The former player of the National Hockey League (NHL) native of Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Junior Lessard, is very proud to say that he inaugurated the new arena in the municipality where he took his first steps on the skates.
The Center Frameco was inaugurated in style on Friday, with the presentation of a preparatory game for the Quebec Remparts.
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“It was an honor for me to be the first to jump on the icy surface, launched the one who disputed nearly 30 matches in the Bettman circuit. I spent several hours in the old arena and I was very happy to share this moment with the young people.”
According to him, it is much more motivating for hockey players to practice their favorite sport in a modern place. “The rooms are superb and spacious while the floor-to-ceiling windows resemble those used in professional homes.”
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Inspiring for young people
Lessard was very happy that the people of Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce were able to attend a game of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) without traveling too far and he believes that this can inspire more than one.
“Children need role models and it was a great opportunity for them to see talented hockey players. It allows them to dream.”
Remparts forward from Lac-Etchemin, Pier-Olivier Roy, agreed. He believes that this visit made young people realize that it is possible to reach this level with effort, no matter where you come from. The latter was also very happy to play in his hometown and this match brought back fond memories.
“I was in sports studies in high school at Saint-Joseph. It's been five years since I left the family nest, so it was special to come back to play here in the juniors, ”said the striker who played in front of his relatives and friends.
A drop normal
Compared to the mid-1990s and early 2000s, the number of Quebecers in the National Hockey League has decreased. In this regard, Lessard believes that it all starts with the passion of young people.
“They have to touch the ice as often as possible without this wish being that of others. With an infrastructure like the one we have, it will definitely be beneficial. That said, hockey is more and more practiced in the world and it is normal that there are fewer players from La Belle Province”, adding that it greatly favors multisport in the development of an athlete.< /p>
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