Luc Voyer’s 1000th and last game
At the beginning of the 2016/2017 season, Veteran Luc Voyer had told his colleagues during the pre-season camp that this season, his 30th, would be his last tour in the arenas of the Courteau’s League.
Thanks to the cooperation of QMJHL’s authorities, Mr. Voyer visited a number of the League’s 18 rinks where, most certainly, many souvenirs were brought up.
The QMJHL wishes to underline this achievement as Mr. Voyer is only the second official to reach the 30 seasons plateau in the League.
For this memorable game, Mr. Voyer will have as teammates Referees Nicolas Dutil and Jean-Philippe Syl-vain along with Linesman Sylvain Losier.
DATE: Sunday, February 19th, 2017;
TIME: 3:00 Pm;
LOCATION: Sherbrooke (Blainville-Boisbriand Vs. Sherbrooke).
The first game worked by Mr. Voyer occurred on October 19th, 1987 in Chicoutimi where Drummondville were the visitors. For the occasion, Mario Gagnon (Referee) and Carl Boudreault (Linesman) were the other officials assigned.
To this day in his thirty (30) years in the QMJHL, Mr. Voyer officiated 899 regular season games and 100 playoff games for a grand total of 999 games.
Throughout the years, the QMJHL Officiating Team is ever changing and many new officials have joined this select group. In fact, we note that 51 of the 82 officials on duty for the 2016/2017 season were not even born when Luc began his career.
In Mr. Voyer’s case, it is difficult to illustrate a most memorable moment of these 30 years, but we must cer-tainly highlight the fact that he was on the ice for his son’s Alexandre-Olivier when he played his very first game in the QMJHL with the Rimouski Océanic as well as Luc’s selection to the prestigious Memorial Cup Tournament played in Shawinigan in 2012.
Many other events highlight his resume: his two (2) All-Stars Games in 2000 and 2002, the 2007 CHL – RUSSIA (Chicoutimi) and Victoriaville in 2011, the first-ever Winter Classic played in St-Tite in 2015.
He will certainly be missed by his fellow officials, be it only for games in Sherbrooke where he would make sure that the pizza would be delivered on time and hot in the officials’ dressing room after the game and at his cost and not forgetting that amusing expression he would use before and after his comments.
On behalf of the League’s authorities, members of the Officiating Committee and all officials, we use the occasion to “CONGRATULATE” Mr. Voyer and wish him to live a most memorable day accompanied by family members and friends.