Éric Lapointe (’00) of Brossard, QC, received the Contemporary Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding achievement by an alumnus or alumna within 15 years of graduation, at Mount Allison’s 2013 Reunion celebrations. Lapointe was also honoured for both his athletic and career achievements at Homecoming Weekend, when his Mountie #5 was officially retired.
Recently elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Lapointe played football for the Mount Allison Mounties and went on to play with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes, winning the Grey Cup with the Ti-Cats and making the finals with the Alouettes. 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 three-time All-Canadian, and two-time recipient of the Hec Crighton Trophy during his time at Mount Allison.
Lapointe’s ties to the community were so close during his time at Mount Allison that he even appeared as one Grade 2 boy’s “show and tell” item. That second grader, Wray Perkin, is a member of the class of 2013, and was the one to present Lapointe with his award at Reunion.