Canadiens defencemen Francis Bouillon hasn’t forgotten his roots in east-end Hochelaga-Maisonneuve or the concept of giving back.
As a boy, like many other children over the years, Bouillon received hockey equipment from Jeunes Sportifs Hochelaga. As an adult, Bouillon has kept close ties with the non-profit organization and even came to its rescue in 2010 when it was headed toward bankruptcy.
On Saturday afternoon, Bouillon and former Habs Steve Bégin and Maxim Lapierre will take part in three outdoor ball hockey games with the proceeds going to Jeunes Sportifs Hochelaga.
People have signed up to play in the four-on-four games — two of them for adults and one for kids. Participants are supposed to make a “symbolic donation” to the organization. The public can watch for free.
The action will unfold on Préfontaine St. in front of the building that Bouillon bought with a friend and an entrepreneur from Jeunes Sportifs Hochelaga when it was struggling financially. It’s just down the street from the arena that now bears Bouillon’s name.
You can read Brenda Branswell’s story about Bouillon giving back to his community by clicking here.
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