March 21, 2023

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A very touching moment for the home team

A very touching moment for the home team

It’s not too late for a big first even after 62 years. To this day, the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament has never hosted a team entirely players from Cree Nation. It is now in a complete and wonderful way.

Cree Nation bears are far from visible. They won their BB class duel over the Barons de Quebec Nord-Est 5–4 in the shootout. The whole feel of the show!

“It simply came to our notice then. Here are the Cree players, but not the whole team. It is an honor to be here. We are grateful for all the support we have from the indigenous people. This is a new experience for our youth, ”said coach William Saganash.

An emotional moment

It is impossible for Cree society not to realize the magnitude of the moment.

At the pre-game protocol ceremony, Mandy Gul-Masti was joined by Cree Nation’s Grand Chief, Ian Lafrenier, Minister for Tribal Affairs, and Remy Vincent, Grand Chief of the Huron-Vendot Nation. .

In this case, during their first visit to the VideoTron Center, the young Bears initially looked a bit scared before launching.

“Young people are very excited when they come here. It was an honor to be there for them. At the start of the match, I scared them. They ended up calming down. ⁇

“We did not expect success, but all the credit goes to the young people. Those who worked. For them, the snow is different from what they know so far, like an arena. Everything is new, ”he added.

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Not easy

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