'I am very proud to represent my country once again.'

Joé Juneau named to 'support; hockey team for 2010 Olympics


Nunavik's resident hockey coach Joé Juneau will be one of two assistant chefs de mission for the Canadian Olympic Team at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Juneau, an 11-year National Hockey League veteran, will join Canada's chef de mission, Nathalie Lambert, in supporting the athletes and coaches at the games next February.

"It is a true honour to be named assistant chef de mission," Juneau said. "I am very proud to represent my country once again, while representing the region of Nunavik whose leaders and educators have strongly supported my participation at these Olympic Winter Games. I will do my best to represent and support our Canadian athletes so we can come out very successful."

At the Albertville 1992 Olympic Winter Games, Juneau led Canada to a silver medal in hockey. Juneau led all Olympic players in scoring with 15 points (six goals, nine assists). Later that year he turned professional with the Boston Bruins and scored 102 points as a rookie in the NHL.

Over 828 career games Juneau scored 572 points, played for six teams and reached the Stanley Cup twice.

In 2006, Juneau launched a grassroots hockey program in Nunavik, using the sport as a tool to show youth aged five to 17 the importance of education, develop leadership, introduce them to a healthy lifestyle and prevent criminality throughout Nunavik.

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