Saturday 25 June 2011

Preparing for Montreal Professional Lacrosse

There is a new professional sports franchise headed to Montreal. Rooths Sports Events, a new company headed by former Montreal Juniors president Martin Routhier, is behind the initiative. Plans first called for the team to play out of the new arena in Boisbriand. But now that the Juniors have been sold and moved there, Routhier is reportedly switching gears and will do the smart thing – fill the void left at the Verdun Auditorium.

Word has it that the Canadian Professional Soccer League will only have a 20 game schedule beginning next winter. That is indeed a more prudent way to go.

As a warmup, Routhier’s Montreal Lacrosse is introducing a two day summer camp for youth between the ages of 10 to14 years old. Chad Fairfoull, the general nanager of new Montreal Lacrosse pro team, will be the camp instructor with the help of professional lacrosse players.
Fairfoull started playing lacrosse at a young age and pursued his passion first as a player and then in the coaching ranks. He has held the position of head coach of the West End Warlocks in the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League. Not only is he a player, coach, and referee at the highest level, but he was also elected vice president of Administration for the Canadian Lacrosse Association in 2010.

The camp takes place on July 11 and 12 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Le Club, Beaconsfield (205 Alton Drive). There is a $125 fee. “We intend to make sure that this camp is a truly memorable experience,” notes Tanier Gohier, director of operations for Rooth Sports.

Participants will learn the basic skills needed to play lacrosse and develop a passion for this fast growing sport. “Our mission is to ensure the safety, and quality experience your child deserves,” adds Gohier.

Each participant will receive, as a thank you, a $50 gift certificate valid only for the purchase of a season lacrosse ticket for the 2011-2012 schedule.

Meanwhile, Rooth Sports is working on a possible other exciting project which could bring life into the Verdun Auditorium. Routhier is a former captain of the McGill Redmen hockey team. His friend and teammate was Mathieu Darche, now of the Canadiens. Rooth Sports will be working with McGill this year to promote its hockey program. In the works are one or two regular season games at Verdun between the Redmen and the Concordia Stingers.

If you are interested in a registration form for the lacrosse camp email

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