Police divers search for Gervais Munger, who went missing after a boating accident on Saturday near Chambord, Que. ((CBC))

The body pulled from a Quebec lake by provincial police divers on Monday is that of Gervais Munger, co-owner of a major junior hockey team, a family spokesman has confirmed.

Munger, 52, was in an inflatable power boat with three friends when the boat's motor stalled and all four were thrown overboard just after noon on Saturday.

The accident happened on Lac St-Jean, a large lake about 250 kilometres northwest of Quebec City. All except Munger were able to swim to shore. None of the people in the boat was wearing a life-jacket.

Munger co-owned the Chicoutimi Saguenéens and played for the team in the late 1970s. He also served on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's governing board.

Family spokeswoman Dominique Savard said Munger's family was still reeling from their loss but relieved his body had been found.

"This is a second shock in 48 hours," Savard said. "Saturday was a major shock and today is another one. But [there is relief] Mr. Munger has been found. This will allow everyone to start grieving."

A news release published on the Saguenéens' website said the team is in shock.

"Mr. Munger is more than a colleague. He's a friend, a brother," the release said.


  • An earlier version of this story said Gervais Munger was in a Zodiac boat with three friends when the boat's motor stalled and all four were thrown overboard. In fact, while it was an inflatable power boat, the brand wasn't made public.
    Sep 07, 2010 11:00 AM ET
With files from The Canadian Press