Montreal Canadiens defenceman Mike Matheson to visit St. Gabriel School

Montreal, April 14, 2023-  Montreal Canadiens defenceman Mike Matheson will visit St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles (600, rue Dublin)  on Monday, April 17 (10 am) to talk to students.  He will do so as an ambassador  of the Champions for Life Foundation, which empowers children to move well and build the skills, confidence, and motivation to be active for a lifetime

Mike Matheson

Mr. Matheson, who was born and raised in Montreal and joined the Canadiens this season via a trade from Pittsburgh,  will begin with Kindergarten students at 10 am. He will read a Little Champions interACTIVE story, which aims at providing meaningful movement experiences so that children build their physical literacy through storytelling. This will be followed by time with the Grades 1 to 6  students in the  gymnasium to talk about what it means to be a “Champion for Life” and other topics, such as growing up and having a family.

The Champions for Life Program has been running at St. Gabriel Elementary School since 2016, thanks to the generous support of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s  Foundation.     

Among the special guests will be Kaizen, the Champions for Life mascot, and EMSB representatives.

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 73 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at

About the Champions for Life Foundation

The Champions for Life Foundation empowers children to move well and helps them build the skills, confidence and motivation to be active for a lifetime. It offers physical literacy programs, resources, and expert technical assistance to schools and communities, especially those in underserved areas. To learn more about how they develop healthy, active environments where children thrive, visit or find them @championsforlifefoundation on social media.




Michael J. Cohen

Manager, Marketing and Communications

English Montreal School Board  


David Arsenault

Founder & Executive Director Cell: 514-825-5934


Christopher Laurin

Director, Marketing & Development

Cell: 514-963-1736

Mike Matheson, défenseur des Canadiens de Montréal, visitera l'école St. Gabriel

Montréal, le 13 avril 2023 - Le défenseur des Canadiens de Montréal, Mike Matheson, visitera l'école primaire Saint-Gabriel de Pointe-Saint-Charles le lundi 17 avril (10 h) pour s'entretenir avec les élèves.  Il agira à titre d'ambassadeur de la Fondation Champions de la vie, qui encourage les enfants à bien bouger et à acquérir les compétences, la confiance et la motivation nécessaires pour être actifs toute leur vie durant

M. Matheson, qui est né et a grandi à Montréal et qui a rejoint les Canadiens cette saison à la suite d'un échange avec Pittsburgh, commencera avec les élèves de la maternelle à 10 heures. Il lira une histoire interACTIVE de Little Champions, qui vise à fournir des expériences de mouvement significatives afin que les enfants développent leur littératie physique par le biais de l'histoire. Il passera ensuite du temps avec les élèves de la première à la sixième année dans le gymnase pour parler de ce que signifie être un " Champion pour la vie " et d'autres sujets, comme grandir et fonder une famille.

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