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7th edition of the Canadiens Bursary Program within the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

Tuesday, 04.02.2014 / 7:00 PM / News
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7th edition of the Canadiens Bursary Program within the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
7th edition of the Canadiens Bursary Program within the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

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MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens hosted their 7th annual bursary award ceremony with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. In 2008, the Club announced a three-year investment totalling $100,000 towards the Foundation – a donation that made it possible for the organization to create a program to support men and women’s ice hockey. Three years ago, the Canadiens announced their renewed partnership with the Foundation with a donation of $250,000 spread out over five years (2011 to 2015), donating $50,000 each year.

As a result, Montreal Canadiens President Geoff Molson presented twenty-eight $1,500 scholarships to hockey players between 15 and 17 years of age. Eight of the scholarships were handed out to female hockey players from Quebec’s provincial squad aiming at making the Canadian national team, while twenty scholarships were given to players from the Midget AAA League. The awards ceremony was held at the Bell Centre prior to the game between the Canadiens and the visiting Calgary Flames.

Since 2012, the bursaries are divided in two categories with 16 Academic Excellence Bursaries awarded to student-athletes in hockey who achieved impressive academic results and 12 other students-athletes were awarded an Academic and Athletic Success Support Bursary, created in 2013 to encourage student-athletes in the dual pursuit of academics and athletics, a true challenge for many high performance athletes. This serves as a reminder to athletes that scholastic achievements remain an important eligibility criterion to better prepare for a post-athletic career.

“Part of our implication in the community is made through our commitment to sports activities for children and particularly the growth of young hockey players, thus contributing to the development of the next generation of players,” said Canadiens owner, President and CEO Geoff Molson. “Our goal is not restricted to producing good hockey players, but to make sure that kids enjoy playing the game and realize the importance of a good education as they prepare for adulthood. I congratulate all recipients not only for their achievements but for showing us that success is the result of a strong commitment. Each recipient honoured here today is already a model for those looking to follow in their footsteps.”

“The Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence deeply supports young hockey players to do everything they possibly can to continue on with their academic program and reach their goals. Particularly in the sport of hockey, many players dream about playing at the NHL level but statistics tend to demonstrate that many are called but few are chosen. Preparing for a career after hockey becomes essential in order for them to achieve their full potential professionally, over and above their athletic career. The program also promotes serious and balanced hockey players as role models for the younger generation of hockey players“, said Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence.

Recipients for 2014 were selected based on both their athletic achievements and academic merit while continuing 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’ annual contribution to this bursary program is a social commitment appreciated by both organizations and by the student-athletes. Their support reinforces our athletic and academic development goals for each player,” added Lalonde and Therrien.

Name

First name

Age

City

Team

women’s Academic Excellence bursaries

Audet

Valérie

16

St-Bruno-de-Montarville

Équipe du Nord Midget AAA

Calderone

Alexandra

17

Kirkland

Équipe de l’Ouest Midget AAA

Fillion

Lidia

17

Sherbrooke

Harfangs de l’Estrie LHFDQ

Picard

Eve-Audrey

17

Longueuil

Patriotes du Cégep Saint-Laurent

Yetman

Julia

17

Pierrefonds

Warriors de l’Ouest Midget AAA

women’s academic and athletic support bursaries

Germain

Annie

17

Val d’Or

Titans Cégep de Limoilou

Labelle

Alexandra

17

Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague

Patriotes du Cégep St-Laurent

Lalancette

Stéphanie

17

Saint-Félicien

Titans Cégep de Limoilou

men’s academic excellence bursaries

Alain

Alexandre

16

Québec

Blizzard Séminaire St-François

Blier

Samuel

16

Plessiville

Estacades de Trois-Rivières

Campoli

Michael

16

Pointe-Claire

Lions du Lac St-Louis

Chamberland

Philippe

16

Saint-Lambert

Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne

Girard

Samuel

15

Roberval

Élites de Jonquière

Mongo

Yvan

16

Gatineau

Intrépide de Gatineau

Neveu

Jacob

16

Rouyn-Noranda

Forestiers d’Amos

Pelletier-Leblanc

Philippe

16

Gatineau

Intrépide de Gatineau

Samuel

Antoine

17

Lévis

Commandeurs de Lévis

Santerre

Raphaël

15

Rivière-du-Loup

Albatros du CDN

Truchon-Viel

Jeffrey

17

Saint-Hyacinthe

Gaulois d’Antoine-Girouard

men’s academic and athletic support bursaries

Abbandonato

Peter

15

Laval

Rousseau-Royal de Laval-Montréal

Bergeron-Charron

Guillaume

17

St-Colomban

Vikings de Saint-Eustache

Boucher

Matthew

16

Sainte-Foy

Blizzard Séminaire Saint-François

Brushett

Ryan

15

Baie d’Urfé

Lions du Lac Saint-Louis

Fontaine

Gabriel

16

Sherbrooke

Cantonniers de Magog

Fortin

Alexandre

16

Blainville

Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin

Grégoire

Thomas

15

Sherbrooke

Cantonniers de Magog

Laberge

Samuel

16

Mercier

Grenadiers de Châteauguay

Picard

Jordan

17

Saint-Gabriel de Kamouraska

Albatros du CDN