Passion for the Game.

Passion for the Community.

Our proud organization is steeped in history, with over 69 years and 1500 players competing in the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League. Founders Clancy Richard and Pat O’Neill connected the team with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1950s and created an affiliate program where the St. Paul Canadiens would develop young players and provide opportunities for them to be scouted and overseen by the Montreal Canadiens.

Over the years, the CH on the front of the jerseys has become a symbol of community spirit and pride in players, coaches, and fans alike. With the team located in Treaty 6 Territory, there is also a rich history of First Nations and Métis relationships to be recognized. The St. Paul Canadiens see hockey as a path to reconciliation and the acknowledgment of their amazing First Nations Players.

The St. Paul Canadiens are more than just a hockey team and focus on developing their players to make an impact both on the ice and in their community.

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MEET THE BOARD

Patrick Lamoureaux

President

Patrick has extensive experience as a global business advisor with his company Lams & Associates. He has a diverse set of skills that he has leveraged to help optimize operations for various startups. Patrick’s expertise includes management, development, and coordination of merger acquisitions and global expansion initiatives.

Throughout his career, Patrick has successfully managed multiple projects at once, demonstrating his ability to prioritize and handle a high workload. He has a proven track record of building new business, forging strong relationships with clients, developing partnerships, and increasing company revenue through innovative and creative strategies.

Patrick’s talent as a persuasive communicator is one of his greatest assets, enabling him to speak to clients in a language they understand and build a compelling case for the brands he represents. His communication skills have contributed significantly to his success as a global business advisor.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Patrick also has a rich athletic background. He played with the St. Paul Jr. Canadiens from 1985-1987 and won a provincial championship in 1986. He is the President of the St. Paul Canadiens Alumni Foundation, showcasing his continued dedication to his community and passion for sports.

Duane’s 37-year career in the oilfield supply business and 10 years as a Sherwood Park minor hockey coach garnered his many contacts throughout northeastern Alberta in many communities.

Originally from Elk Point, Duane is an empathic listener excelling in negotiation skills, project management, and working as part of a team both with the Alumni board and our valued partners. He is driven to expand our contact list of former Canadiens Alumni and carry through the Alumni vision of giving back to the local communities in the Lakeland.

Duane played for the St. Jr. Canadiens from 1985 through 1989, winning a Provincial Championship in 1986. He is the secretary of the St. Paul Jr. Canadiens Alumni Foundation.

Duane Wolanuk

Secretary

Years played for St. Paul Jr. Canadiens:

1985-1986, 1986-1987, 1987-1988, 1988-1989

Armand Cardinal

 Indigenous Director

Armand hails from the nearby Saddle Lake Cree Nation, located 30 km west of St. Paul. In the 1983-84 season, he played with the St. Paul Jr. Canadiens as a left winger forward. His coaches during that time were the late Clancy Richard and current alumni Pat O’Neil.

That year, the Jr. Canadiens were not part of a formal league, but they played exhibition games with teams from surrounding communities and Edmonton at a juvenile level. Despite not being part of a league, the team had a memorable season, and Armand formed lasting friendships with his teammates who were also part of that year’s Jr. Canadiens team.

As a member of the St. Paul Jr. Canadiens Alumni legacy, Armand looks back on his time with the team with fondness and pride. He cherishes the memories of playing with his teammates and being a part of a tight-knit community of hockey players who shared a passion for the sport.

Mark’s work history started at the age of 12 when he got his first job at Champs Sports. He continued working at the store for 13 years until it sold when he was 25. After that, he tried a couple of other management roles in different industries until he was 44 years old.

In 1996, Mark ventured into the oil field and started managing oil field supply stores. He has been in this line of work ever since and has gained significant experience in managing supply stores in the oil and gas industry.

Aside from his work, Mark has a passion for sports. He played all his minor sports in St. Paul and had a dream of playing for the St. Paul Jr. B Canadiens. In his last year of midget hockey, he got the opportunity to play a few games. After completing his minor hockey, Mark went on to play with the Jr. B Canadiens from 1978-1985.

In 1986, Mark was asked by head coach Dale Finnerty to be an assistant coach with Danny Sadlowski to bring the club to be the provincial champions. He took on this role and played a vital part in helping the team achieve this feat. Mark’s passion for sports and his desire to help others achieve their goals made him an excellent coach, and he continued coaching for many years after that.

Mark Hassen

Treasurer

Jaden Saik

Jaden is a Financial Advisor at his family-owned business, Saik Insurance Services Ltd. in St. Paul. He works with business owners, families, and retirees to help them protect their assets and thrive financially.

Jaden can leverage his interpersonal skills and business and financial knowledge to pursue and enhance opportunities within the Alumni Foundation. In addition to being a Director with the St. Paul Jr. Canadiens Alumni Foundation, he is also a Director with the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and Lakeland MS Society.

Jaden enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Chad is the co-owner of Connected Media Inc., a multi-media company that specializes in digital marketing and promotions. He is a people person with 20 years of experience in sales and client relations, which he has levied into strong relationships with leaders throughout the local region. To say he is connected would be an understatement.

He has secured over $1 million in sponsorships over the years for non-profit organizations such as the Bonnyville Jr. A Pontiacs, the Bonnyville Ag Society and the Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has worked on securing sponsorships for special events such as the World Jr. A Challenge.

Chad is a seasoned master of ceremonies and is often called upon when an auctioneer is needed and has a way of maximizing earning potential from an event.

Chad has a passion for youth sports and junior level hockey. He is a true promoter of the St. Paul Jr. Canadiens and the Canadiens culture.

Chad Colbourne

Pat O’Niell

Honourary Director

Pat has been a true pillar of the St. Paul Canadiens organization, dedicating decades of his life to the sport of hockey. He started as a player with the Juvenile Canadiens in 1958-1959 and went on to play senior hockey for 10 years. Pat then transitioned into management roles, serving as a Junior B board member for 25 years. He was the team manager from 1977 to 1987, assistant coach from 1972 to 1978, head coach from 1978 to 1980, and president of the club for two years in 1980-1981 and 1982-1983. He even found time to serve as a referee for five years.

Pat’s dedication to hockey did not go unnoticed. He was named St. Paul’s Citizen of the Year in 1985 and was inducted into the NEAJBHL Hall of Fame in 1994 for his outstanding service to the sport. Today, he continues to be a great supporter of the St. Paul Jr. B Canadiens, even as he watches from the sidelines. This year, the organization proudly honors Pat by raising his banner to the rafters in recognition of his many years of service to the team.

The St. Paul Canadiens organization is grateful to all who have given their time and energy to ensure that the team remains a proud ambassador of the town and surrounding area. Along with Pat O’Neill, other dedicated individuals like Clarence “Clancy” Richard, Rene deMoissac, and Henri Van Brabant have tirelessly supported hockey in St. Paul. We must also acknowledge the contributions of Raymond Lefebvre, Didier Gamache, Lena O’Neill, and countless others who have volunteered their time to keep the Canadiens organization running for over 65 years. And, of course, we cannot forget the unwavering support of the fans and local businesses who have stood behind the team through thick and thin. This history of the St. Paul Canadiens is dedicated to all of these individuals and groups who have made the team what it is today.

Dale is married to Patti and currently resides in Lethbridge with their two children, Tricia and Ryan. Ryan was born in St. Paul, where the family has fond memories. They have five grandchildren, with Tricia residing in Lethbridge with her husband Shaun and their three children, while Ryan lives in Manchester, UK with his wife Emma and their two children.

Dale has had a long and successful career as a hockey coach. He was the coach of the Jr. Canadiens from 1980 to 82 and again from 1983 to 1986. During these periods, he was forever grateful for the guidance of team manager Pat O’Neill and the valuable assistance of assistant coaches Danny Sadlowski and Mark Hassan. Under his leadership, the Canadiens were league finalists in 80-81 and provincial finalists in 83-84. They were also league finalists and provincial champions 85-86.

Dale has always remained in touch with many of his former players and is extremely proud to be a founding member of the Alumni Foundation. He cherishes the memories of his time with the Jr. Canadiens and the relationships he formed with his players, coaches, and colleagues. Dale is a dedicated family man who has always put his loved ones first and has a deep passion for hockey and coaching.

Dale Finnerty

Honourary Board

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