The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League receives the 2018 Acadia-Quebec Prize
DIEPPE, New-Brunswick – The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) received, this past June 21st, the 2018 Acadia-Quebec prize for its remarkable contribution in reinforcing the links between Quebecers and Acadians.
The prize is bestowed by the Permanent commission of concertation between Acadia and Quebec, which is presided by the National Society of Acadia and the Quebec Office in the Atlantic Provinces.
The award ceremony was held at the Dieppe Centre of arts and culture as part of the of the Quebec National Day celebrations in Moncton. The QMJHL received an art piece that symbolizes the convergence and collaboration between Acadia and Quebec, designed by Mrs. Huguette Joncas, a native of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine region.
Aside from the QMJHL, the Frye Festival, a bilingual gathering that celebrates writing and reading by creating meet-ups between authors and literature lovers, also received the 2018 Acadia-Quebec Prize.
The Acadia-Quebec Prize was created in 2006 to highlight the remarkable contributions of individuals and organizations establishing and consolidating relations between Acadia and Quebec. It is awarded annually to two recipients, one from the Atlantic Provinces and one from Quebec.
“We are extremely proud to accept the Acadia-Quebec Prize. It coincides marvellously with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan’s win of the President Cup Final and the Memorial Cup, giving the Chaleur region its first Canadian title. One of the important aspects for the QMJHL is for our sport to serve as both an economic and cultural engine for all 18 of the cities represented by our league. We are also privileged to contribute to the sharing of the Francophone and Acadian cultures within the Atlantic provinces. This year, the Acadian and Francophone cultures were shared across the nation during the Memorial Cup tournament, a wonderful exposure for this magnificent region.” – Gilles Courteau, QMJHL Commissionner
“The QMJHL thanks the National Society of Acadia for the 2018 Acadia-Quebec Prize. It’s an honor we accept with great pride. One of the important aspects for the QMJHL is the importance of our teams for their respective communities. The players are really implicated in the communities that welcome them with open arms and that play a huge role in the major junior paths. Players often come back to their adopted cities because of the impact they’ve had on them. Again, we are proud to contribute to this cultural exchange and to the consolidation of relations between Acadia and Quebec.” – Martin Lavallée, Assistant to the QMJHL Commissionner
“The QMJHL is a partner like no other for the evolution of hockey in the Maritimes. It’s thanks to the six teams across the territory that young players can aspire to the glory of the best junior hockey in the country. The recent victory of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan shows that the structure is working really well and that the player’s progress remains the QMJHL’s priority. The Acadia-Quebec Prize is a form of acknowledgment for the efforts the League has put forward for the progress of sport in the Maritimes.” – Francis Paradis, head of the Quebec Bureau in the Atlantic Provinces
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