The mayor of Saint-Georges, Claude Morin, the director of the Department of recreation and culture, Carole Packet and the division chief of the sports activities, Dany Side, have presented the activities that will mark the 50th anniversary of the centre sportif Lacroix-Dutil St-Georges.
Photo credit : The Scout-Progress – Sébastien Roy
Several events are planned in 2018 at the centre sportif Lacroix-Dutil St-Georges to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building formerly known as the Palace of sports.
Many events have marked the sports centre. “We’ve been here for hockey, figure skating, roller skating. We received the Harlem Globetrotters, wrestling, in particular, Jos Leduc, boxing, the Games of the Quebec winter, but also Johnny Hallyday, Diane Dufresne, Offenbach, numerous exhibitions, and the prime ministers of Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Brian Mulroney,” has listed the director of recreation and culture, Carole Packet.
The City will invest $ 50,000 to commemorate these events, including the unveiling of three murals, a hockey match between the first edition of the Garaga de Saint-Georges and entrepreneurs of the region and a multimedia show, in addition to an exhibition at the centre culturel Marie-Fitzbach.
On 19 January, a first outlet will be inaugurated at the provincial Tournament bantam hockey Centre Hi-Fi. It will be erected near the front entrance of the centre sportif Lacroix-Dutil and will bring together the logos of the various organizations and sports teams.
The festivities will resume on the 9 February, during the Tournament Comrie. A second mural telling the story of this tournament will be unveiled. It will be installed in the lounge of the same name. The ceremony will then be followed by a meeting between former players of the first two editions of the Garaga de Saint-Georges, whose guardians Guy Moore and Mathieu Vachon, Frederic Vermette, Carl Fleury and Steve Late. They will take on a team made up of entrepreneurs of the region.
Then, on 10 November, the day on which the first shots of skating have been given on the skating rink of the sports Palace in 1968, a multimedia show will transform the ice surface into a giant screen on which are broadcast archive photos of the different events, both sporting and cultural, that have taken place within its walls. Just before this presentation, a photomontage will be launched on a pan of one of the walls of the lobby of the arena.
In addition, an exhibition at the centre culturel Marie-Fitzbach back on the defining moments experienced at the centre sportif Lacroix-Dutil since 1968. A coffee-historic and a conference will also be devoted to the history of the second oldest arena in the region.
The City of Saint-Georges request the collaboration of the citizens of the region to get artifacts or photos of events for the sports centre. “We ask these people to lend us their artifacts if they want to. We are committed to give them back in good condition after that. For photos, the loan would only last a few minutes, the time of the scan,” said the communications officer Saint-Georges, Richard Poulin.