|BENEFIT GAME IN AID OF THE|
|MONTREAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL|
|Once again the John Abbott Islanders played a
very active role within our hockey community. Their objective was to support all young players
in their hockey, academic and personal development. Consistent with this philosophy
was the retention of 15 year old Brent Mingo as the Islanders' honorary captain.
(See picture of Brent scoring again!)
The Montreal Children's Hospital has played a vital role in the life of Brent and in the lives of the
other youngsters shown below. For the third consecutive year the Islanders held a benefit game in
support of the important work being done at that institution.
On behalf of the John Abbott Islander Men's Hockey Team, the Montreal Children's Hospital Neuroscience Ward and the committee of the Brent Mingo Fund, I would like to thank you for your involvement in our biggest ever event.
Enclosed you will find a copy of all our sponsors & donators and a copy of the night's events along with a letter written by a student 3 years ago after our first game.
Thank you again so very much.
Brent Mingo Fund
A HUGE THANK YOU TO / UN GROS MERCI À:
John Abbott Sports & Recreation Department (Glenn & Steve)
John Abbott Student Activities Department (Jill, Diane & Bill)
Macdonald Athletics (Bill, Sylvia, Don, Arena Staff
This being the last year for the John Abbott Men's Hockey Team, we would like to thank
everyone who has made this event so very special. Thank you to Spiro from Dagwoods who has
sponsored a post-game meal for every event and the Lennoxville Cougars who have been our
visiting team for the past 3 years. And "YOU THE FANS" who have made this event the best yet.
C.U. AT OUR NEXT EVENT / À LA PROCHAINE
"Oh what a night" is the only way to sum up Friday, February 26th. The day began with many volunteers setting up the rink and raffle table which was sponsored by Blockbuster Video on St-Charles Blvd in Kirkland for what was to be a very exciting night. At this time, I would like to walk you through the evening. There was a pre-game reception put on by the nurses of the Neuroscience Ward at which the families of Brent, Jordan & Meagan, along with special guests
were all in attendance.
The pre-game warm-up at the rink was watched by over 500 fans who had come early to get a seat. At 7:30 p.m., Mr. Jacques Turgeon, our Master of Ceremonies, walked to center ice and began to introduce some very special people: rep from JAC, Mr. Glenn Ruiter, rep from hospital, Shirley Straughton, rep from the Montreal Alouettes, Mr. Mike Soles. Then Mr. Turgeon asked if Miss Meagan Harney & mom Sandra, Jordan Gillis & mom Lori, along with Brent's mom, Kim would come to centre ice. The question was then asked to Kim "Where is Brent?" At this time to the roar of the crowd, Brent Mingo, along with captain Patrick Bilodeau, stepped onto the ice to the music of "Rocky" and skated around the rink to a deafening noise of over 1,100 cheering fans who had packed the arena. Brent came to center ice to take the opening faceoff, which he very soundly won much to the delight of all.
During the 1st and 2nd period of play, there were people selling raffle tickets for a chance to win over 160 prizes all donated by very special people and companies. The excitement during this time was overwhelming.
At the start of the 3rd period, Brent, dressed in full equipment, lead the Islanders onto the ice for
the final time at home to once again a very deafening noise.
captain Jocelyn Perreault of Lennoxville drew for 2 Montreal Canadiens hockey tickets and Shirley Straughton for a $50.00 gift certificate at Murphy's Restaurant in Ste-Anne de Bellevue.
At this time, the excitement was mounting when Jacques asked Kim, Wayne & Brent to come out
and present the cheque for the amount of $17,560. The place went wild. Within minutes, Patrick Bilodeau & Brent started around the rink soon to be followed by the Islander players carrying
Meagan & Jordan along with the big cheque for all to see. The Cougars had formed an arch with
their sticks for the Islanders to go through and the rink was rocking with the music of Tina Turner
"You're Simply the Best". Looking over into the crowd, all you could see was crying, cheering
people - a very special moment.