The Centre Sportif Promutuel and the committee for the intermunicipal arena officially inaugurated dressing room number one as the Heather L’Heureux Room on October 14, in recognition of her years of dedication to the arena and minor hockey development in the area.
L’Heureux, who was visibly moved by the gesture, was present for the ceremony along with members of her family and representatives from several of the partner municipalities, the minor hockey association, figure skating club, and local sponsors including Huntingdon MNA Carole Mallette. “I am very honoured, and very touched,” said L’Heureux, noting that this kind of recognition was not something she was expecting.
The room was recently revamped in the colours of the Huntingdon Huskies. Arena volunteer Robert Legris spent over 100 hours working with Edge Lettrage and the Huntingdon-based SH Group to remodel the room in the image of a professional dressing room. When the room was finished, he approached Greg Renaud, the general manager of the arena, with a suggestion to give the dressing room a name. “She brings something to volunteering,” said Legris of L’Heureux and her drive to support the arena. “She encourages others to want to do more,” he smiled.
As a municipal councillor in Saint-Anicet, L’Heureux has been involved with the arena for over 17 years and served as the president of the intermunicipal committee for many of those years. But her dedication to the arena began when she was 15 years old and fell in love with a hockey player. Since then, she has watched as her children and then grandchildren took to the ice.
“We have had some good things over the years,” said L’Heureux, noting how they worked to completely renovate the dressing rooms and replace the compressor and refrigeration system to ensure the quality of the ice was top-notch. The next big project will be to replace the aging boards.
“If there is anyone who deserves every single thing that everyone does for them, it is the children of this arena,” said L’Heureux. “Go Huskies Go!”