• Nick Zacharias

Hockey heroes meet young fans


PHOTO COURTESY CHEVROLET DE L'ÎLE-PERROT

Andrew Shaw, Marie-Philip Poulin, and Paul Byron pose with the excited Sénateurs de Soulanges Novice B team.

It was an exciting Monday evening for about 200 young hockey players who were invited for an exclusive chance to meet with three professional hockey players at an event held at Chevrolet de L’Île-Perrot. Boys and girls from nine local teams, ranging in age from Novice to Midget, got the chance to meet Habs’ wingers Andrew Shaw and Paul Byron, and Montreal Canadiennes captain and three-time Olympic medalist Marie-Philip Poulin.

The three hockey luminaries took generous amounts of time to meet, pose for pictures with, and hand out autographs to the excited kids in attendance.

“As business owners, we believe it is important to invest time and resources in our community,” said Frédéric Racine, Vice President of Cadillac Chevrolet Buick GMC Île-Perrot. He says the team at the dealership is passionate about sports, hockey especially, and that many of the employees there are also engaged as volunteers in local organizations. “That's why we wanted to offer this extraordinary experience to local kids.”

The chance to meet a sports idol is always thrilling for kids, and to meet three who make for such excellent role models is special indeed. Said Racine, “We chose these three people not only for their athletic quality, but because these are people who work extremely hard. They are proud and persevering, but above all, grateful and humble to the people who support them every day.” It’s an attitude he and his team try to match, and the young athletes who got to be there Monday night were not disappointed.

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