As the city of Montreal undergoes a female sporting renaissance, the Motnreal Blitz showed support for their hockey sisters, the Montreal Stars. A handful of Blitz players were in attendance for the Stars contest against the Boston Blades, which was also the franchise’s annual fundraiser for breast cancer research.
During the first period of the contest, the Stars were adorned in pink Bauer jerseys that were auctioned off afterwards. Approximately 70 percent of the proceeds went to the Wellness Initiative of the Cedar’s Breast Cancer Clinic at the McGill University Health Centre.
The Blitz players in attendance were part of a sold-out crowd that raised an astounding $12,000. Although the Blitz players were not recognized during the contest, there is no question that the two franchises should learn to develop a stronger association.
As players from both the Blitz and the Stars have played for their respective national teams, cross-promotion may be a unique way to help both teams grow. Although both clubs rely on a dedicated group of volunteers, there is no question that both can learn from each others’ methods and possibly find ways to improve.
Certainly, the common factor between them is their ability to provide a superior sporting product. The Stars have earned three Clarkson Cup championships, while the Blitz have enjoyed championships at the Tier I and Tier II level of the IWFL. Both are definitely model franchises in their respective leagues.
While the Stars are starting to gain footing in the Montreal sports scene, the Blitz can look to them as a sign that their day will come too. Although the Blitz have existed longer than the Stars, the concept of female football is still one that is taking time to accept. Female football today is where women’s hockey was in 1990, when the first IIHF Women’s World Championships were held.
Both the Blitz and the Stars have emerged as not just successful sports franchises but model citizens and inspiring individuals. Athletes such as Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux (Stars) and Saadia Ashraf (Blitz) are not just wondrous women, but key builders for modern female sport in Montreal.