Molson Canada

Molson Canada

November 15, 2006 14:06 ET

Molson Makes a $10,000 Donation to Moncton Gagnon Beaver's Education Program

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2006) - The Moncton Gagnon Beavers will receive $10,000 from Molson to support the team's education program. The cheque will be presented at centre ice at tonight's game against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers at 7 p.m. at Tim Horton's Four Ice Centre.

"The Moncton Gagnon Beavers play an important role in this community and these players work hard and balance a very ambitious student and athletic schedule on a daily basis," says Strat Kane, Vice President, Market Development, Atlantic for Molson. "Our support of the education program is to help attract quality student athletes. The donation recognizes their unbelievable work ethic and provides them some financial relief."

The Beavers' Education Program was created last season to help players with education costs. Nine players registered for the program last year for a total of $13,000 in bursaries.

This year, 17 out of the 23 players will benefit from the education program, which is expected to provide them with up to $31,000 in education money. This is especially important since players are not paid to play with the team. Four of the players are still in high school and two work full-time.

"We're pleased Molson came on board with such a generous contribution," says Troy Dumville, Head Coach and Director of Operations, "The education program is still in its early stages so Molson's support will certainly strengthen the program. Every penny will go towards education bursaries for our players."

Players can register in the program for financial support as they continue their education. The program is based on age and the level achieved in the course taken, with a maximum of $500 per course. An "A" grade results in 100% financial support.

The program is structured in such a way that it rewards strong performance. Jared Burns has benefited from this program. He's maintained a 3.5 grade point average last season while traveling back and forth to Mount Allison University and taking a full course load. When you factor in a 58-game schedule and practices daily, this is an outstanding achievement.

"The program is great because it's allowed me to continue to play hockey rather get a part-time job to pay for school," says Jared Burns. "I feel very fortunate to be able to play for the Beavers while I am going to university."

The Moncton Beavers continue to impress the Canadian Jr. A Hockey League and are ranked 9th out of the 142 Jr. A teams in Canada. This is the fifth straight week that the Beavers find themselves nationally ranked.

Contact Information

  • Moncton Gagnon Beavers
    Troy Dumville
    Head Coach and Director of Operations
    Kathy Purcell
    506-382-4000 ext.235