Kitchener Rangers players Connor Bunnaman and Jake Henderson visited Grade 2 students at Forest Hill Public School on Thursday, December 14 for a Read with the Rangers session on the RBC School Tour.
Read with the Rangers is a program that focuses on the importance of literacy while having fun. Students have the opportunity to read with their favourite Rangers players, and learn a little more about the players’ experiences through reading and education.
The players discuss important lessons with the students like respect, goal-setting, sportsmanship and teamwork.
On Wednesday, Connor and Jake read Brady Brady and the MVP and Brady Brady and the Singing Tree to the group. They then took questions from the students spanning topics from how the players keep up with both hockey and school, and who their favourite hockey player is.
Connor answered in regards to balancing school and hockey, explaining that time management plays an important role in making sure their homework gets done around their practice and game schedule.
Jake mentioned that his favourite NHL player was one of his former coaches, Keith Tkachuk, who used to play for his favourite team, the St. Louis Blues.
Connor was asked what it was like to be drafted by an NHL team, as he was chosen by the Philadelphia Flyers two summers ago. He told the students it takes hard work and practice to get drafted, just like it takes studying hard and doing homework to the best of their ability to pass each grade.
The next visit on the RBC School Tour was a Captain’s Clinic at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Cambridge.
To learn more about the RBC School Tour, click here.