Martin C. Barry
A team consisting of Laval city councillors beat teams from the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board and the Commission scolaire de Laval in the Classique des élus de Laval tournament which was held at the Place de la Nature in eastern Laval on Saturday Feb. 13.
2nd annual tournament
The Laval councillors’ team won the first match against the CSDL 3-2 in shoot-outs. The final score for the game against the SWLSB was 4-3 for the city councillors’ team.
It was the second year the municipal representatives and the school commission officials faced off against each other. Donated proceeds from the games are going towards a fund to encourage academic perseverance by students that both school boards can draw on.
City excels at hockey
It’s worth noting that the city’s team, which also faces off against the school boards during the summer in softball benefit games, has consistently fared much better at hockey, winning all their matches year on year so far.
On the other hand, the school board teams have consistently managed to humiliate the city at softball each summer and they’re probably looking forward to exacting their revenge a few months from now.
Last Saturday’s games were played under the most challenging conditions for the tournament: it was as frigid as it often gets in Nunavut and the wind blowing across the rink made it even colder.
A worthy cause
It’s a testimonial to the determination of all who played or helped organize the event that they followed through on a day like this and didn’t postpone or cancel in the face of adversity – which might have been tempting.
“As elected officials, we just want to make sure that we’re giving back to society and to the students,” said Laval executive-committee vice-president David De Cotis who dropped the puck onto the ice for the official faceoffs. “Even if it’s the coldest day of the year, we’re happy to be here. It’s fun and for us it’s a great cause.”