‘Cool’ party for Octogenarian
Therecan’t be too many people around who would celebrate their eightieth birthday with a rousing game of ice hockey, but that’s exactly how Stanstead’s Gilles Plouffe celebrated his birthday last Saturday. Mr. Plouffe thought he was attending just one of the four or five hockey games that he plays every week when he went to the Pat Burns Arena on Saturday, only to be surprised by family and friends who had organized a special party for him right there at the arena.
A special hockey game was played, with four generations on one team. “Gilles played defence, his son, grandson and two great-grandsons, Tristan and Thiery, played too,” said Gisele Roy, a relation by marriage. After the game, family and friends enjoyed a spaghetti dinner up in the arena’s restaurant.
According to his wife, Simone Plouffe, Gilles began playing hockey at five years of age in 1937. Today he plays on four different teams, playing in Stanstead, Lennoxville and Sherbrooke.
Eighty year-old Gilles Plouffe, second from left, gets ready to celebrate his birthday by playing a game of hockey. Seen here with Gilles Plouffe (2nd from left) are (standing l. to r.) Marc Plouffe, Simone Plouffe, Ginette Plouffe, Joanne Plouffe and (kneeling l. to r.) Linda Plouffe and Lise Plouffe.