Draft NHL Players to Work in Quebec Schools

Draft NHL Players to Work in Quebec Schools

After years of living in Quebec, I’ve come to believe that this is a province of contradictions.

  • Churches are being torn down or converted into condos faster than you can bounce a penny off a bowl of JELL-O and yet, the suggestion of removing the letter t from behind the speaker’s throne at the National Assembly sparked a major debate.
  • The government wants to attract immigrants to pick up the slack for falling birthrates, but it makes newcomers jump through flaming language hoops to qualify to work in their chosen fields.
  • High school kids are dropping out in increasing numbers, and getting stuck on the flypaper of life in the process, and the Quebec Liberals want to cut the budget for education.
  • Québec City is building a colossal amphitheatre, partly for an NHL team it doesn’t have and probably never will. (Ouch! Sorry about that one. I guess I’m a glass half empty kind of guy…)
    Quebecers enjoy French fries with their pizza … that’s not a really a contradiction – I just find it weird.

ice-skating-295042_1280If Quebec City is going to entice an NHL franchise to set up shop here, then they’re probably going to have to do it with some provincial money. The province doesn’t want to spend during this time of fiscal restraint, so why not kill two birds with one puck and enlist the players … TO WORK IN SCHOOLS!

Think about it, kids aren’t interested in learning about whatever is being written on whiteboards and teachers are having a hard time keeping up with the excitement of YouTube videos, Netflix movies, iPhone games and that squirrel searching for his missing nuts outside the classroom window.  I think it’s time to bring in the pros, not to teach, just to do the same kinds of things they’re getting paid to do on the ice already.

  • Sitting on the bench. Imagine the look on your child’s face when his or her NHL idol attends a lunch hour floor hockey tournament. It would make wearing those scratched, plastic, ill-fitting goggles that kids have to wear to protect them from seeing their opponent’s net 100% worth it.
  • Going round and round, really fast. A school yard is just like a hockey rink, only bigger. It would be easy for these guys to chase kids, all recess long. They could even check them (gently – just friendly, fun-style checking, no high sticking or concussions). Students would be too tired out to fool around in class.
  • Studying routines and plays. Players could work with teachers to amend lesson plans so that they reflected the realities of hockey. For example, in math, students could work on their multiplication skills by calculating the player’s forever escalating salaries. Then they could master their long division by dividing how much a player makes once he’s signed a five year deal by the number of minutes he spends on the ice or the number of goals he scores … real life situational problems.

I think Quebec City needs a hockey team, mainly because they still haven’t got over their breakup with their last one, the Quebec Nordiques (Nordiques de Québec). I also think schools, not just in the Capitale-Nationale region, but across the province, could benefit from a helping hand.

And finally, I think I need a snack – heavy on the starch and saturated fat.

Categories: Opinion

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Jason Enlow

Jason Enlow is a Special Education Technician at an English elementary school. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Jason studied Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous employers include CityTV, CBC, The Weather Network, and Global Television. He’s worked as a DJ, camera operator, musician, teacher, translator and video game content designer. Jason moved to Quebec City in 1997 where he still lives today with his wife and three sons.

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