“I am the equipment manager of the Deux-Montagnes Ringette Association and have been assistant coach or manager of both my daughters’ teams throughout the last ten years. My greatest pleasure in getting involved in ringette comes from seeing the huge smiles on the girls faces, on and off the ice – to see their eyes light up as soon as they pick the ring and skate, to hear their laughter in the rooms or while running in the hallway!
It is not my technical advice that is my forte, it is my selfless desire to make all these little girls happy. I’m on the administration and the tournament committees. I am totally dedicated to showing the best hospitality to the girls, their parents and coaches so that they leave the Deux-Montagnes tournament feeling like they were spoiled through and through. I take care of the arena decorations, the after-match snacks, cleaning up the rooms, and spoiling the NRL players who come to play during the tournament.
I am known to be the guy who has everything, let it be tissues, bandages, clean bottles, spare equipment in case the girls forget a piece, or Lysol wipes to clean bathrooms after hockey teams have gone through. My specialty is to bring up morale after a hard loss and to party with the girls after a rewarding win! You need a lift? To get your skates sharpen? That I dress up as Santa Claus for the Christmas party? Help with a fundraising dinner or the end-of-season party? Come see me, I’m right around the corner, always willing to help, and always with a smile. And I sure hope to continue doing this with my granddaughters!” – Stéphane Dupuis (Deux-Montagnes, Québec)