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Eleventh edition of the Montreal Canadiens' Bursary Program

The Montreal Canadiens and the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence awarded bursaries to 28 young student-athletes

by Press Release @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - Since 2008, the Montreal Canadiens and the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (QFAE) have teamed up to reward the most promising Quebec-born student-athletes in men and women's hockey.

Prior to the game between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre, 28 young hockey players each received a $1,500 scholarship.

The recipients were selected for their on-ice achievements as well as their academic results and their involvement in the community.

"As a sports organization, we are honoured and pleased to be able to contribute to the development of these young and talented players," said Geoff Molson, president and CEO of the Montreal Canadiens.

Thanks to the program, which was created 11 years ago, the Montreal Canadiens play an active role in the development of homegrown talent. In 2015, the partnership with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence was
extended for another five years, and an additional $250,000 was invested in the program.

"The Montreal Canadiens are a prestigious and key partner for the QFAE, and to have the support of an organization like the Canadiens makes a real difference for a young hockey player. The bursary is significant, but the recognition from the NHL team goes beyond the financial support," said Claude Chagnon, president of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. "The youngsters are encouraged by the support of their idols and this form of encouragement is true motivation. The QFAE and the Montreal Canadiens will continue to work together to help young players achieve their goals and be successful."

This year, the program rewards 28 student-athletes between 15 and 18 years of age. Eight were awarded to laureate players from the Quebec women's team looking for a spot with Canada's national team, while 20 bursaries were handed out to young hockey players from the Midget AAA level.

A total of 21 scholarships for academic excellence were awarded to student-athletes with notable scholastic results, while seven scholarships for support for academic and athletic achievement were awarded to further encourage better conciliation of sports and academics, which can be a real challenge for a number of elite athletes.

One of the eligibility criteria for the Quebec Foundation of Athletic Excellence scholarships focuses on the scholastic perseverance of young athletes in preparing for a career after sports.

The 28 student-athletes honoured on Wednesday will follow in the footsteps of former laureates, most notably Samuel Girard and Melodie Daoust.

Melodie just returned from her second participation in the Winter Olympics, earning a silver medal with the Canadian Women's squad, and was voted the top player in the tournament. She is a three-time recipient of the Montreal Canadiens bursary program, receiving funds between 2008 and 2010.

Samuel, who is currently a member of the Colorado Avalanche, is also a past recipient of the bursary program, having been selected back in 2010.

The Montreal Canadiens' Bursary Program is administered by the QFAE Excellence, in partnership with Hockey
Quebec and the Midget AAA hockey league.

 

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2018 MONTREAL CANADIENS' BURSARY PROGRAM
(28 scholarships of $1,500 each)

Women's Hockey

Name

Age

Residence

Team

Academic Excellence

Andriana Calderone

17

Kirkland

Warriors-Sud du Lac St-Louis

Sarah-Jane Côté

17

Sherbrooke

Cougars du Collège Champlain-Lennoxville

Joannie Garand

17

Otterburn Park

Lynx du Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

Florence Lessard

17

Québec (Saint-Émile)

Titans du Cégep Limoilou

Michelle Thibault

18

Sherbrooke

Patriotes du Cégep de Saint-Laurent

Academic and Athletic Support

Laurie Fontaine

17

Longueuil

Lynx du Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

Audrey Gervais

17

Saint-Hyacinthe

Islanders du Collège John Abbott

Gabrielle Rousseau

17

Sherbrooke

Cougars du Collège Champlain-Lennoxville

Men's Hockey

Nage

Age

Residence

Team (AAA)

Academic Excellence

Mikisiw Awashish

16

Mashteuiatsh

Élites de Jonquière

Tomas Bordeleau

16

Terrebonne

Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin

Mavrik Bourque

16

Plessisville

Estacades de Trois-Rivières

Elliot Desnoyers

16

Saint-Hilaire

Gaulois de Saint-Hyacinthe

William Dufour

16

Québec (Beauport)

Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François

Mathieu Gagnon

16

Gatineau

L'Intrépide de Gatineau

Jacob Gaucher

16

Richelieu

Gaulois de Saint-Hyacinthe

Patrick Guay

15

Magog

Cantonniers de Magog

Zacharie Labrie

17

La Sarre

Forestiers d'Amos

Francesco Lapenna

15

Laval

Rousseau-Royal de Laval-Montréal

Devon Levi

16

Dollard-des-Ormeaux

Lions du Lac St-Louis

Lucas Mercuri

15

Montréal (Lachine)

Grenadiers de Châteauguay

Jérémie Poirier

15

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

Grenadiers de Châteauguay

Pierre-Olivier Roy

15

Lac-Etchemin

Chevaliers de Lévis

Vincent Sévigny

16

Québec (Cap Rouge)

Estacades de Trois-Rivières

William Villeneuve

15

Sherbrooke (Rock Forest)

Cantonniers de Magog

Academic and Athletic Support

Étienne Arseneau

15

Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame

Jérémie Biakabutuka

15

Longueuil

Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne

Justin Hryckowian

17

Montréal (Île-Bizard)

Lions du Lac St-Louis

Félix Lafrance

16

Saint-Eustache

Vikings de Saint-Eustache

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence

The Foundation has made a name for itself with a personalized approach, a rigorous style of management and its influential role in the sports and education circles. In 2018, the QFAE will award close to $1,425,000 in bursaries to over 500 student-athletes and encourage the conciliation of school and high performance sports. The QFAE teams up with former scholarship recipients and partners towards the success of all laureates in their academic and sports/personal advancement. Please note that the second edition of the Défi 808 Bonneville will be held on September 22 and 23, 2018 at Mont-Tremblant. This major cycling event will benefit the FAEQ. To register log on to defi808bonneville.com

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