Right-winger for St. Lawrence Lions injured badly

Photo: Dominique Routhier

Émile take to the ice at St. Lawrence Lion's home opener game

An open-letter from the Doré Parent family: 

Émile Doré Parent, a 17 year old right winger on the Champlain Saint Lawrence men's hockey team, was hit from behind and fell headfirst into the boards on Saturday November 15. In the hours after the accident, he was unable to move his arms or legs. Émile underwent surgery to repair a displaced vertebrae and remains in intensive care. The prognosis for recovery is good. The members of the SLC hockey team will wear number 47 on there helmets and jerseys for the rest of the season, in homage to Émile.

SLC Hockey mom's thoughts

As I watched Émile lying motionless on the ice at Activital arena, my worst fears as a hockey parent came to fruition. I thought back to the 7 am MAHG I practices, vying for space in the change room with other parents, all of us struggling to get pads and skates on half-asleep five year olds. I remember the joy on my sons and daughters' faces as they managed to take five or six strides before tripping over the blue line. I remember the -desire to cushion their falls. I am still addicted to arena coffee and will always associate those yellow slush cups with Saturdays at the rink. But, time passes quickly. The box of out-grown skates and pads in the basement is evidence of this. Our children advance through the ranks, they learn to bodycheck and how to take hits. Sometimes it gets out of hand and we're thankful when the game ends so that our kids are out of danger. But sometimes, in a split second, the situation goes so terribly wrong and somebody gets hurt. I too have followed an ambulance to the hospital after a check from behind. It was a harrowing experience. Thankfully, my son was back on the ice within a couple of days. Émile was not so lucky. Fortunately, his surgery appears to have been successful. Émile has been blessed with a loving and supportive family that gave him the opportunity to pursue the sports he loves. He is an integral part of the Lions team and his presence will be missed in the changeroom as well as on the ice. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery, Émile. We are looking forward to seeing you back at the rink.

Debbie Stowe
SLC Lions Hockey Mum



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