The Rocket Hockey Tour will consist of four arena visits during which Rocket assistant coach Martin Laperrière will lead on-ice practice in addition to discussing his philosophy as a coach. It will be a beneficial experience for both coaches and players. A fifth lucky team will have the chance to practice at Place Bell on Rocket ice. Teams can submit their application by completing a registration form which will be available in December 2023. The three teams, as well as the winning team will be chosen randomly. The Rocket Hockey Tour will take place from January to March.
*registration closes on December 18 at 11:59 p.m.
RECAP OF THE SEASON 2022-2023
150,000$ redistributed in the Laval community this season
5 Read For Fun activities (over 1,000 students took part)
3 Rocket Tour activities
2 hospital visits and 1 visit to a rehabilitation center
1 food drive by players' wives
1 women's hockey panel during a game
THE READ FOR FUN WITH THE ROCKET PROGRAM IS BACK FOR A SIXTH EDITION
ROCKET PLAYERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES WITH KIDS FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS OF THE REGION TO PROMOTE READING
The Read for Fun activity is finally back in person! The team is happy to be able to reconnect with its young supporters. Indeed, the Laval organization announced today the return of the community program Read for Fun with the Rocket, a project that aims to encourage reading among young elementary students in Laval, Montreal and North Shore regions. Five elementary schools will benefit from the Club’s conferences.
For the fourth year in a row, the Rocket is teaming up with Lis avec moi, a Laval non-profit organization whose mission is similar to that of the program, to promote the pleasure of reading and literature among young people by encouraging as privileged means of learning and sharing. In addition to contributing to the communication between the players and the students, the speakers of Lis avec moi ensure the animation of the sessions and share their expertise on the subject in a playful way.
“We are very happy to continue our involvement in the community with the Read for Fun program. Reading and physical activity are two activities that are highlighted during the Read for Fun activities. Reading provides many benefits in our daily lives and this activity will highlight its contribution. Our players have the opportunity to create a connection with the students and they are able to encourage young students in both their athletic and educational development. We are pleased to be able to organize this sixth edition of Read for Fun,” said Patrick Hum, sales and marketing director for the Rocket.
Since 2019, several Rocket players such as Brandon Gignac, William Trudeau, Xavier Simoneau, Tobie Paquette-Bisson and Lucas Condotta have had the chance to inspire around 4500 young students through 30 schools in Laval, Montreal and North Shore regions. Launched in 2018, this project has been one of the pillars of the Rocket’s community relations since its formation, that is to promote reading and the practice of sport for all, in a fun way.
The Laval residents Blood Drive will welcome its donors to a new site on November 7. The event will take place at Place Bell. Citizens can now reserve their place online or by phone to plan their visit and speed up the donation process.
“The Laval Rocket was the perfect partner for an association with the Laval Blood Drive. In addition to being models of perseverance on the ice, players get involved in their community for great causes like ours. In addition, we will be able to take advantage of the facilities at Place Bell to welcome more donors and save more lives. I therefore invite all Laval residents to come and donate.”
— Stéphane Boyer, mayor of Laval
In addition to being able to walk on the arena floor, donors will also have the opportunity to meet different Laval Rocket players who will visit the premises at different times during the day.
“The Laval Rocket is proud to host the Laval blood drive at Place Bell for its 50th edition. This collaboration with the city of Laval and Héma-Québec is the ideal opportunity to involve the entire organization in order to welcome as many donors as possible during the event.”
— Jean-François Houle, head coach of the Laval Rocket
Blood donations are crucial to saving lives. Every donation is important and can save up to three lives. Laval residents are therefore invited to show generosity and come and donate with a colleague, friend or family member.
The Laval Blood Drive is one of the largest blood drives in Canada. For 2023, the goal is 600 donations in a single day. The majority of healthy adults can donate blood.
Holding the Laval Blood Drive is possible thanks to the participation of the City of Laval, Héma-Québec and the Laval Rocket.
Laval residents can make an appointment online or by phone at 1 800 343-7264, among the available time slots between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Information on how to book and eligibility criteria is available on the event webpage.
For more details on the Laval Blood Drive, consult the web page evenements.laval.ca.
THE ROCKET HOCKEY TOUR IS BACK
THIS SEVENTH EDITION IS PRESENTED BY TIM HORTONS
LAVAL (December 4th, 2023) – The Rocket is proud to announce the seventh edition of the Rocket Hockey Tour presented by Tim Hortons. Hockey Québec joins as a collaborator of the program once again this year. This community initiative will allow the coaches of four winning teams to develop their skills with the advice of Martin Laperrière, assistant coach for the Laval Rocket. A winning team will be selected, among the four teams, and will win an exclusive experience at Place Bell with a few Rocket players, followed by a visit of the locker room as well as several other surprises.
The Rocket Hockey Tour presented by Tim Hortons will take place in three arena visits in the Laval region during which the assistant coach will share his coaching philosophy with the winning teams. Several exercises specific to each position will also be taught during the on-ice practice sessions, making the experience beneficial for both the players and coaches present at the activity.
“I am delighted to be able to participate once again in the Rocket Hockey Tour this year,” said Martin Laperrière, assistant coach for the Laval Rocket. “As a coach, encouraging future generations to improve their hockey skills is fundamentally important to me. Additionally, this community initiative goes hand in hand with our objectives as a sports organization. It helps promote hockey in the region, while promoting the development of young players through their favorite sport.”
Teams can submit their application now by completing the online form on the Rocket website: https://www.rocketlaval.com/en/community/. The four winning teams will subsequently be chosen randomly. The tour will take place from January to March 2024.
The Rocket Hockey Tour presented by Tim Hortons aims to encourage participants to adopt a healthy lifestyle through sport. This initiative, accessible to all, aims to increase our presence among the region’s minor hockey associations while supporting the development of young players and coaches in the community.