, the Canadiens announced their renewed partnership with the Foundation, with a donation of $250,000 to the organization, spread out over five years (2010 to 2015), at $50,000 per year.

Hence, the Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta presented twenty-eight $1,500 scholarships to hockey players between 14 and 17 years of age. Eight of the scholarships were given to female hockey players from Quebec’s provincial squad who are seeking to join the Canadian national team, while twenty scholarships were handed out to Midget AAA League players. The awards ceremony was held at the Bell Centre prior to the game between the Canadiens and the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

This year, a new addition was made to the Montreal Canadiens Bursary Program. Seven academic excellence bursaries were awarded to student-athletes in hockey who achieved impressive academic results. The 21 other bursary recipients received a scholarship for their athletic excellence. A reminder that scholastic performance is an important eligibility criteria to better prepare students for a post-athletic career.

“It is our duty, as a professional hockey club, to support the development of hockey as well as the next generation of players,” said Canadiens owner, President and CEO Geoff Molson. “Future professional hockey players are those who play their favourite game on rinks all over our province. We feel it is up to us to encourage them and provide them with the resources needed to succeed. Congratulations to all the recipients, it’s good to see their hard work on the ice and in the classroom being rewarded.”

“The Foundation is very proud to support our young student-athletes in hockey in the early stages and it’s very important for the Foundation to encourage these hockey hopefuls to put as much effort in class as on the ice. This Montreal Canadiens Bursary Program helps promote role models of young, serious and balanced student-athletes in hockey” indicated Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence.

Recipients for 2012 were selected based on their athletic excellence and for having continued their secondary or post-secondary education. The Montreal Canadiens Bursary Program is managed by the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence in partnership with Hockey Québec and the Midget AAA League. Hockey Québec General Manager Sylvain B. Lalonde and Midget AAA League President Gaston Therrien said they were very pleased with the support of the Montreal Canadiens and the work done by the Foundation to support young hockey players. “The Canadiens’ contribution to this bursary program is a commitment we truly appreciate. It reinforces our development goals for each athlete, both at the academic and athletic levels,” reiterated Lalonde and Therrien.

THE 28 RECIPIENTS OF THE 2012 MONTREAL CANADIENS BURSARY PROGRAM ($1,500 scholarship to each of the 28 recipients)

NAME

FIRST NAME

AGE

RESIDENCE

TEAM

Women’s academic Excellence

Frazer

Abbey

17

Hudson

John Abbott Lady Islanders

Picard

Ève-Audrey

15

Longueuil

Remparts du Richelieu

Women’s athletic Excellence

Daoust

Catherine

16

Île Bizard

Élites du Lac Saint-Louis

Desbiens

Ann-Renée

17

La Malbaie

Seigneurs de Beaubourg

Labelle

Alexandra

15

St-Louis de Gonzague

Broncos du Lac Saint-Louis

Lalancette

Stéphanie

15

Saint-Félicien

Rebelles de la ligue Midget Espoir

Lemire

Vickie

17

Saint-Lazare

Patriotes du cégep Saint-Laurent

Mercier

Laurie

17

Rouyn-Noranda

Patriotes du cégep Saint-Laurent

men’s academic Excellence

Arsenault

Jérôme

16

Alma

Élites de Jonquière

Gravel

Maxime

16

Blainville

Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin

Storto

David

16

Mascouche

Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin

St-Pierre

Alex

16

Courcelles

Commandeurs de Lévis

Vinette

Philippe Alexandre

16

Châteauguay

Grenadiers de Châteauguay

men’s athletic Excellence

Bouchard

Keven

15

Jonquière

Élites de Jonquière

Brais

Jean-Philippe

16

Valleyfield

Grenadiers de Châteauguay

Brosseau

Devin

16

Saint-Lambert

Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne

Cadorette

Philippe

16

Mont Saint-Hilaire

Gaulois du Collège Antoine-Girouard

Dauphin

Laurent

16

Repentigny

Phénix de Collège Esther-Blondin

De Luca

Anthony

16

Dorval

Lions du Lac Saint-Louis

Desbiens

Simon

16

Clermont

Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François

Guèvremont

Charles

17

Mansonville

Cantonniers de Magog

Marois

Carl

16

Montmagny

Commandeurs de Lévis

Nantel

Julien

15

Laval (Duvernay)

Rousseau-Royal de Laval-Montréal

O'Brien

Quinn

17

Litchfield

Intrépide de Gatineau

Ouellet

Vincent

16

Mirabel

Vikings de Saint-Eustache

Richard

Anthony

15

Trois-Rivières

Estacades de Trois-Rivières

Roy

Nicolas

14

Amos

Forestiers d'Amos

Slight

Gabriel

16

Rivière-du-Loup

Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

The Foundation’s main objective is to provide financial support to performing student-athletes who also distinguish themselves in class and help them strive towards excellence as young role models in the Quebec society. Over the last five years, the Foundation has handed out over $3.4 million in scholarships to deserving student-athletes, with the objective of increasing its annual scholarship amount to $1 million within the period of 2010-2015. Visit the Foundation’s web site at www.faeq.com.

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