The Ducks held their annual Reading is the GOAL day today, heading to Greentree Elementary school in Irvine. As part of the day, Ducks staffers (including myself) read to classrooms and answered questions about the Ducks.
Later in the day, an assembly was held for all fourth- and fifth-grade classes, with many of the students clad in the orange Let's Go Ducks shirt provided to them as part of the #PaintItOrange campaign during last year's playoffs. (We'll have a full story on the Reading is the GOAL event in the next few days.)
Ducks wingers Devante Smith-Pelly and Matt Beleskey were featured guests at the assembly hosted by Ducks reporter Kent French. The two of them read from the children's hockey book called Brady Brady and the Twirlin' Torpedo, as one read the text and the other showed the illustrations (and they switched halfway through).
They also performed admirably during a Q&A session with the kids, fielding questions that included, "What was your worst injury?" or "How many penalties have you taken?" When it was revealed Smith-Pelly has zero penalty minutes this season, he explained it by calmly saying, "I'm a nice guy."
But there was one question that stumped the duo: "Where did you go to college?" Both players, of course, elected to play junior hockey instead of attending college, and both were drafted as 18-year-olds (Beleskey in 2006 and Smith-Pelly in 2010).
Watch in the video below as they reveal that neither of them attended college. The collective gasp in the audience is a good sign for the future academic potential of these kids. (Also note the polite applause from just one kid when Beleskey offers, "I did take one class ... and I passed.")