More than 27,000 Novice and Bantam hockey league girls and boys participated in the Learn, Respect and Fun (LRF) program, launched by the Montreal Canadiens in collaboration with Hockey Quebec. The players signed a contract that also included the signature of Bob Gainey and the official seal of approval from the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club. The contract is a pledge of team spirit, good sportsmanship and respect, to be honoured by both the players and the coaching staff. LRF teams had the chance to take part in several activities during the season.
The LRF Tour
A truck bearing the Canadiens team colours travelled throughout Quebec to promote the LRF program among young Habs fans. Mascot Youppi! was also a member of the LRF squad, joining ex-Hab Gaston Gingras, who was part of the 1986 Stanley Cup winning Canadiens. Gingras is the LRF’s captain.
Tim Hortons’ Coaching Day
The third annual Tim Hortons Coaching Day brought a record-setting 500 Novice and Bantam coaches from the four corners of Quebec to the Bell Centre on October 2 for a full day of training by the Montreal
Esso Minor Hockey Festival
Fourteen randomly selected teams involved in the LRF program participated in the Esso Minor Hockey Festival on January 7. The youths attended a Canadiens game in the afternoon and then hit the Bell Centre ice themselves for friendly pick-up games.
The LRF Gala underlined the sustained efforts of deserving teams, namely the Jets-2 Novice A from St-Hubert named LRF Team of the year.
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