CBC Montreal hockey team laces up for two epic battles
Team's insatiable hunger for victory contrasts with light-hearted nature of tournaments
Do you hear that? That's the ice quaking. The CBC Montreal hockey team is lacing up to play in a few upcoming tournaments and their no-holds-barred approach to the game should have their opponents worried.
The CBC Montreal "No Stars", who run like a well-oiled machine despite only playing together twice a year, are both pumped and nervous to play at two high stakes events: The prestigious Kid's Cup at St. Lambert Elementary School on March 31 and the Montreal Media Celebrity Hockey tournament on April 8.
For player Jonathan Monpetit, competing against parents and teachers of elementary school children is more of a numbers game, strategy-wise.
"Our plan is to give it a 110 per cent. Their math teacher told us that was impossible. But that's the kind of mind game we've come to expect from them over the years."
The Kids' Cup is St. Lambert Elementary school's major annual fundraiser. This will be CBC Montreal's third year playing and the team is fired up to show off their skills.
As team member Jay Turnbull puts it, "we may be called the 'No Stars' but, collectively, we shine as bright as a 40 watt bulb".
Though the team plans to take it easy at the Kid's Cup, fans can expect a more calculated approach at the Montreal Media Celebrity Hockey tournament on April 8.
As Doug Gelevan explains, "right from the kickoff, we're going to try to tee up a situation where we can smash a home run on every shift. At the end of the game, if we swish that puck into the net more times than the other team I think will have a good chance. Generally, the team that scores the most wins the game."
Anyone wishing to cheer on the CBC Montreal No Stars can head down to the Pierrefonds Sportsplexe on April 8. They play at 5:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
All money raised goes towards Otis Grant and Friends Foundation.
This year, the tournament is encouraging all participants to drop off new or gently used hockey gear at the "Play It Forward Kids" charity's table the day of the event. All equipment collected will be donated to kids in need so they can play hockey.
The CBC Montreal No Stars are: Phil Shaw, Jeremy Zafran, Jonathan Montpetit, David Robert, Derek Marinos, Jay Turnbull, Douglas Gelevan, Peter Johnson, Ben Shingler and a few other fine players needed to round out the team.