People gathered at a recreational centre in Lac La Biche Alta. Thursday to watch hockey hero and local boy Rene Bourque play in Game 6 of the Montreal Canadiens' series against the New York Rangers. 

Bourque grew up in Lac La Biche and his parents still live there.

​Barbara Bourque says that her son appreciates all the support he's getting from the community. 

“It’s exciting. It’s stressful though,” she said with a laugh. “It’s fun but it’s a little bit of everything.”

Okrainec brothers

Jacob Okrainec, 8, and Cooper Okrainec, 6, went to the Bold Centre in Lac La Biche to cheer on Rene Bourque and the Montreal Canadiens. (Laura Osman/CBC News )

When Rene scored three goals in Game 5 on Tuesday night, people threw hats on his parents' lawn to pay tribute to his hat trick.

Barbara Bourque found the hats when she came home from watching the game with her mother at a long-term care home.

“You would see trucks driving by and they’d throw the hat or a car and they’d wave, and then they’d jump in their car and take off. So it was cute.”

Justin Marshall organized the community viewing part and says families turned out in droves to show their appreciation. 

"I'm so excited and blown away by the support," he said. 

The Canadiens tried to avoid elimination in the Eastern Conference final, but lost 1-0 to the New York Rangers.

While their hearts may be broken, the Lac La Biche fans were able to raise $26,529 for a new playground.