The Rogers Hometown Hockey tournament which stopped in Chateauguay during the first weekend in February engendered several positive effects, the municipality was delighted to behold.
The pre-game program prior to the Montreal Canadiens-Columbus Blue Jackets contest, broadcast on Sportsnet on Sunday, February 2, placed Chateauguay in the spotlight of honour.
‘’Thanks to the scenes filmed at the Multisport Centre and to the enchanting scenes of Old Chateauguay and Ile St. Bernard, thousands of Canadian people were able to discover the charms of our town and share our passion for hockey,’’ the delighted municipality observed in a communiqué.
Chicago Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford had a starring role in the program, as did multi women’s Olympic gold medallist Kim St. Pierre, who granted an interview to commentators Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, who were present in the mobile studio at the citizens’ Agora.
Rogers also made people happy by handing over a $5,000 cheque to the Chateauguay l’Elan des jeunes group, which offers shelter to youngsters aged 16-22 who are exposed to itinerance. Chateauguay Minor Hockey, meanwhile, received $7,500 ‘’when its (Cavaliers) players brilliantly met the Bank of Nova Scotia shots-on-goal Challenge,’’ the City reported.
Pro Mayor Mike Gendron benefited from the title that was offered him to publicly emphasize the work of Chateauguay Minor Hockey, as well as the Chateauguay Grenadiers and Billings Blazers high school management for their devotion to hockey ‘’and who forged the sporting culture in our community,’’ the communiqué highlighted.
Gendron also accepted, in the name of the City, a jersey with the logo of the Hometown Hockey tournament, framed and autographed by MacLean and Slone.