The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team visited Green Acres Elementary School in North Haven, Conn. on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Upon arrival at the North Haven elementary school, the Bobcats were divided into groups with half the team - comprised mostly of Canadian-born players - visited the third, fourth and fifth grade discusses to discuss geography with the schools' children. The remaining half of the team - consisting of Quinnipiac's United States-born athletes - visited kindergarten children where they read several books and then colored with the children.
The groupd comprised of Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Brooks Robinson (Duncan, British Columbia) and Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) discussed the efforts that they put forward to become NCAA Division I student-athletes, and stressed hard work in the classroom as well as on the field of play.
In another classroom, Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alberta), Reese Rolheiser (Edmonton, Alberta) and Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) talked to the children about the area that they came from and also greeted several eager Bobcat fans at the school.
Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Zack Currie discussed the rules of the game with one classroom; twins Connor and Kellen Jones visited with a second grade classroom and Clay Harvey (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Mike Glaicar (Kamloops, British Columbia) also discussed where they were from and also stressed the importance of education.
In the school's cafeteria, Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.), Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.), Jack Callahan (Red Bank, N.J.), Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.), Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Ben Arnt (Oakdale, Minn.), Cory Hibbeler (St. Louis, Mo.), Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta), Matthew Peca (Petawawa) and Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) read several books to the children, and then also drew and colored pictures with the kids.
Quinnipiac's Positive Play initiative encourages community involvement by Quinnipiac's student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Besides Quinnipiac's student-athletes, head coach Rand Pecknold, administrative assistant Lori Onofrio, assistant athletic director Ken Sweeten and promotions manager Dave Caprio were also on hand.
Contact: Ken Sweeten (firstname.lastname@example.org)