The RBC School Tour continued on Monday, November 26 when Rangers goaltender Franky Palazzese brought the Read with the Rangers program to St. Dominic Savio Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener.
Armed with the book Brady Brady and the MVP, by Mary Shaw and Chuck Temple, Palazzese was greeted by an eager group of students in the lobby who gave him a brief tour of their school. One young boys seemed surprised to see the Missisauga, ON native in his classroom, but quickly recovered, and congratulated Franky on Friday night’s shutout with an appreciative high five.
After visiting with a group of primary students, the floor was opened for questions and the students got creative, asking the netminder about everything from his hockey roots to his favourite foods. Palazzese shared with the class the importance of hard work in achieving your goals and told them about the off-ice activities he shares with his teammates. But there was one question from a young goalie that had him momentarily stumped.
“When your teammates are going the other way down the ice, how do you stay busy?” inquired one little girl, adding “I always get bored, so I play thumb wars with myself.”
Franky had to laugh, and explained that he stays focused on the play, to prepare for the next shot he would face. But he did joke that he might borrow her game one day.
With time winding down, the class shared their musical talent with Palazzese, using their percussion instruments to bang out an enthusiastic ‘Let’s Go Rangers!’ chant. After signing a few more autographs, the Rangers tender was forced to take his leave of the students, but thanked them warmly for their hospitality.
The RBC School Tour brings the excitement of Kitchener Rangers hockey to schools around the Waterloo Region. To learn more about the RBC School Tour, visit our website.