Capital Area Gladiators Canadian Rules Football Club
#58 Nick Desilets, 1973-2003
Nick Desilets was born on November 7, 1973 in Quebec City to Raymond and Lise
Desilets. He attended Mount Allison University where he played offensive line for the
football Mounties for four years, including the 1997 Atlantic Bowl Game. He met his future wife, Andrea
Pike at Mount A. After graduating
in 1998 with his Bachelor of Arts and Certificate in Languages Nick and
Andrea went to the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton where they both
received their Bachelor of Education. Nick and Andrea were married in August,
New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, May 27, 2003
Flags were lowered and signs of grief were hung on a fence at the St. Stephen
High School following Monday's death of teacher and football coach Nick Desilets.
Football jerseys, banners, flowers and a football were placed along the school
fence to honour Mr. Desilets.
Nick Desliets (first on left, wearing gray shirt) August, 2001
Championship a reflection of early building blocks
Published Thursday November 15th, 2007
Appeared on page B12
Someday in the coming years, Alex Desilets will gain more appreciation of the impact his father Nick had on a group of young football players St. Stephen.
For now though, the pre-schooler is enjoying the festivities associated with the Spartans' provincial 10-man football championship, where the school won the Nick Desilets Memorial Trophy, named after his father, who died suddenly four years ago, less than two months after Alex was born.
"Nick loved football and working with those boys - that was something he loved," said Andrea Desilets, Alex's mother, Nick's wife and a St. Stephen High School teacher.
"He loved every second of it."
Saturday was a difficult day in some ways for Andrea, as the Spartans played for the trophy honouring the memory of her husband, the man she meet while both were students at Mount Allison University. That was before they enrolled at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton for their education degrees, which helped them both land jobs in St. Stephen - Nick teaching French and her science.
Nick also carried his love affair for football to the area, was the school's head coach, and was beginning to develop a peewee program.
When he died, those plans were beginning to take shape and in some ways, Saturday's victory was a reflection of those early building blocks.
And while the team had been close before, they pulled it off with a thrilling 33-18 victory over the St. Malachy's Saints in Moncton, less than an hour from where Desilets played university ball.
"Not having Nick here is still difficult but on the other hand, to see the people remembering him like this, to see the game and the program growing here in St. Stephen is very special," said Andrea. "To share his memory like that is amazing."
In the post-game celebrations, many of the Spartans' players started to chant Desilets' name.
The atmosphere at the school this week is overwhemingly positive with the trophy in the school, players, proudly displaying their medals -and bruises - with plenty of smiles.
"The game they played - not just them but St. Malachy's - it was good football," said Andrea. "It was a good clean game and obviously everyone had worked really hard to be there and that is the way Nick felt football should be."
After the game Saturday, Alex was ready to celebrate in style.
"When they won, he was very excited," said Andrea. "He wore his Spartan hat to bed that night. He is getting old enough now to realize what it is. It is a special game."
Still with football, Spartans head coach Tom Hart says the school will officially recognize the team with an assembly Monday at 8:45 a.m.