Two Spartans commit to University of Maine
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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