Hockey Canada, Quebec paying youth fees in Lac Megantic

Hockey Canada Foundation and Hockey Quebec covering registration costs for 210 youth players in Lac Megantic.

The Hockey Canada Foundation and Hockey Quebec are doing their part to help heal wounds, if just a little bit, in Lac Megantic, Que.

The organizations are covering all fees this season for the 210 registrants in the town’s minor hockey association. The Foundation is donating $50,000 and Hockey Quebec $10,000 during a presentation at 7 p.m. tonight at Pavillon Fernand-Grenier.

“Hockey Canada Foundation and Hockey Quebec is proud to support one of our Canadian communities given the devastation and loss the residents of Lac Megantic suffered,” said Chris Bright, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. “The mandate of our Foundation is to create greater accessibility to the game and we hope this gesture keeps kids on the ice.”

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The Hockey Canada Foundation – which falls under the Hockey Canada umbrella –  was established, in part, to help in-need hockey programs and initiatives across the country. Considering the horrendous devastation that took place in Lac Megantic July 6 when a freight train derailed – killing 47 people and destroying several blocks of buildings – the gesture to reach out is fitting and commendable.