THE CANADIENS IN THE COMMUNITY
Canadiens Alumni President Réjean Houle presented bursaries to young hockey players as they were honoured by the Club Médaille d’or in February 2006. The team has supported this organization for a number of years in an effort to encourage amateur athletes in Quebec.
Young hockey players who excelled on the ice and in the classroom were honoured with Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence. The awards were presented in collaboration with Molson and Jocelyn Proteau, President of the selection committee.
Mike Komisarek, who has experienced firsthand the effects of cancer in his family, was the team’s spokesperson during the Cops Against Cancer campaign. The rugged defenseman didn’t hesitate to shave his head in solidarity with persons who have been affected by cancer.
Canadiens Ambassador Guy Lafleur continues to dazzle fans with his on-ice prowess during fund-raising hockey games, such as this one on March 30 in Pierrefonds. Proceeds from this game went to the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and the West Island Community Shares organization.
Team captain Saku Koivu’s involvement and dedication to the cause continues, season after season, as he regularly meets with young people who are fighting cancer.
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