Men's Ice Hockey Visits Green Acres Elementary School

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team visited Green Acres Elementary School in North Haven, Conn. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. The Bobcats read a variety of children's books to the school's kindergarten students.

The entire roster was on-hand at the North Haven elementary school, in addition to head coach Rand Pecknold and assistant coach Bill Riga. The Bobcats sat with over 50 students in the school's cafeteria, reading and coloring with the young children.

"Visiting a school and interacting with children is great," Riga said. "Our student-athletes are role models to these kids and I'm sure it means a lot to have our guys here. For me, it's great to be involved in the community."

In the last week, the men's and women's ice hockey teams have been busy traveling to various elementary schools in the area as part of Quinnipiac Athletics' Positive Play initiative. The Positive Play program encourages community involvement by Quinnipiac's student-athletes. The men's and women's teams visited Ridge Road School in North Haven on Jan. 7 before the women traveled to Nathan Hale School in New Haven, Conn. The men's team visited Fairfield Country Day School on Tuesday, Jan. 12.