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Our Team Our Way: Canucks in the Classroom

by Colin Hope / Vancouver Canucks

The CanucksTV team arrived at Rockridge Secondary School in West Vancouver armed with cameras, lights, fog machines and even life-size cutouts of Daniel Sedin, Dan Hamhuis and Roberto Luongo looking to film a class of big-time Canuck fans. We had heard rumours that Grade 8 Social Studies teacher, Greg Elliott, had been incorporating the Canucks into his teaching curriculum because, you know what, the Canucks ’94 Stanley Cup run qualifies as history too!

Turns out we could have left most of our props behind. The classroom was wallpapered with Canucks flags, towels, clocks and posters. There was even a red goal light perched on Mr. Elliott’s desk. As it turns out the he has been a die-hard Canucks fan going back to the glory days of Bure, Linden and McLean. In fact, the North Vancouver native protects the crease as a goalie in his spare time while also coaching Rockridge’s hockey team.

We wanted to put a Canuck inspired spin on Mr. Elliott’s class and it didn’t take much to get the students into it. Most were already decked out in the Vancouver Canucks gear so they looked the part.

Kicking things off was the classic intro tune - U2’s “Where The Streets Have No Name”. And as Canuck fans know well, no introduction is complete without a fog-machine and light show. The kids put on their game faces and prepared for intellectual battle.

It had been a while since any of our crew had been in high-school and evidently out there are a few new rules in high school classrooms.

Get caught texting your friend while Mr. Elliott is discussing the nuances of Canadian parliament? That’s going to cost you two-minutes in the penalty box. And yes, you will feel shame, courtesy the class’ very own version of the Green Men.

An enlightening presentation made in front of the class is rewarded with not only a goal horn, high-fives, waving towels and chest-bumps but also a post-presentation interview from the teacher.

“Well you know, I tried to keep it simple and just focused on giving 110% and I think it just worked out for me,” Francesca told Mr. Elliott, channeling her inner Kevin Bieksa after her talk. “I feel like I deserve at least 100%”

And just like in any hockey game, no class is complete without the rush of the final buzzer going off. But in this class, watch out because when the buzzer sounds, the class is packing up and getting out the door faster than Jannik Hansen on a breakaway.

Over the rush of the crowd, Elliott reminds the class that they will need to finish chapters 4-7 while adding, “don’t forget, it’s game night. 'Hawks vs. Canucks 7PM!”

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