Oct 27, 2012, 10:50 PM EST
Francis Bouillon joined former Montreal Canadiens Steve Bégin and Maxim Lapierre in a series of ball hockey games to benefit Jeunes Sportifs Hochelaga, an organization that helped him afford equipment during his youth.
Bouillon has helped the outfit repeatedly during his career – including when it was threatened with bankruptcy – according to Brenda Branswell of the Montreal Gazette.
“They paid for hockey equipment … It really wasn’t expensive to play hockey,” Bouillon said. “So I was able to benefit from all those good things.”
“It’s a way to give back.”
The organization allows beginners, pre-novice and novice-level players to borrow most types of equipment aside from skates and sticks, Branswell reports.
Bouillon needed to fight his way to the NHL level (and might need to catch a break or two if this season never happens), but it’s clear that he remembers the people who helped him get there.
- Pat Quinn, ‘one of hockey’s most respected individuals,’ has died 5
- NHL on NBCSN: Bruins seek perfect game vs. Penguins 3
- Legendary hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov has died 8
- Canucks’ Hamhuis placed on IR 3
- Firing Dallas Eakins ‘would be so unfair,’ says Taylor Hall 31
- ‘It sucks for us, it sucks for the fans’: Oilers losing skid hits six games 17
- Video: Milan Lucic calls Dalton Prout one-punch ‘gutless’ 97
- ‘We did not want to disrespect our fans’: Leafs salute supporters after beating Red Wings 5
- Video: Demers sends Stoll flying with massive open-ice hit 8
- Don Cherry on Leafs not saluting fans: ‘I couldn’t believe these guys would do something like this’ 16
- Video: Milan Lucic calls Dalton Prout one-punch ‘gutless’ (97)
- Prout drops Lucic: ‘As far as I was concerned we were engaged in a fight’ (87)
- The Leafs didn’t salute their fans last night, so that’s a thing now (78)
- Jack Johnson filed for bankruptcy, parents allegedly took advantage of him (58)
- Wild put Harding on waivers (Updated) (52)