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Bouillon plays in charitable ball hockey games

Oct 27, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

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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.

  1. blomfeld - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM


    Good on this Bouillon fellow for doing the “right thing” and setting yet another example for the way locked-out NHL players “ought” to be behave during their work stoppage. It’s because of wonderful “acts of decency” like this, that one can still maintain hope that “greed” has yet to completely carry the day.

    ps: Hochelaga (village) was the original First Nations name for what would eventually become the city of Montreal … of course I know that our French Canadian friends here would have known that already, eh ? :)

    • id4joey - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      blomfeld, you’re on the money with your post. I know this organization very well (JSH). I played minor and junior hockey againist them, and also played junior hockey for them. My first coaching gig was with this organization when I was in my last year of junior hockey, and I actually was head coach for the junior team years after. They were absolutely a class organization, and I have first hand account of them helping youngsters. Kids first! Reading this article brought back memories of good times (we actaully won 1 provincial chamopionship), but more importantly it was about the trust we built between the kids and their parents. Go Francis!

      • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:04 AM

        Id4joey – that’s an extremely interesting post friend … and you do sound like a “quality” human being yourself … good show ! … jolly good show ! :)

      • id4joey - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:23 AM

        Thanks, blomfeld. Hockey and all those volunteers continue to help shape young men and women for the future. One kid I coached at JSH took a wrong turn and ended up doing time. While inside he wrote a letter saying how much he appreciated the coaching and guidance, and that he wished he would have followed our advice.

  2. valoisvipers - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Merci Blomfeld, and I will extend your history lesson onto the Native and English minorities still repressed in Hochelaga, err Ville Marie, err Montreal. I must limit this English post to 101 characters or the Language Police will force me to retype in the Official Language of French.

    • blomfeld - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      “Au chante” my friend ! :) I’ll have you know that as a Montreal native myself and despite the fact that my bloodlines have been antagonists with them for centuries, I do personally and seriously love the French ! :) They’ve got to be the absolute “coolest” people going anywhere !

      • valoisvipers - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        Blomfeld, my fellow West Islander, I suspect that your roze coloured glasses or living 3000 miles away have skewed your view, of the coolest people, as from here, friend, they seem to be down right cold, but I will brave on with a smile on my face, despite knowing that I am not welcome here.

      • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:58 AM

        Valoisvipers – Allow me to qualify my statement by saying that my admiration is meant for the French in France as opposed to the French in Canada. My mum and dad were English and German respectively and they came to Montreal as immigrants in the mid 50’s. As a basic family unit, we lived in numerous areas including NDG, Ville Brossard, Rosemont, etc … we never lived in the English enclave of the West Island. We left Montreal in 1969 and I’ve personally never been back. But from what I’ve seen and heard over the years, your comments unfortunately reflect “that” which I suspect to be the case today ? And that’s a shame, as I’ve always felt that “cultural diversity” can be the “spice” of life, especially when embraced with an open and happy heart … whereas “cultural hegemony” is often nothing more than just a recipe for societal despair and eventual decay.

  3. valoisvipers - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Hi Blomfeld, Ah living here in the 60’s was a pleasent era for sure but the times and political climate have changed for the worse. I do agree that there is a huge difference between the French from France and the French Quebecer. I do also see that the problem with the French is with those that live in Montreal and not the ones living outside in rural areas where English and French can cohab together without any language issues but in Montreal one doesn’t dare speak to another on the elevator. Sad but true. Congrats to your Kings they wanted it the most and deserve what they got, the Holy Grail of Hockey.

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