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MacKenzie Hambly has her Montreal Canadiens T-shirt signed by NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque during a reception prior to the Legends of Montreal charity hockey event in Abram Village.
ABRAM VILLAGE – Nearly 500 fans tuned out at the Evangeline Rec Centre Friday night to meet and watch the Legends of Montreal in a charity hockey game with the Arsenault’s Fish Mart Local Legends.
Representing the Legends of Montreal were Chris Nilan, Stephane Richer, Ray Bourque, Gary Leeman, Andre Dupont, Alain Cote, Gilles Thibadeau, Terry Ryan, former major league baseball star Matt Stairs, and Roy Nolan, Derek Cameron, Donnie Arsenault and Jordan Arsenault.
“It’s collaboration between the Summerside Boys and Girls Club and the Evangeline Recreation Commission,” said Gilles Arsenault, chairman of the commission. “The profits are going to be split between both organizations. We do want to acknowledge and that Arsenault’s Fish Mart for being the major sponsor for this wonderful event.”
The proceeds for the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside will go to support their programs for youth and for the recreation centre commission it will go towards the rink.
“Here for the Evangeline Rec centre, it will be used to maintain and continue on with the rec commission programs and the rink facility,” Arsenault said. “The cost of everything is going up. It’s very expensive and we’re trying to keep the costs for ice rental for families and minor hockey as low as we can. This will be to help offset those costs.”
Arsenault said it is important to have notable figures like the Legends of Hockey come to smaller communities.
“I think its great to have players like this to contribute to the economy of our community and be able to raise the profile of hockey here in the Evangeline area,” he said. “I think a lot of those players have influenced the hockey path for most of these you people. There are many adults here as well. The hockey legends are something that people do value and it’s a great benefit having them here with us and promoting this great activity.”