By Marianne Curtis
The community of St. Malo is showing their pride of four locally born and raised athletes that call the community “home”.
On May 12, the St. Malo Chamber of Commerce unveiled their new “Proud to be the home of…” sign which is located along Highway 59 as visitors enter the community from the north. The sign acknowledges that hockey greats Travis Harmonic, Richmond Gosselin and Daniel Lambert, along with musher David Hochman were all born and raised in St. Malo.
According to Lorraine Jones-Racine, president of the St. Malo & District Chamber of Commerce the project was initiated to show the community’s pride at being the hometown of all four athletes.
“This project took more than a year to design, finance and finally construct,” explained Jones-Racine. “The chamber thanks that many people that contributed to this project – we couldn’t have completed it without their help.”
St. Malo’s claim to fame started when Richmond Gosselin was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1976. He would later play for the Winnipeg Jets during the 1978-79 season.
Daniel Lambert was next hometown hero when he was selected by the Quebec Nordiques and turned pro in 1990. He started his career by splitting his time playing professional hockey for the Fort Wayne Comments and the American League Halifax Citadels. He was eventually traded to the Winnipeg Jets but never given a chance in the NHL. Instead he decided to play internationally and went on to play successfully for international teams, concluding the Hannover Scorpians in Germany until 2009.
Travis Harmonic is the next generation of hockey star to come from the community. He was was a member of the gold medal winning team Canada Under-18 team in Kazan, Russia. In 2008, he was drafted by the New York Islanders. Currently Hamonic is a key contributor on the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors.
In a sport completely different from hockey, David Hochman is one of the top 10 mushers in the world. What started as a means to make delivering newspapers easier during the winter, Hochman has competed many times, including in the famous 10 day 1000 killomter Iditarod Sled Race in Alaska. In Manitoba, he has been named Manitoba champion three times, but his favourite memory was when he finally won the Festival du Voyageur, after nineteen attempts.
Visitors driving through St. Malo will notice this huge sign that proudly acknowledges four professional athletes that call the community home.