Former Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban is back in Montreal to host a youth hockey camp with 160 kids at the Pierrefonds Sportplexe.
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“We have kids from the ages of five to 17. We seem to have a lot of excitement,” said coach Martin Ross.
The tickets sold out within two days, and money raised will benefit Subban’s charitable foundation, which pledged to raise $10 million for the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
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Sales raised about $50,000 towards that goal, organizers said.
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Some parents who drove their kids to the camp said they pulled them out of school to attend.
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“I told him, ‘it’s only once in a lifetime you’re going to have that experience,'” said Marie-Cecile Ambroise, the mother of eight-year-old Andrew Alexandre from Rivière-des-Prairies.
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This is the first time Subban has hosted a camp.
So far, the foundation has raised about 20 per cent of its $10 million goal.
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