By Marianne Curtis
In the middle of February, fans of the Montreal Canadiens are in for a special treat when a team consisting of all-star alumni will take on a local team in an expedition game hosting in Ile Des Chenes.
On February 11, the Ile Des Chenes Minor Hockey Association (IDCMHA) is presenting the Montreal Canadien Alumni game as part of a fundraiser to raise money for the club. A team of eleven hockey alumni, with Guy Lafleur (dubbed the Blonde Demon) is head coach, will face a local team, ready to taste of glory of taking on their old hockey heroes.
“Montreal Canadiens fans are the easiest ones to get drooling at the mouth,” said Marc Palud, IDCMHA’s fundraising coordinator. “Île des Chênes is a French-speaking community and there are lots of Canadiens fans in small-town Manitoba.”
Stephane Richer, who was the last Canadiens’ player to have scored 50 goals in season 1987-1988, Patrice Brisebois, who played with the Canadiens for 16 years and won a Stanley Cup and Richard Sevigny, goalkeeper, who won the Vezina Trophy in 1981 and a Stanley Cup with Montreal will play with the Canadiens Alumni team on this occasion. Other players slated to take to the ice include Sergio Momesso, Jocelyn Lemieux, Normand Dupont, Gilbert Dionne, Mathieu Dandenault, and Gilbert Delorme.
In addition, Lafleur is seeking an assistant coach to be at his side for this game. This once in a lifetime dream can be anyone’s with bidding starting at $750. In addition, two player positions on the Canadiens Alumni team are also available for the duration of the game – for $1,500 two lucky people will play side by side with these eleven great hockey stars.
There are only 650 tickets available to the general public and 100 VIP tickets available at a first come first serve basis. VIP tickets include access to special setting beside the Canadiens bench and invitation to a meet and greet with the players before the game.
An after-game community social will include live band entertainment plus video DJ will take place immediately after the game in the newly constructed TransCanada Center, right next door to the Ile Des Chênes arena.
Game tickets are available at the Ile Des Chênes Country Store and at Wranglers Bar in Ile Des Chênes. Social tickets are $12.50 each, and will be available after February 1t. For more information, go to http://www.IleDesChenesMinorHockey.com or contact Marc Palud, Fundraising Coordinator for IDCMHA at: (204) 800-1313 or by e-mail at: Marc@RepstarAgencies.com
Montreal Canadian Alumni Team head coach Guy Lafleur watches his team practice.