[IN IMAGES] Young Ukrainian hockey players welcomed at the Bell Center

[IN IMAGES] Young Ukrainian hockey players welcomed in style at the Bell Center


The dream stay of young Ukrainian hockey players in Quebec continued on Tuesday, when the team was received at the Bell Center for the match between the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks.  

In the morning, the young participants in the Tournoi pee-wee de Québec were able to attend the Habs' morning practice, then various players took the time to meet them and distribute autographs.

“It gives them a moment to forget what is happening in Ukraine, it is unfortunate what happens, commented forward Jonathan Drouin, after spending a good ten minutes with the young hockey players. It is a pleasure to take time for them, it is easy for me to do so. It certainly does them good to have a day like this and get a bit of what's going on in their environment.”

“Meeting National Hockey League players is a real dream for them. They are excited and it's nice to see,” Ukrainian team coach Yegueniy Pysarenko rightly commented.

Light and smiles

Young defenseman Kaiden Guhle, currently injured, also took care to meet the children.

“It's good to see these young people here and to be able to shed some light during this dark period, he testified. It's nice to see all those smiles on their faces.”

Recall that it is thanks to the leaders of the ALBI le Géant Group, including President Denis Leclerc and Vice-President Louise Villeneuve, that the young Ukrainians were to attend to the game in the evening from the company's two boxes.

“The boxes were already reserved, but we moved people to other parties so that it could happen, informed the vice- president of communications Cathy Laroche, regarding the setting in motion of the event. We then organized this with the Ukrainian team officials.”

During their visit to the Bell Centre, the 25 members of Team Ukraine Select were to be entitled to VIP treatment with food and unlimited drinks. They also all received a Canadiens jersey.