“He’s worked with 200 athletes. F1 drivers have made detours to come and meet him in the middle of the racing season .” https://t.co/5DigbEKuLd
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) August 29, 2023
At the time, he pledged $500,000 of his own money over a ten-year period… And as of March 31, 2022, Jo had (already) donated over $300,000 to the foundation in question.
We’ve known for a few weeks now: the Quebecer will continue his career in Colorado after agreeing to the terms of a one-season contract with the Avalanche. But that doesn’t mean he’s ending his partnership with the Fondation du CHUM – on the contrary.
Allan Walsh, Drouin’s agent, reiterated on Twitter that his client wants to make a difference “by raising millions of dollars for the hospital” and that he will continue to work hand in hand with the foundation:
Jonathan Drouin is hosting his annual charity golf tournament today for the benefit of the Fondation de CHUM in Montreal. He wanted to make a difference in his community raising millions for the hospital. That commitment continues even after moving on to Colorado. @FondationCHUM
– Allan Walsh🏒 (@walsha) August 29, 2023
I’ve said it and I’ll keep saying it. I have so much respect for athletes who take the time to put in the effort to help a community.
These are gestures that deserve the attention of the fans. In Jonathan’s case, it just goes to show that his heart is in the right place. And I’m not saying that to kiss my ass. It’s simply true.
Meeting him at his golf tournament this morning, Drouin said out loud what everyone else was thinking. He knows that his stay in Montreal has been fraught with difficulties, and he knows that he hasn’t lived up to expectations.
But as Jean-François Chaumont of Le Journal de Montréal wrote, that’s all behind him now:
I forgot about the Canadiens as soon as I signed my contract. I spent six seasons with the CH. There’s no point in looking back. – Jonathan Drouin
So much the better, if he feels his heart is light, and so much the better, if he feels that ending up in Colorado has the potential to revive his career. Even though he’s been the focus of a lot of criticism around town, we have to wish him all the best for the future.
I often see comments aimed at denigrating him, and that’s beyond me. No, he never became the player we thought he was going to be. Is this the end of the world? Does he deserve all the insults that have been hurled at him since he started wearing the Habs uniform? Does that make him a bad person off the ice?
I’ll let you answer these three questions… Three questions that have (or should have) the same answer.
In a gust
– They’re still important.
– It’s now official. There will be a PWHL team in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Ottawa, Minnesota and Boston.
Jayna Hefford is going over the player selection process. Many of those details are in this story.
Sept. 1: Initial free agency period begins
Sept. 3: Draft declaration deadline
Sept. 10: Initial free agency period ends
Sept. 18: Drafthttps://t.co/XGOsnpVG2c
– Hailey Salvian (@hailey_salvian) August 29, 2023
– The music is just perfect.
Goalies practice 💨💨 pic.twitter.com/P9vWihWiGx
– KHL (@khl_eng) August 29, 2023
– We’ve had an eventful summer.
Rondelle libre | Association de l’Ouest : les principaux déménagements de l’été https://t.co/UCfPhPV4Wn
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) August 29, 2023
What can we say that hasn’t already been said? 🔥
Canada wins Group H, led by Shai – earning TCL Player Of The Game honors in the process! 🇨🇦
– FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 🏆 (@FIBAWC) August 29, 2023