“SIR ÉRIC’ RETURNS TO CAMPUS Football Mountie great’s number retired during Homecoming celebrations C by Kathryn Levandier (’14) urrent Mount Allison students and alumni will always have one thing in common — a strong sense of Allisonian pride. This was never more evident than on Homecoming Weekend when both communities came together to cheer on the Mounties and honour one of their own. Despite a tough 48-17 loss to visiting McGill Redmen, spectators felt especially proud to be Allisonians on this day. Not only did the campus celebrate the commencement of a new season of Mounties athletics, we also celebrated and honoured the football career and achievements of Éric Lapointe (’00) by retiring his famous football Mountie number 5. During his football career at Mount Allison, Lapointe became a mentor for not only his teammates but also for the Mount Allison and Sackville communities. He was fittingly known as “The Running Man” and “Sir Éric” for his impressive stats and was well recognized for his athletic achievements.  Lapointe was named Canada’s Rookie of the Year, was a threetime All-Canadian and two-time recipient of the Hec Crighton Trophy during his time at Mount Allison. Upon graduation, he was drafted to the Canadian Football League (CFL) where he spent eight years finishing out his football career — including a Grey Cup win with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1999 and a second Grey Cup appearance with the Montreal Alouettes in 2005. In November 2012, Lapointe was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and at Reunion Weekend 2013 was awarded the Contemporary Achievement Award. On Sept. ’14 he became one of the first Mounties to have their number retired. At an event held prior to the football game, a fund raiser for the Lower Canadian Connection Football Awards and scholarships, Lapointe was reunited with past Mounties including former coach John MacNeil, Mathieu Gauthier (’00), Pat Parent (’97), Marco Lahaie (’00), Scott O’Neal (’94), John Allanach (’96), Jim Cochran (’96), Darcy Walsh (’00), Shaun Keyes (’99), and Sebastien Roy (’03). In introducing Lapointe to the podium, MacNeil credited him with making all those around him better and bringing together a team suffering from low morale. During his speech, Lapointe remembered his favourite moment as a Mountie — during the 1996 season the Mounties 28 / Fall 2013 / RECORD