Men’s hockey: “season of destiny”

It was a scene of joy and elation one month ago at McGill’s McConnell Arena that summed up all that the Stingers’ men’s hockey team had worked for over the long 2000-2001 season.
The Stingers had just defeated the Redmen in their own rink in a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory that saw McGill grab the lead on two separate occasions. Concordia caught up both times, and finally ended the Redmen’s season when winger Michel Tremblay scored in overtime.
The bench cleared as the Stingers’ squad jumped into a big pile with goaltender Francis Gourdeau at the bottom.
It was Gourdeau that had kept them in the game. It was Gourdeau who had virtually stolen the series from McGill, as he recovered from a string of bad games in the middle of the season to regain his number one spot from the injured rookie phenom Philippe Ozga.
Then came the UQTR Patriotes, and the unfortunate end to Concordia’s “season of destiny,” as coined by head coach Kevin Figsby.
It was a quick two game elimination for the Stingers, culminating with an embarrassing 8-2 thrashing at by the visiting Pats’ at Concordia’s Ed Meagher Arena.
This game also marked the end of captain Vince Labossi


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