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Reaume family, 73’s pay tribute to Mike Reaume

-$14,000 raised for Canadian Mental Health Association -

by Garrett Fodor

January 4th to the Reaume family, along with the Essex 73’s, holds a special place in their hearts -  it is the birthday of one of their own, the late Mike Reaume.

  Reaume, on the ice as a 73, earned two Schmalz Cups in 1977 and 1978. He set records in the process, including most points and assists in a season by a defensemen. Off the ice, the family man could be found surrounded by co-workers and family members at his business, the Dairy Freez.

  Last Tuesday evening, the 73’s welcomed the Reaume family to the game before puck-drop, along with representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), to pay tribute to Reaume as the family walked out to centre ice.

  In honouring Reaume, his family looked to raise awareness along with fundraising proceeds for the CMHA. The family partnered with the 73’s to host a holiday skate before the Christmas break, which included a raffle, with prizes being donated by members of the community on Tuesday, which would have been Reaume’s 63rd birthday, the family wrapped up their raffle, announcing winners during the 73’s contest.

“We are very grateful for the overwhelming amount of support we received,” Arlene, Reaume’s wife, “From everyone who attended the skate to donating prizes and buying tickets and just donated, you helped make this a great tribute to mental health awareness along with Mike.”

  Reaume thanked the 73’s organization, including Tim Law and Joe Garon, who helped shape the fundraiser. She also noted she is grateful for the support throughout the process of all of the past and present Dairy Freez employees and family. 

  In the process of the event, Law, 73’s executive member, noted the organization would like to host a ‘Mental Health Awareness” evening each year moving forward. Law recognized the importance of raising awareness for mental health.

  Following the conclusion of the raffle draw on Tuesday, Reaume noted they are proud to announce that over $14,000 was raised for the CMHA. She was thankful for the entire community for helping with the tribute and for raising awareness for a cause that is so dear to the family. 

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