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Another great honour for decorated athlete Boudreau


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TRURO - There aren't many athletes who have a list of credentials like Reggie Boudreau.
But his latest accomplishment may be the closest to his heart.
The 51-year-old Truro resident is one of the first four Cobequid Educational Centre alumni to be inducted in the Pye Chevrolet CEC Sports Wall of Fame. He will be joined by Keith MacKenzie, Sandy Allen and Archie Robertson in the wall's inaugural induction, which will be held Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at the school between the Cougars' alumni basketball games. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no cost.
"It's a great feeling," said the former Cougars runningback and kicker. "I'm pretty excited to be on the list to go in."
Boudreau entered the school a year after it opened in 1970 as a troubled foster child but graduated as a young man with direction. He credits his turnaround to MacKenzie, who was the football team's coach and athletic director, and Robertson, who was principal at the time.
"I needed football and sports to keep myself out of trouble and to see where I had to go in life," he said. "They opened a lot of doors for me to go to CEC and it turned my life around."
Boudreau became so attached to the school and its football program that he boarded with another family in his senior year to stay after his foster parents moved to Dartmouth.
The Cougars ended up winning their first ever provincial title and Boudreau rushed for 1,378 yards, led the league in scoring with 115 points and was named league MVP.
He then went on to play for the Saskatoon Hilltops of the Western Junior Football League where he picked up rookie of the year honours rushing for over 1,000 yards. In 1977 Boudreau scored 140 points for the Hilltops, a record which stood until this year.
Boudreau played for both the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger Cats in 1979 and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
But Boudreau said he was still taken aback when informed he would be honoured this weekend.
"It was a surprise," he said. "With me being away from home a lot I thought maybe it all would have been forgotten about, but this is another accomplishment in my life.
"A lot of good athletes have come out of CEC and to be on the list is quite an accomplishment."
Boudreau will be joined at the ceremony by his wife and two daughters, who now attend CEC.

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