refuse to give up

Louis Dumont, GM of the Ice Gators reminds parents that now that school is back, talk with your children and keep them talking so you can make sure this year is bully free for them. Join with the Ice Gators and take the pledge, Bullying Stops With Me!

The Star: “…Dumont never made the NHL. Never made a six-figure salary. Never had his meals brought to him on a charter flight. But Dumont also never quit playing. Instead, he’s had a lifetime of wearing the sweaters of various minor-league fauna. Whether it be as a Thunderbird, a Tiger Shark, an IceGator, a Lynx, a Sea Wolf or a Grizzly, Dumont has found a home each season through 17 years in minor pro hockey. Sunday, when the NHL’s biggest stars take to the ice in Raleigh, Dumont will be celebrating his 38th birthday in a Memphis suburb at the other end of the pro hockey spectrum, wondering if he’ll still be playing when No. 39 ticks off the calendar. Probably. He’s not the longest serving minor-leaguer — though his 771 games in the East Coast Hockey League do rank him second in that loop — and he’s not the oldest but he is representative of those players who refuse to give up on the game once the NHL gives up on them. Shinny addicts who can’t walk away even after that dream dies. “I never played in the NHL but I made wherever I played kind of the NHL. It was my NHL. I get to come to the rink every day and have my games. I don’t get paid like they do for sure but it’s my dream,” he said, explaining his hockey stick-to-itiveness in a telephone interview. “When you’re 16 or 17 and dreaming of playing in the NHL, you think your world will end if you don’t make it. But I’ve taken so much from the game, so much gratification out of it. It’s still just a game when I’m out there playing; whatever league I’m playing in. I still really, really enjoy it, all facets of it. I just love going to the rink every day…” (Living a hockey dream in the minor leagues)

Louis Dumont (b. January 30th 1973 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a canadian center who plays in the Central Hockey League for the Mississippi RiverKings. He enjoyed his best season with the Pensacola Ice Pilots in 2001-02 when he scored 32 goals and added 70 assists for 102 points in 72 games (

The Louisiana IceGators are a team of the Southern Professional Hockey League who began play in the 2009-10 season. Like the original IceGators which played from 1995 until folding in 2005, they are based out of Lafayette, Louisiana. For their first season as members of the SPHL, home games were played at the Blackham Coliseum rather than the Cajundome, the original home of the ECHL ‘Gators. For the 2010-11 season, however, the team’s home ice returned to the Cajundome (Wikipedia).