coach Kevin Figsby and assistant coach Sergio Momesso at a Stingers
hockey practice last weekend.
After toiling for 13 seasons in the National Hockey League and three more
playing in Europe, Sergio Momesso decided to hang up his skates
and head to Concordia University.
Momesso, a native Montrealer, is now an assistant coach for the Stingers
mens hockey team, working closely with head coach Kevin Figsby.
Its Momessos first foray into coaching, and Figsby says hes
He could easily be a head coach somewhere next year, if he wants,
said Figsby, who is in his first full season coaching at Concordia. The
players look at Sergio and hes respected, because they know hes
played the game at a high level. They have total confidence in him.
Momesso began his playing career with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1983-84
season. He also played for the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, New
York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Known as a rugged and hard-working
player, Momesso scored 152 goals and added 193 assists in 710 regular
season NHL games. He also amassed 1,557 minutes in penalities.
In 1997, he continued his professional career in Europe, where he played
in Cologne, Germany, for three seasons.
The first two years, I had my family with me over there, but last
season I went by myself, and it was tough, said Momesso. It
was great playing there, but I made the decision to come back to Montreal.
I wanted to stay involved with hockey, and my friend Herb Madill suggested
I phone Kevin and ask if he needed an assistant. We met a few times and
it worked out. Im loving it so far.
I wanted to teach guys that were old enough to understand systems,
he continued. University hockey is the perfect level. At first,
I basically sat back and watched, but now, Im getting my feet wet
and getting to know everybody. Kevin has let me run a few practices.
Momesso, who lives in Kirkland with his wife Noella and their three small
children, says he wants to be a tough but fair coach.
Ive played for a lot of different coaches who had different
styles, like Mike Keenan, Pat Burns and Jean Perron, he said. If
you yell at players all the time, you wont get too far. That act
will wear thin. The players basically know when they make a mistake. Its
my job to suggest what they can do better, and encourage them.
Im not there to step on anyones toes, he continued.
Im there to help Kevin. Hes a good coach, and I think
this team can win. We can beat the teams Ive seen so far.
The Stingers have played well in their first four games, despite winning
just two of them.
Weve had a few injuries, and theyve happened away from
the rink, said Figsby. In one week, we had two players involved
in car accidents. Thank God they werent serious injuries, but they
were enough to keep players out of the line-up. I jokingly told the boys
that maybe Sergio and I should drive the players to the games ourselves
just like Atom coaches do.
The Stingers have a pair of important home games this weekend. They host
the McGill Redmen Friday at 7:30 p.m., and then the Ottawa Gee-Gees are
in town Saturday for a 2 p.m. start. Both games will be played at the
rink on the Loyola Campus.
Béliveau at Loyola tomorrow night
Jean Béliveau, the former Montreal Canadiens great, will join the
Concordia Stingers mens and womens hockey teams and the Friends
of Concordia Hockey Alumni at a special ceremony to retire Maurice Richards
No. 9 at the Ed Meagher Arena, 7200 Sherbrooke St. W., on Friday evening.
Three sweaters, all with the famous No. 9, will be hoisted to the ceiling;
a Canadiens jersey, and two Concordia sweaters, representing both the
mens and womens teams. Richard, a hockey icon, died last May.
Béliveau played centre for the Canadiens during the glory years
of the 1950s and 60s. Retiring from on-ice action in 1971, he went
on to a successful career in the Habs front office and continues
to act as a hockey ambassador. He will be joined at the ceremony by Jean
Richard, Maurices youngest son.
Following the ceremony, the mens team will battle its cross-town
rivals, the McGill Redmen. The faceoff will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
for each game will be available at the door.