Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin launches program for underprivileged youth

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Jonathan Drouin made a generous financial commitment to the University of Montreal Hospital Centre back in September and on Wednesday he continued to make an impact in the community and on young Montreal Canadiens fans.

Drouin teamed up with the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation to launch a program called “Jo et ses champions.” As part of the partnership the 22-year-old agreed to contribute $165,000 annually in order to acquire a specially-designed suite in the Bell Centre that will afford underprivileged youth the opportunity to attend Canadiens home games.

“From the first day I got here, I wanted to get involved and do something for children by giving them an opportunity to enjoy memorable experiences,” Drouin said in a press release. “By giving them a chance to attend a hockey game, I am hoping that an evening in the suite will provide the kids and their families with some relief from the personal hardships they are facing. They’ll have a chance to be together and have a great time, and for me, it’s an opportunity to contribute in my own way to their well-being.”

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