The Montreal Canadiens Alumni fought the law-and won-during a charity hockey on Sunday at the Strathcona Paper Centre.
The Habs boasted a lineup loaded with former NHLers spanning several decades from their franchise’s rich history, with several Stanley Cup rings on their resume. Providing the competition were staff members from Napanee’s Quinte Detention Centre.
Belleville’s Andrew Shaw, who was still skating in the NHL as recently as 2021 with the Chicago Blackhawks, lit the lamp three times in the Alumni’s 11-5 victory. Norm Dupont, Mathieu Dandernault, Oleg Petrov, Gilbert Dionne and Stéphane Richer also found the back of the net for the one-time Les Habitants. Richard Sévigny was between the pipes for the Canadiens and the 66-year-old former Vezina winner showed he still has a quick glove, robbing some good scoring chances from the QDC skaters.
Among the highlights for the ‘Average Joes’ was when Erika Nolan converted on a penalty shot for Quinte. She was rewarded by being invited to centre ice for a photo with the pros, followed by a towel full of whip cream to the face-all in good fun.
Though the home team came up a few goals short, there were no real losers on the day. The event was a fundraiser for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, a cause very close to the staff at Quinte Detention Centre. Prior to the game fans had a chance to meet-and-greet their hockey heroes at Shoeless Joe’s.