Former Hawk to play pro hockey in Belgium

Golden Hawk alumnus Luke Girard will be making his way over to Belgium later this summer to start the second chapter of his hockey career.

Beginning September 1, Girard, a forward, will trade in his purple and gold for the colours of Herentalse HYC in the Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation.

“Ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to use hockey as a means to see the world,” said Girard. “This is a good opportunity for me to still play hockey, do what I love, and travel a little.”

The opportunity presented itself around the middle of May, when Girard’s agent, who he has had since February, in Europe found an opening on the professional team.

In speaking with The Cord Girard was adamant about how much his time in purple and gold meant to him.

“I really enjoyed it,” said Girard.

“I loved Laurier and I recommend [the school] to all my friends, and being able to play hockey for Laurier…I don’t even know how to describe it.”

“It was awesome to represent a school with such a competitive sports program,” he added.

Girard, who during his four years playing for Laurier accumulated 41 goals and 82 points in 97 games, says that he will always remember the support from his team mates, coaches and teachers.

“It’s a really cool experience to have so much support behind you,” said Girard.

“I think that made my time at Laurier that much more enjoyable and it was that much easier to balance schoolwork and playing hockey at such a competitive level.”