Two Spar­tans com­mit to Univer­sity of Maine

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Two Stanstead Col­lege Var­sity Boys Hockey Spar­tans have com­mit­ted to the Univer­sity of Maine, an NCAA Divi­sion I school in Hockey East. Swan Boivert in ac­tion

Swann Boisvert from Blainville, Que. will join the Black Bears in the fall of 2011, while Dy­lan Gareau of Rich­mond, Ont. has com­mit­ted to 2012 or 2013. Both are in their Grade 12 year at Stanstead Col­lege, Gareau in his first year, Boisvert in his third.

“This is great news for our boys and for the Stanstead Col­lege hockey pro­gram,” said head coach James Rioux. “I am so proud of Swann’s de­vel­op­ment over the past three sea­sons. He’s liv­ing proof that any­thing is pos­si­ble when tal­ent is com­bined with de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

Rioux said Boisvert’s great­est as­sets are his size, speed and abil­ity to pro­tect the puck down low in the of­fen­sive zone. “He’s a big-bod­ied kid with good hands and tremen­dous up­side,” he added.

Gareau ar­rived at Stanstead Col­lege this year as the Spar­tans’ top re­cruit up front.

“He has ful­filled that ex­pec­ta­tion in ev­ery as­pect since day one,” said Rioux. “He com­petes each and ev­ery shift and com­bines ex­cep­tional speed and tal­ent with solid phys­i­cal play, while pos­sess­ing per­haps the hard­est wrist shot in our league. And he’s only 17 years old. There’s no telling how good this kid can be. He has all the tools and a great deal of hockey sense.”

With Sam Garneau-Le­brecque from the 2010 grad­u­at­ing class re­ceiv­ing a full schol­ar­ship to Michi­gan Tech Univer­sity, this makes three Spar­tans in the last two years who have been picked up by Divi­sion I schools. “And there are likely more to come,” added Rioux.

Danny Hobbs, Class of 2006, is cur­rently study­ing and play­ing hockey at Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts Amherst, an­other D1 school.

Boisvert and Gareau are cur­rently the top point earn­ers on the Spartan squad. Right Wing Boisvert has 29 goals and 27 as­sists in 50 games, while Gareau at cen­tre has 26 goals and 29 as­sists in 45 out­tings. Prior to at­tend­ing Stanstead Col­lege, Gareau played with the CJHL Kanata Stal­lions.

Out­side of hockey, both stu­dents were sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tors to this past sea­son’s foot­ball squad, Gareau earn­ing a Se­nior S Award while Boisvert won a pres­ti­gious Ma­jor S Award.

The Univer­sity of Maine is lo­cated in Orono, Maine with an en­roll­ment of 11,500. The Black Bears won the NCAA na­tional cham­pi­onships in 1993 and 1999 and have won the East­ern Con­fer­ence ti­tle in 1989, 1992, 1993, 2000 and 2004.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact James Rioux, Stanstead Col­lege var­sity boys hockey coach and co­or­di­na­tor of hockey pro­grams, at (819) 876-7891, ext. 289 or james.rioux@ stanstead­col­lege.com. Com­mu­nity Of­fi­cer Sgt. Pa­trice Gré­goire had help from a for­mer po­lice chief and in­ves­ti­ga­tor, and mem­ber of FADOQ, Rock Gau­dreault, when he gave a pre­sen­ta­tion about abuse and fraud to mem­bers of CAB RH Rediker yes­ter­day. in­for­ma­tion about how to avoid be­ing a vic­tim of abuse or fraud, yes­ter­day morn­ing. With the help of short videos and sev­eral per­sonal anec­dotes, Sgt. Gré­goire pre­sented use­ful in­for­ma­tion about deal­ing with ageism, iden­tity theft, in­ter­net fraud, door-to-door fraud and se­nior abuse. He had help from a for­mer po­lice chief of Coat­i­cook, Rock Gau­dreault, who is also a mem­ber of FADOQ, a sup­port­ing part­ner of this new “Se­nior Aware” pro­gram which the Com­mu­nity Of­fi­cer will be tour­ing the MRC with through­out the year.

Sgt. Gré­goire demon­strated how fraud­sters, whether they come at their vic­tim over the phone or at the front door, of­ten op­er­ate the same way: “The tech­nique is al­ways the same. You have to make a move now, ei­ther be­cause the sale is only to­day or the work­men are only in your area to­day. It never costs a lot at first but then, sud­denly, there’s a panic to do some­thing.”

One of the videos showed an el­derly woman who agreed to let a pass­ing work­man fix her garage door for $150, only to be told by dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion were also use­ful in show­ing how easy it is to get duped and what peo­ple can do to pro­tect them­selves.

The short videos deal­ing with se­nior abuse and ageism help peo­ple to rec­og­nize this kind of in­jus­tice and learn what they can do for help. “Maybe it’s not you, but some­one you know who is a vic­tim. But there are re­sources and we can find a so­lu­tion within the sys­tem. I am a re­source, your lo­cal CLSC can be a re­source, and even the CAB’s Lynn Wood could be a re­source,” said Sgt. Gré­goire.

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