By Germain Chartier
As the hockey season resumes for the Condors du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches, EnBeauce.com went out to meet William Desjardins, a young hockey player from the Montreal area, who fell in love with the Beauce team.
William Desjardins and his parents were in the Beauce region for a week’s vacation, and to see the Condors Academy. The opportunity to learn a little more about this beautiful story.
“We’re from L’Île-Bizard, near Montreal, and it turns out that two years ago, we came across some Condors playing against a local team. William discovered the Condors’ green bus and immediately wanted to see the game,” said Marc Desjardins, William’s father.
For William, this game marks the beginning of his love affair with the Saint-Georges team. “After the game, I told my son to go out and level with the players and hope for a high five or a handshake . He ended up connecting eight and that’s how it all began,” added the father.
A passion that has dragged the whole family
Since that day, William only sees through the Condors and he attended several games over the last season. “We were able to attend their games in Terrebonne and Valleyfield, I was really happy to be able to follow them. William Gagné and William Lepage are my two favourite players,” the boy added.
In order to make it possible for William to live this passion to the fullest, the entire family headed out to Beauce this week, so that he could take part in the “Académie des Condors”. “The Academy is really good. I can talk to the players and meet them. Then I got to meet coach Jonathan Ferland, which was really good,” William said.
Now, the 9-year-old will be able to follow the Condors for their return to competition next September, before, perhaps one day, joining them.
“As long as he enjoys hockey, we are ready to encourage him to experience it as best he can. In addition to Cégep, it can be interesting, but it has time! We will come back this winter to see a game in Saint-Georges,” the father concluded.