‘Cool’ party for Oc­to­ge­nar­ian

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Stanstead

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.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

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.

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