As President and CEO of 21.02 Center, Daniel Sauvage is heavily involved in the activities of the Montreal Professional Hockey Federation (PHF) First Team. However, do not believe that they will not interfere when the desired circuit of the Professional Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) is settled in the capital.
In recent months, the two entities were unable to agree on a merger and decided to end negotiations. PWHPA brings together the best players in the world, most of whom are Olympians.
Sauvageau has nothing to do with disputes, as his ultimate goal is that there are more opportunities for skaters to continue their sport.
“What I want is to see players who can continue to play after college,” said the coach, who led the national team to gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
“Thinking that it is not a good idea to have two professional hockey teams in Montreal is to make women’s hockey like children. I am tired of it.”
“If a league of four or six teams is established tomorrow morning for the best players in the world, there will still be athletes out of the game. It is a bit like having the National League and the Junior Hockey League in Quebec, and nothing in between…”
“Center 21.02’s business plan was created with the goal of having a much higher and broader hierarchy of the service we provide in women’s hockey today.”
With the aim of contributing to the long-term development of athletes and coaches, Danielle Sauvaggio founded Center 21.02, a venue dedicated to high-performance women’s hockey, located in the Verdun district.
We want to be part of the solution. The service offering offered by the center is part of this and has demonstrated leadership.
“The center oversees hockey operations, whether it be through physical preparation, ice training and supervising coaches. I am here as CEO of the center,” the 60-year-old said, explaining her role with the PHF team, “so it is up to me to be responsible for side hockey.
“Now let’s work so that our best players can play competitive matches on a regular basis. We are a few weeks away from getting more concrete answers,” she added.
Kim St-Pierre Ambassador
Former Canada goalkeeper Kim St-Pierre did not hesitate when the Saint Laurent district asked her to be one of the ambassadors for the reopening of the Raymond Burke Arena.
“It was with great pleasure that I accepted this role, because I wanted to promote this beautiful space of Saint Laurent. I hope to be able to inspire the residents to be more active in the square,” said the person who will co-star in this role as ambassador with Daniel Sauvago.
Work began at Aréna Raymond-Bourque in September 2019. Two tracks were completely renovated with a new scoreboard. The professional shop has been improved and wood has been given center stage in the entrance foyer. Several elements were implemented to improve the building’s environmental footprint in this $28.8 million project.
“I saw the before and after. It’s really impressive. I can’t wait for everyone to see this and use our ice cream,” said Kim St-Pierre, who lives in Saint Laurent.
Speaking with the triple Olympic gold medalist, it would have been unbelievable not to mention the return of professional hockey to Montreal with the arrival of the First Hockey Federation (PHF).
Does Kim St-Pierre want to play a role in the club that will take its first steps in 2022-2023?
“We’ll see. Hockey is my passion, and I’d like to get involved in some way. They have my phone number.
That’s what was said!
- Kim St-Pierre and Danièle Sauvageau will host the event highlighting the square’s reopening on September 3. For the occasion, former Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche defender Raymond Burke will visit the institution that bears his name.
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