Royal was born in Gatineau and was baptized at the St. Jean-Marie-Vianney Church. His parents then moved to Perkins (now known as Val-Des-Monts).


Once married, Royal returned to Gatineau to start a family, which now consists of eight children. He kept his children occupied by letting them play sports such as hockey, baseball and even football whenever he was able to find an area large enough.

Royal spent a lot of his own time at the Hétu Park removing snow from the ice rink and spraying water on the rink at night so that the rink could freeze over smoothly so the children of the community would be able to play hockey. He organized hockey teams, which would play each evening. The Hétu Park was the first park in the city of Gatineau to be lite during the night and Royal-Brassard was apart of the committee, which obtained these lights.

Royal joined the great volunteers from the St-René de Goupil association, which took care of hockey, baseball and also security of the Friday night dances at the St. René School. Royal was always present when it was his turn to volunteer.


This was where the minor hockey association of Gatineau was formed. This association was composed of more organized hockey teams who came to play hockey in Ottawa, Hull, Buckingham and Thurso. In the end the teams came out to play from about everywhere in the area. Since Gatineau did not yet have any ice rinks in the area.

Royal was not only the manager of the team but was also transported the teams equipment. The more there was to do he would always be there to do it. He was known as (the man who would do everything to help).

Royal became a member of the organization committee in the construction of the ice rink of Gatineau. Which was fully built in 1970. He was equally a part of the organization committee for the first hockey team to represent Gatineau in the international Pee-wee tournament of Quebec.

Royal was also apart of the Gatineau Pee-wee committee for several years where he was responsible for the team’s equipment.
All while being the team manager in 1980, Royal became head of the Gatineau area in the Gatineau hockey association. He held this position until his death.

Royal was a member of the star 'AAA' summer teams organization. Followed by a member of the organization committee for the Midget 'AAA' team in Gatineau and became the founder and volunteer of the Gatineau Intrepides Midget 'AAA' team.

Royal was also a volunteer for the sports studies program which was offered at the Nicolas Gatineau high school.
He was the president, director and a volunteer for the adult hockey teams in the Gatineau recreation (R.A.) league.
He was a referee and chief in the beginner baseball association of Gatineau for 15 years. He became an instructor and the manager to the children in baseball and later the director for the park restaurant. He was the man who did everything for the Sanscartier park association.

Royal has received the following honors:
1969 – nominated «Sportsman of the year»
1988 – Recipient of the «deserving citizen » by the sports Gala organized by the city of Gatineau.
1990 –Was made part of the Quebec hockey hall of fame by the federation of ice hockey in Quebec.
1990 – Received a medal from the Canadian Governor General for his volunteer work on the 125th anniversary of Canada.

Royal enjoyed his life by looking after the children and this is exactly what he did until his last days. On the day of his death in 1995 he was coming home from a hockey tournament in Laval. His life long commitment to the children was nothing short than it seems.

All the years that Royal offered to the community were always filled with joy and friendship thus he was always surrounded by great volunteers to help in the common cause.

Weather

Weather Icon

Place

Temperature
( and )

Latest News

Sponsors

104,7 fm Outaouais
Quality Inn Gatineau
IGA Famille Charles
Marc Sports - La source du sport
104,7 fm Outaouais
Quality Inn Gatineau
IGA Famille Charles
Marc Sports - La source du sport
104,7 fm Outaouais
Quality Inn Gatineau
IGA Famille Charles
Marc Sports - La source du sport