As the Montreal Stars become more relevant on the Montreal sporting landscape, the club is participating in a Battle of the Sexes versus a group of NHL alumni and actors from the Quebec hit television program Les Boys. The match is a fundraiser for the Montreal club and the Quebec Foundation for Children on behalf of Les Boys.
In Quebec, Les Boys is not only a popular French-Canada television program about middle-aged male hockey players participating in a beer league. In addition, it is also a viable film franchise. The fifth installment in Les Boys film series is due for a 2013 release. Throughout the history of Les Boys, various NHL and women’s hockey players have appeared. Longtime Stars goaltender Kim St. Pierre and alternate captain Caroline Ouellette appeared in the third installment of Les Boys film franchise.
The December 15 exhibition will take place at the Centre Etienne-Desmarteau, home rink of the Stars (who will be affectionately called Les Girls for the match). It will be the second time in less than two weeks that the Stars have competed against a men’s team. With Rocket Sport Dryer becoming a sponsor of the CWHL (the Stars' affiliate league), the Stars played an amicable match. The men’s team (assembled by Rocket Sport Dryer owner Domenico Ciarallo) was called the Rocket Men. NHL referee Dave Jackson was the official of the match as the Stars prevailed by an 11-4 tally.
Heading into their holiday break, this will be the Stars final match in 2012. Many Stars players already have experience in playing against NHL alumni. A handful of Stars players competed in a Hockey Helps the Homeless event in March 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario. The final contest of the day featured the Stars vs. NHL alumni, primarily members of the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
With the NHL lockout continuing to drag, the time is ripe for Montreal hockey fans to embrace the Stars and acknowledge their three Clarkson Cups over the last four seasons as a great accomplishment in Montreal hockey history. With the Stars looking to gain prominence (along with new fans), the amicable event against Les Boys should garner new fans, while ensuring that the true winners are the charities that the proceeds are going to.