Montreal Canadiens Alumni lineup set for Dec. 1 charity game



By Ron Giofu


The Montreal Canadiens Alumni lineup is set for the Dec. 1 charity game.

The Alumni will battle a group of police officers, firefighters and business owners from around the community who will be representing the Rotary Club of Amherstburg. The Rotary Club is presenting the game at the Libro Centre with proceeds going to Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

The Canadiens’ lineup will feature players from the 1980’s, 1990’s and the 2000’s, some of whom have won Stanley Cup championships with the team.

Former Vezina Trophy winner Richard Sevigny will be in goal for the Montreal alumni with other players set to include one of the first Russian-born players to play for the Habs, Oleg Petrov. Keith Acton, who played part of his 15-year career with the Canadiens, is also scheduled to be in Amherstburg that Saturday night as is Pierre Dagenais, who called Montreal one of his homes during his NHL career.

Gilbert Delorme, the Habs’ top pick in the 1981 draft, is also scheduled to appear, as is Sergio Momesso, a member of the 1986 Stanley Cup championship team and current colour commentator for Habs’ games on TSN 690 in Montreal, is also listed as one of the players scheduled to attend.

Another 1986 Stanley Cup champion and TSN 690 personality, Chris Nilan, is also scheduled to play that night. Nilan, a renowned enforcer, holds the NHL record for most penalties in a single game with ten during a 1991 contest.

Mike Weaver, who played the final two seasons of his 14-year NHL career in Montreal before retiring in 2015, is also scheduled to be at the Libro Centre that night. Another former Hab defenseman, Marc Andre Bergeron, is also listed as coming to town.

Patrice Brisebois, the recipient of the Jean Beliveau Trophy in 2009, spent 18 seasons in the NHL, most of them with the Canadiens where he won a Stanley Cup ring in 1993. Brisebois is also scheduled to attend, as is Guillaume Latendresse, who played four of his seven NHL seasons with the Canadiens and is now a hockey analyst on the French sports network RDS. Latendresse was also part of the gold medal winning Canadian team at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship.

The coach of the team that night will be Yvon Lambert, who scored more than 200 goals in his eight seasons with the Canadiens and won four Stanley Cups. Perhaps his most famous goal was the overtime winner in Game 7 of the 1979 Stanley Cup semi-finals to eliminate the Boston Bruins.

Tickets are available at and will be available at the door, unless the game is a sell-out beforehand. Tickets are $20 each. There is a family pack (four tickets) available for $70 and $75 VIP tickets are also available.

Rotary Club bringing Montreal Canadiens alumni to town for charity game



By Ron Giofu


A charity hockey game will be coming to the Libro Centre Dec. 1 with some NHL heroes pitted against some local heroes.

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg has announced that Amherstburg will be a stop on the Montreal Canadiens alumni tour with the Habs alumni going head-to-head with local heroes and business owners. Rotary Club of Amherstburg president Joan Donaldson said they are trying to line up local firefighters, police officers and business owners to play against the Montreal alumni.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Montreal Canadiens Alumni to bring this unique event to Amherstburg,” said Donaldson. “It’s going to be an exciting event at the Libro Credit Union Centre Dec. 1, with local players from our police force, fire department, and businesses.”

Donaldson said the Rotary Club was approached about taking on the event and decided to do so.

“The (Montreal Canadiens) alumni does charity events all over the country,” Donaldson explained.

All funds raised will continue to support the work of the Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

“We looked at the organization and what they do for the community,” said Donaldson.

As for which former Montreal players are coming, that won’t be known until later in the month, but Donaldson assured “these are high calibre players that are coming.”

Donaldson said “this will be a big event for us” with the Rotary Club possibly entertaining more such events, depending on how the Dec. 1 game turns out. She said manager of recreation services Rick Daly has been very supportive, as has Brian Da Silva from the Montreal Canadiens Alumni.

The Montreal Canadiens Alumni will be at the Libro Centre playing against local Amherstburg heroes Dec. 1. The game is presented by the Amherstburg Rotary Club with proceeds going to Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

“The Montreal Canadiens Alumni team is composed of some of the Habs’ most loved players over the years,” stated Da Silva.

The game will take place at the Libro Credit Union Centre and tickets will go on sale Oct. 9 for $20 each. There is a family pack (four tickets) available for $70 and $75 VIP tickets also available.

The VIP tickets also include a pre-game reception and “meet and greet” with the Montreal Canadiens Alumni team. Donaldson said there will be a limit of two items that can be signed for VIP ticket holders.

Tickets are available at and in person at the Libro Credit Union Centre, though Donaldson stated advance tickets may not be available at the Libro Centre until roughly one week before the event. Tickets will be available at the door, unless the game is a sell-out beforehand.

In addition, super fans can purchase a chance to share the ice with the Montreal Canadiens Alumni with spots as referees, linesmen and assistant coach with the Habs.

“This event brings together all that is truly Canadian about hockey and promises to delight fans of all ages,” said Mayor Aldo DiCarlo in a press release. “We are honoured to welcome the Montreal Canadiens Alumni team to our premier facility, and we extend a special thank you to the Rotary Club of Amherstburg for their tireless fundraising efforts within our community.”

Donaldson said the Rotary Club of Amherstburg is very excited to be hosting the event and that she is pleased with how engaged club members are in presenting the game.

“We are ongoing in looking for people who want to contribute to our program or be a sponsor,” she added. “The more we make, the more we can give to (ACS).”

For additional information please contact Joan Donaldson 519-817-5728, or Susanne Bergeron at
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The Montreal Canadiens Alumni team plays 50 to 60 games a year and last year raised over $1 million for different charitable organizations.


House Youth Centre calling all alumni for reunion BBQ



By Jolene Perron


“Tracking down 40+ years of people is a very tricky and overwhelming task. Especially since all of the contact information we have for these alumni are the contact information they listed as teenagers.”

House Youth Centre activities coordinator Rebecca Vander Vaart explained since they only have two full-time staff members, the idea for the get-together has taken well over a decade and it’s often been something that’s been put on the back burner but they have finally just decided to go for it. By contacting a few alumni from the 70s and 80s that live in the area, they were able to start a bit of a domino effect and word of mouth has helped them to reach more.

“A lot of our program revolves around the idea of history, tradition and community,” said Vander Vaart. “I think it’s important that our current students get to see that they’re a part of something bigger than themselves, they’re part of a ‘family’ that expands across decades.”

It is also equally important, she said, for the alumni to know The House is still around and doing mentoring youth in the exact same fashion they did when they were teenagers. While many things have changed since The House was founded in 1971, the fundamental needs of the youth have not.


The very first Family Reunion BBQ is being hosted at The House September 23 for anyone who was involved in The House during the 70s. Vander Vaart said they are putting together a bunch of fun ways to show off some memories from the 70s, and a portion of the evening will even be dedicated to sitting down together for a traditional House meeting.

“This reunion is the first, but not the last,” said Vander Vaart. “In September 2018 our reunion will be for the alumni from the 80s, in September of 2019 it will be for the 90s alumni, September 2020 for those involved from 2000 t0 2010, and in 2021 everyone will be invited for a massive reunion to celebrate out 50th anniversary.”

Coinciding with these reunions, a couple of The House’s volunteers are kick starting a “senior group” this fall, which will be open to anyone who has ever been involved in The House, may they have graduated in 1971 or 2016. Vader Vaart explained the group will be meeting on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. for about three or four hours.

“These nights will host a traditional House meeting for anyone looking to reconnect,” said Vander Vaart. “It’s basically an adult version of our youth programs. Our youth program is based on social and emotional health, identity development, and community engagement. The need for thought provoking conversation on these things doesn’t stop when we hit 18.”
Vander Vaart said the goal for both of these initiatives is to reach The House alumni and let them know The House is still here, and everyone is still welcome.

Anyone who is interested in gathering more information about the reunions or the senior group can call The House at 519-736-6811, or e-mail
“At The House, we like to call ourselves a family,” said Vander Vaart. “That family isn’t just your grade level group. It’s 40+ years worth of people who have had their life changed for the better in this building.”

Amherstburg Stars Alumni Camp later this month


By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Stars Alumni hockey camp returns later this month with the aim of having local players sharpen their skills in time for the 2017-18 season.

The camp will be at the Libro Centre Aug. 14-18 and is geared for male and female players ages 5-17. It will feature three hours of on ice training per day and another 90 minutes of off ice training per day.

“The camp will feature power skating and skill enhancement sessions, followed by competitive three-on-three situations and small area games. all looking to improve skating, stick handling, puck control, endurance, and offensive and defensive situations,” said Kyle Burns.


Burns and Corey Beaulieu will join goalie coach Brian Spearing and camp organizer Glen Holden as instructors during the week-long camp.

“Right now we have approximately 45 players registered, with room for 60 players,” said Burns.

To register, please contact Glen Holden at 519-965-2049 or by e-mail at

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $325 for the five-day camp and participants will receive lunch daily, a jersey and a camp T-shirt.

“This is our fifth year and so far our non-profit group has donated close to $7,000 back to AMHA and its members through donations and post secondary school bursaries,” noted Holden. “We’re also hoping Michael DiPietro will be able to make an appearance at our camp like in previous years.”