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Saturday , 28 May 2022

Scholarships awarded as St. Paul Canadiens Alumni make announcements

The St. Paul Canadiens Alumni Foundation held a ceremony before Saturday night’s against the Wainwright Bisons to recognize the new championship banners that hang from the rafters of the Clancy Richard Arena, recognized former players who had passed away, and awarded the first two scholarships to current players on the team.

President of the Alumni Foundation, Pat Lamoureux spoke to the crowd in attendance on the importance of these initiatives, especially for young players and pursuing further education.

“A special night, a special moment. It’s going to give our club next year and in years to come some strength in their recruiting abilities with our scholarship programs,” said Lamoureux. 

Teagen Densmore and Kyler Steinhauer-Morin were the first recipients of the scholarships, sponsored by Saik Insurance and MCSNet.

Kyler Steinhauer-Morin receives the scholarship from Rhonda Lafrances from MCSNet.

 

Teagan Densmore receives a scholarship from Saik Insurance Ltd. – Cooperators.

“We’ve been involved in hockey, my whole life and so on. There’s a lot of commitment to play Junior B in the community and going to school makes it even more difficult. So we’re just trying to help out,” said Shawn Saik. 

Hanging from the rafters of the Clancy Richard Arena is fresh banners for previously unrecognized championships, including a special mention of the Canadiens dominant teams from 1969-1971 that were one of the best in western Canada. These teams were inducted earlier in the St. Paul Canadiens Hall of Fame.

Three former players on those teams were part of a ceremonial faceoff before the game officially teed off.

The three members of the Hall of Fame Canadiens clubs, Erine Mercier, Real Labrie and Danny Smyl with St. Paul Canadiens assistant captain Brendan Levasseur and Wainwright Bisons captain Landon Johnson.

Lamoureux mentioned that major events originally scheduled for this winter could take place in late 2022. That includes the alumni game with the Montreal Canadiens scheduled for October 29, 2022 and the NHL Indigenous alumni game as well. 

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.