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Creation of the Montreal Canadiens Scholarship Program

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday a $100,000 investment over a three-year period to support the initiatives of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence and create the Montreal Canadiens Scholarship Program to benefit the most promising young players in both women’s and men’s hockey.


Earlier today, Montreal Canadiens’ General Manager Bob Gainey awarded a $1,000 scholarship to 28 young hockey players as part of the Montreal Canadiens Scholarship Program. Eight of those scholarships were given to players between 16 and 18 years old who are members of the Quebec Women’s Hockey Team and who are aiming at a selection on the Canadian Women’s National Team. During a ceremony prior to the game between the Canadiens and the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre, 20 more scholarships were awarded to players from the Midget AAA League.   

“As a professional sports franchise, it is our duty to support the development of hockey and to encourage up and coming players. The future of professional hockey starts with young people enjoying their favorite sport all over the province. It is our responsibility to provide them with the resources for them to succeed. I congratulate all recipients for their achievements,” said Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey.

 “The Foundation is pleased to administrate the new Montreal Canadiens Scholarship Program which will help support our young hockey players in pursuing their development and promote role models among young hockey enthusiasts in Quebec,” stated Foundation President Claude Chagnon.

The 2008 recipients were selected based on their on-ice performances and academic achievements at the high school or collegiate levels. The new Montreal Canadiens Scholarship Program is administrated by the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence in partnership with Hockey Québec and the Midget AAA Hockey League. Mr. Sylvain Lalonde, Executive Director of Hockey Québec and Midget AAA President Claude Gauthier are very pleased with the initiative of the Foundation to support young hockey players. “The Montreal Canadiens Scholarship Program is a natural link with our organizations and it further emphasizes our objectives in terms of the development of individuals through their sporting achievements as well as their academic performances”, added MM. Lalonde and Gauthier.

Among the honored recipients, we should mention the outstanding achievements of Marie-Philip Poulin, a forward who was the last player cut at Midget AAA Lévis Commandeurs boy’s training camp last fall. Marie-Philip was recently named the Top Forward at the Women’s 2008 World U-18 Championship. As well, Louis Leblanc, the Midget AAA  leading scorer and 2007 recipient of the Mario Lemieux Award as the top 15-year old prospect, and Benjamin Casavant, David Gilbert, Nicolas Vallières-Mayer and Sébastien Trudeau who all graduated to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in January 2008.

   THE 28 RECIPIENTS OF THE MONTREAL CANADIENS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM



NAME

AGE

HOMETOWN

TEAM

Maude Blain

17

Magog

Cheminots du Cégep de St-Jérôme

Audrey Bélanger-Cournoyer

17

Montréal

Cheminots du Cégep de St-Jérôme

Camille Dumais

17

Beaconsfield

Blues du Collège Dawson

Vanessa Émond

18

Lévis

Blues du Collège Dawson

Alexandra Garcia

18

Pointe-Claire

Blues du Collège Dawson

Leslie Oles

17

Beaconsfield

Stars de Montréal

Marie-Philip Poulin

16

Beauceville

Stars de Montréal

Lauriane Rougeau

17

Beaconsfield

Cheminots du Cégep de St-Jérôme

Mickaël Audette

17

Granby

Cantonniers de Magog

Vincent Barnard

16

Sept-Iles

Élites de Jonquière

Éric Bourdon

16

Notre-Dame-de l’Ile-Perrot

Patriotes de Châteauguay

Marc-Antoine Carrier

16

St-Michel-de Bellechasse

Commandeurs de Lévis

Benjamin Casavant

17

St-Hyacinthe

Gaulois du Collège Antoine-Girouard

Rocket de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard

Hugo Cuende

16

Laval

Rousseau Sports de Laval-Bourassa

Patrick Doré

16

Blainville

Draveurs de Crabtree

Maxime Frénette

17

Boisbriand

Vikings des Laurentides

David Gilbert

17

Ste-Julie

Gaulois du Collège Antoine-Girouard

Remparts de Québec

Cédric Henley

17

Val d’Or

Forestiers d’Amos

Olivier Hinse

17

Sherbrooke

Cantonniers de Magog

Hubert Joncas

17

Pintendre

Commandeurs de Lévis

Alan Klebansky

17

Pierrefonds

Lions du Lac St-Louis

Louis Leblanc

17

Kirkland

Lions du Lac St-Louis

Jean-Sébastien Lefin

17

Montréal

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