Oct 27, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT
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.
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