Full Recovery Expected For Badly Injured Lion

The entire St. Lawrence community was saddened by the news and wishes to extend its best wishes to the entire Doré-Parent family. GO EMILE GO!!!!

Photo: Dominique Routhier

The Lions hockey players will be wearing Doré-Parent's #47 on their helmets for the remainder of the season.



Saturday, November 15th, during the Lions home game loss to team Ulysee 8-6, Emile Doré-Parent suffered a season-ending injury late in the third period. He was heading towards the opponents net on a breakaway. Opponent Loic Hebert was back checking on the play and finished his check on Parent after he had taken his shot on goal. Parent was off balance at the moment of contact and crumbled to the ice, sliding into the end boards head-first. There was dead silence in the building as trainers Clement Gauthier and Martin Tremblay made their way to the scene of the injury. The play went without penalty as the head official repeated that the contact was a legal one. Assistant coach and international referee, Denise Caughey disputed the call, finally retreating frustrated and in total disbelief.

The Lions medical staff realized the gravity of the injury when Parent claimed that he could not feel his arms and legs. The game was interrupted for thirty minutes, with team Ulysee leading 6-5. An ambulance was called to the scene and Emile was sent to L’Hopital L’Enfant Jesus for treatment. Doctors were cautious and suggested the possibility of the worst-case scenario where Emile could possibly never walk again. The early news was grim as mother Dominique Doré was devastated. Father and radio announcer, Gilles Parent away on vacation in Paris, returned home to join the grieving family. The news is now more optimistic and doctors expect a long convalescence and a complete recovery.

Emile Parent was playing his best hockey at the time of the injury. He scored the teams’ first goal of the game and showed an impressive stats line of 6 goals and 6 assists in 13 regular season games. He was by far the most improved player on the roster. He will be remembered as a hard worker both on and off the ice and while his leadership was well appreciated by all his teammates. His contribution in the classroom on campus was also significant according to his teachers who showed tremendous concern upon learning of the incident. The college community has come together in wishing Emile and his family the courage and commitment required in the recovery process.

Lions faced Harrington College this Saturday and bounced back from an early 0-2 deficit in the first period to tie the game at 3-3 late in the third period. Lions scoring came from Jean Phillipe Sansfacon, Guillaume Kelhetter and Dave Poulin. Goaltender John Lessard stopped 31 shots during the game. The players were playing for Emile and would have preferred a victory. Emile’s spirit lives with our team as players will wear his number 47 on their helmets and jerseys for the remainder of the season.

My prayers go out to Emile, his family, and his teammates.  I watched a very similar situation unfold at a Boston University hockey game in 1995, when Travis Roy slammed into the boards head first.  I pray that Emile's injury is not as bad and that he has a full recovery.