Old-timers hit the ice in honour of a past teammate

Maurice White fights for the puck with a Renfrew player during the Pontiac Old-Timers’ game on Sunday afternoon. The hometown team would go on to defeat the Rusty Blades 8-7 at the Shawville Arena game.
The Pontiac Old-Timers hockey team won a hard-fought exhibition match against the Renfrew Rusty Blades on Sunday afternoon in Shawville. Back row, from left: Lee Teperman, Roger Larocque, Chris Graham, Dan Soroka, Marc Latreille and Ray Curley. Front row: Jim White, Maurice White, Joe Pieschke and Joe Bennett.
Joe Pieschke looks for an open man during a game against the Renfrew Rusty Blades on Sunday afternoon.
Marc Latreille of the Pontiac Old-Timers shovels a pass on the ice during an exhibition game against the Renfrew Rusty Blades at the Shawville arena on Sunday.

CALEB NICKERSON
SHAWVILLE
March 18, 2018
On Sunday, the Pontiac Old-Timers took to the ice in Shawville for an exhibition match in the memory of a teammate and friend.
“It’s all about this here,” said organizer Marc Latreille, pointing to the moustache labelled with the name Freddie, emblazoned on his jersey over his heart.
He explained that the game was in honour of Fred Desabrais, a beloved teammate and friend from Quyon, who passed away suddenly in November 2017.
“He was well known across the valley, he was a picker, sold antiques and so on,” Latreille said. “He came out to play with us last year, I think he was 72 and he was the life of the party.”
Latreille explained that Fred was adamant that the team should have a Christmas party, as well as organize a formal team to play in exhibition games or tournaments. He remembered the previous year’s party fondly.

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