Xavier Simoneau played a third season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs this year and he was the perfect candidate to inherit of the captain’s “C”. A natural leader, Simoneau not only led the team statistically, but he also led the way in community activities.
Last summer, he agreed to be the spokesperson for the Centre-du-Québec Autism organization. Voltigeurs baseball caps were made with the organization’s colors in order to raise funds and create awareness to the cause. As the spokesperson, Simoneau helped promote sales and, a few weeks later, all of the 400 hats that were made had been sold!
One of Xavier’s proudest moments certainly came when he developed his “Amis à Simy” (Simy’s Friends) project. The initiative was put together in order to reward kids who’ve done good deeds, to highlight the efforts of those with learning disabilities, for kids fighting illnesses or going through tough times in their lives. No matter the reason, they are invited to attend a Voltigeurs game free of charge and meet with Xavier after the contest. Nearly 200 deserving kids were hosted this season alone!
Always looking for ways to inspire kids, Simoneau got involved with Drummondville’s minor hockey by attending its Coach’s Clinic. Xavier also took part in many school visits where he never hesitated to speak, sign autographs and take pictures with the students. Number 81 also took part in a video for Drummondville’s Centre d’écoute et de prévention du suicide (CEPS) in order to shed some light on suicides and to encourage people to raise funds for the CEPS by bidding on special themed jerseys that were game-worn by the players.
With two of his teammates, the captain also went to the Sainte-Croix Hospital Pediatric Center over the holidays to visit and chat with some patients. The 18-year-old young man was also the honorary president of the Voltigeurs’ Blood Drive.