Wednesday, May 30th 2018 - Acadie-Bathurst Titans Memorical Cup Win
Congratulations on Memorial Cup
Hon. Rose-May Poirier: Honourable senators, pride has come back to the city. So exclaim the headlines of the Telegraph Journal following the Titan d’Acadie-Bathurst season ending on Sunday evening with the top crowning moment as they now reign supreme over all of junior hockey in Canada as Memorial Cup champs.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!
Senator Poirier: They defeated the host of the tournament, the Regina Pats, to which I say to Senators Batters, Tkachuk, Andreychuk, Dyck and Wallin: Sorry, this one is ours. Even though I don’t follow hockey, the excitement of this win has been contagious, since Jeffrey from my office is from Bathurst and he has been talking about it non-stop the last few days.
Bathurst is a charming city in northern New Brunswick of roughly 12,000 people in one of the smallest markets in all of Canadian junior hockey, and their conquest of the one hundredth Memorial Cup is a true underdog story. Inspired by the courage and determination of the captain, Jeffrey Truchon-Viel, backstopped like a brick wall by Evan Fitzpatrick, and the blue line controlled by the dynamic duo of Olivier Galipeau and Noah Dobson, this team gave all meaning to the concept of teamwork. As they made their run from the first round of the playoffs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, their quest sent a jolt of electricity throughout the city, uniting the people of Bathurst and of the greater region along the way.
To truly understand and appreciate the magnitude of this story, honourable senators, we need to make a quick turn back in the history of the team. The Titan arrived in Bathurst 20 years ago, in 1998, and for a city that has always been a hockey town and region, like the famous Papermakers Senator Munson has referenced on numerous occasions, it was love at first sight.
The Titan won their first President Cup during their opening season and in their first four years made it to the finals three times. Unfortunately, the following years were difficult due to ownership issues. Finally, five years ago, a group of local businessmen came together and bought the team to ensure it remains in Bathurst. The fruit of their efforts and the trust in the general manager, Sylvain Couturier, have paid off. It needs to be said that without determination and vision, all of this would not have been possible.
Playing under the slogan “Our Time,” they have proven, game after game, that Bathurst is, in fact, the hockey city we have all known it to be. At the end of the run, the Titan and the people of Bathurst have proven it is not only our time but also our team.
Join me, honourable senators, in congratulating the Titan organization, and to its fans and the people of Bathurst: Be proud, be loud — ayoye, ayoye, ayoye!