SAINT LAURENT, QC, July 21, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Saint Laurent The administration is very pleased to announce that the ice hockey Olympic champions Danièle Sauvageau and Kim St-Pierre serve as ambassadors for the reopening of the Aréna Raymond-Bourque. In particular, they will take part in the great celebrations that are planned for Saturday 3 September 2022to mark the inauguration of this renovated building.
They are both connected Saint Laurentsince Danièle Sauvageau was a police officer in the district for a number of years and Kim St Pierre lives here where her children are members of the Saint-Laurent Hockey Club.
Both ambassadors are available for interviews upon request.
“Saint Laurent strives to cultivate excellence in all areas of activity. What better choice than two Olympic hockey champions connected to our community and territory to become ambassadors for the September 3rd Reopening of the Arena Raymond-Bourque? On behalf of our Council, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to both of you! Our young arena users will not only enjoy the fully renovated building, but will also be inspired by these two incredible sporting role models. Excellence can also be found in the architectural innovations of this new arena, which will achieve a remarkable 40% energy savings while aiming for LEED Silver certification.”
Alan DesousaMayor of Saint Laurent
“As I often say, to lead a team to victory, you have to accept the challenges and work as a team against adversity. It is probably also this formula that the Saint Laurent Teams and contractors achieved these spectacular results at the Aréna Raymond-Bourque. I am proud and happy, even as a former member Saint Laurent police officer to promote this new ice rink to encourage young people to participate in sporting activities. I look forward to seeing you all there September 3rd for the housewarming party!”
“Hockey is my passion and this sport has given me some of the best emotions of my life. To be able to pass this happiness on to young people today, especially my own Saint Laurent I enjoy the community I live in and my children play hockey in! You are lucky enough to be able to use the refurbished Raymond-Bourque Arena – a beautiful, modern and perfect environment to play hockey. So join us September 3rd to celebrate – all together – this new temple of ice sports!”
Kim St Pierre
Arena improvements details
The renovation work, which began in September 2019, aims to refurbish all rooms and upgrade electro-mechanical systems to meet current standards, enabling energy savings of almost 40% for this project, which is aiming for LEED Silver certification.
Saint Laurent Sports enthusiasts will be happy to discover the new ice rinks at public ice skating from June 1st, 2017 22nd of July. Note that both ice rinks, named A and B, have been completely remodeled, with a new scoreboard and an even better pro shop. Rink A even replaced its 1,144 seats and Rink B new grandstands. Users will also appreciate the lobby, which features a wood design consistent with the original construction.
The Aréna Raymond-Bourque is also more accessible and inclusive, as the spaces reserved for wheelchair users are now located in the middle of the two ice rinks. Other improvements have also been made to consolidate universal accessibility, including a single-level entrance.
The staff and the three Saint Laurent Clubs using the ice rinks are not overlooked either. ice Hockey Saint Laurentthe Figure Skating Club (CPA Saint-Laurent) and the Ringuette Saint-Laurent will benefit from renovated dressing rooms and offices.
Those accompanying them, and especially parents, can now look forward to a much more user-friendly and health-focused food and drink range, since “trans fat” foods, fried foods and sugary drinks have been eliminated since 2008.
Most importantly, the renovations have made it possible to maximize energy savings, for example through energy-efficient LED lighting. Since 2000, the community has also been a pioneer in the use of conditioners, having purchased two electric machines that emit no greenhouse gases. Just like the refrigeration system, which also uses six times less ammonia and thus increases safety.
Last but not least, the Aréna Raymond-Bourque was one of the first in Québec to install a tailings pond, allowing it to collect floating paint residue when the ice melts in the spring. This reduces the turbidity of the water fed to the treatment plant, making it easier to treat the water fed to it from all arenas in the same period of time.
These renovations are indeed among the district’s priority projects for 2022 under the Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and the Climate Emergency Plan, including a component to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from municipal buildings.
The renovations were made possible under the Ville de Montréal program to help modernize the city’s arenas to meet current standards – a program targeting the city’s 34 arenas. The work represents an investment of $280.8 million, of which 65.23% was funded by Ville de Montréal Service of the Grand Parc, Mont Royal and Sports and 34.77% through Saint Laurent. Financial support from $7,500,000in the same proportions, was also provided by the Ministère de l’Education et de l’Enseignement supérieur.
About Daniele Sauvageau
As head coach of canada As a women’s hockey team, she led the national team to their first-ever medal—and gold—at the 2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake City. She then became the first female analyst at Radio-Canada’s Traditional Soirée du Hockey.
Danièle Sauvageau was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the Hockey Canada Female Breakthrough Award in 2021.
She also worked with the for 33 years City of Montreal Police Department (SPVM) and the RCMP.
Today, Danièle Sauvageau uses her expertise, her studies in social work and management and her many years of experience to advise high-performing coaches and executives. She is also passionate about sharing her lessons and insights at her conferences.
She is currently President and Head Coach of the High Performance Hockey Centre—Centre 21.02.
And finally she was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in July 2013.
Around Kim St Pierre
Kim St Pierre is a hockey goalkeeper. She was a member of canada women’s ice hockey team from 1999 to 2011 and won three Olympic gold medals, including the first ever at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake Cityfollowed by Turin (2006) and vancouver (2010). Kim St Pierre won nine World Championship medals (five gold and four silver) with the Montreal Stars in addition to the Clarkson Cup in 2009 and 2011. On October 23, 2008She became the first woman to attend a training session with the Montreal Canadiens, replacing Carey Prize who was ill at the time. She was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020, becoming the first goaltender to receive this prestigious honor. In 2022 she was awarded the Order of Hockey Canada for her entire career.
Kim St Pierre now works in the field of physical activity and firmly believes that participation in a variety of sports plays an essential role in the development process of young athletes. She is also a speaker, telling her outstanding story, and a member of the RDS team of ice hockey commentators.
Raymond-Bourque Arena Free Ice Skating Schedule (Montreal.ca)
Video presentation of the work at the Aréna Raymond-Bourque (in French) (December 14, 2021)
Daniele Sauvageau (website)
Kim St Pierre (Website)
About the district Saint Laurent
A city founded in 1893, Saint Laurent became one of Montreal’s 19 boroughs in 2002. Located north of the island of Montreal, Saint Laurent is the largest district of all at 42.8 square kilometers. Its population of over 100,000 is one of the most multicultural. After becoming a “Sustainable Municipality” in 2019, the district’s administration places sustainable development – and in particular respect for the environment – at the heart of all its decisions: a challenge all the greater since more than 70% of its territory is dedicated to industry and commercial activities with over 4500 companies and 110,000 jobs. In fact, it is home to one of Québec’s most important industrial and technological centers. Already with good accessibility to the most important motorways and public transport, Saint Laurent prepares to welcome 5 stations in the new Réseau Express Metropolitain (REM) light rail network. And last but not least with Saint Laurent two libraries, its Center des loisirs (recreation centre), its modern Complexe sportif, its arena and around 50 parks, a wide range of services is offered in many fields of activity such as culture, sport and recreation. In this way, Saint Laurent The administration ensures a high quality of life for the families living in the district as well as a stimulating environment for companies.
SOURCE Ville de Montréal – Arrondissement de Saint Laurent
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