Share the Warmth and Montréal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin launched the first edition of Partageons la puck, a hockey fundraising event that will help youth in Bergevin’s childhood neighbourhood of Point St. Charles. In a weekend filled with events that kicked-off last Friday evening with the launch of a calendar by South-West pubs to benefit Share the Warmth and concluded with a silent auction on Sunday, it was Saturday’s hockey event at the venerable St. Charles arena that was the buzz of the festivities. Bergevin is no stranger to that rink as he played his minor hockey there, including as a member of the Ville Emard Hurricanes.
“I am proud to act as Share the Warmth’s ambassador, and to participate in fundraising events like Partageons la puck,” Marc Bergevin said. “It is part of my commitment to help the organization achieve our fundraising goal, and to promote the great work we do in Point St. Charles and beyond.” To aid in this launch, Bergevin called upon Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur to join him as the two squared off as opposing coaches in Saturday’s match. “I get to share my love of hockey with Montrealers, coach alongside legend Guy Lafleur, which is a great honour, all to help the community I grew up in and love,” Bergevin said. For the teams, players had to raise a minimum of $250 to participate and spectators were asked to make a voluntary donation to attend the game. Prior to the opening face-off, there were street hockey games for children to take part in. The event raised over $25,000 that will go towards Share the Warmth’s programs, including music, tutoring, school supplies, and school food, which allows young people to receive the support they would not get otherwise.