This coming Thursday, Josh Gorges of the Montreal Canadiens will be in his hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia, where he’ll be officially starting up his new program that pays for underprivileged kids to play hockey.
The former Kelowna Rocket has decided to bring this program—designed by the National Hockey League Players Association—to his hometown, where he’d like to see every child get the opportunity to play hockey should they want to.
“…this is such a good opportunity for me to get involved and help kids that maybe don’t have the opportunity to play hockey,” Gorges said. “… [to] give them the same opportunity I had.”
The NHLPA covers the registration as well as the cost of equipment, making it possible for any family to at least sign their kid up for minor hockey.
It’s the opportunity that matters.
This past season, the 6 ft, 200 pound rearguard led the league by far in blocked shots, with 250, and has attributed his success in that area to “some sort of a sick pride”.
While his strength and toughness is well respected—and very much needed—in Montreal, it’s his kindness and selflessness that was needed in Kelowna.
They’ve received it.
Who could forget this example of his services in Habs land?