QMJHL Commissioner hopeful for Phoenix’s future, focuses on supporting players
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) commissioner Gilles Courteau traveled to Sherbrooke for the weekend to celebrate the league’s 50th anniversary.
In an interview with The Record, Courteau noted that the league has come a long way since his arrival as a scorekeeper in 1975.
The league is now composed of 18 teams of players are mostly between 16 and 19 years old.
“These teenagers,” he said, “are on the brink of becoming young adults, and need to be properly surrounded in order to ensure they become well rounded players, students, and citizens.”
Courteau said that the league has put in place tailored “sports-études” programs which help balance life as a hockey player and as a student.
“It’s important to recognize that each player learns differently and has different interests,” Courteau added.
The commissioner shared that he has been involved with the organization for 43 years. He was named President in 1986 and became commissioner in 2000 when the league decided to change his title. Looking back on that time he explained that he feels his greatest achievement within the organization was the league’s expansion into the Maritimes, allowing for an exclusive selection of players, and state-of-the-art sports complexes, and the programs he has helped put in place to facilitate positive growth
Scouts and scouters from across the Saint Francis Valley got together at the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Hut in Lennoxville on Saturday morning to celebrate 100 years of the 1st Lennoxville Scout troop. In an informal, meet-and-greet environment, the current generation of beavers, cubs and scouts ran about the room on their own adventures while past and present leaders, members, and friends of the local scouting movement met and reminisced about days gone by. Along the walls, a pop-up museum of badges, banners, and uniforms of different eras offered visitors a window into the past amid an opportunity to talk about the program’s future in the area.
For Chris Drew, the celebration was both a milestone and a big success.
“Ever since I got started I had that goal that I wasn’t going to let scouting stop,” Said Drew, who is what’s known as the Troop Scouter for 1st Lennoxville, a role he explained makes him essentially the administrator for the group. In an era where community organizations of all stripes are struggling with enrollment and maintaining relevance, the scout leader said that he fixed getting the local group to its 100th anniversary as an important milestone. “I’m very happy with it,” he added, pointing out the large crowd that turned out for the morning.
Drew shared that part of his motivation for wanting to get past scouts together was the sharing of local history.
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Andrew, Braden, Wyatt and Peter Hopkins were all at the Lennoxville scouting reunion on Saturday. Peter, who was a scout leader in the 1970s, is father to Andrew, who grew up in scouting, is a scout leader now, and is, in turn, father to Braden and Wyatt who are in scouts and cubs respectively.