The 50th anniversary of the Saguenéens was celebrated on February 10 at the Georges-Vézina Centre. To mark the occasion, Rio Tinto, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, invited its employees to attend the match between the Sags and Quebec Remparts. It was a memorable evening full of pride!
Rio Tinto has been a partner of the Sags since the team’s founding in 1973. The multinational was happy to take part in the celebrations of the team’s 50th season in the QMJHL.
In the weeks leading up to the Saguenéens-Remparts match, a drawing contest was organised for the children of employees. Forty artworks were submitted on the theme of sport and hockey. The winner, Xavier Audet, received a number of gifts, including his drawing printed on a sheet of aluminium.
The young hockey fan also had the chance to do the face-off before returning to the Rio Tinto box, where he joined the other contest finalists. Proudly wearing their Sags hats, they waited impatiently for the game to begin. The flag bearers, sons of Rio Tinto employees, were also associated with the company.
The presence of the Rio Tinto community was felt during the pre-match. The Arvida Research and Development Centre choir sang the national anthem to an attentive crowd, clearly excited to see one of the most eagerly awaited games of the season.
The deep sense of pride that Rio Tinto and its employees have for the regional team was beautifully demonstrated. Hundreds of employees and their families gathered in the section reserved for them. The players’ performance earned the Saguenéens a 4-3 victory. It was a lively, enjoyable evening that many people are still thinking about today! Check out this video to see the atmosphere at the game: