QMJHL Com­mis­sioner hope­ful for Phoenix’s fu­ture, fo­cuses on sup­port­ing play­ers

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - By Em­i­lie Hack­ett Spe­cial th the Record By Gor­don Lam­bie

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.

“Scouts Canada un­for­tu­nately


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.

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