The students at Princess Margaret Public School in Toronto were treated to a thrill as the Leafs' Curtis Joseph and Alyn McCauley made an appearance Monday to launch the second season of TD Waterhouse Leafs @ School.
The web-based initiative is aimed towards students in Grades 4 through 6. The program reached 33,000 students in Ontario last year and is expected to surpass that this year. After Leafs President Ken Dryden spoke on the importance of education, Joseph and McCauley answered questions from the kids.
"Education is very important," said McCauley. "It's much more important than us (the Leafs) going out and playing a game on the ice. My mother was a teacher and I think that's where you develop your values. Your relationships that you'll treasure for a long time will probably happen in the first couple of years of school."
Joseph knows all too well how important education is.
"I can honestly say that I wouldn't have made the NHL if I didn't have some good grades because I eventually went on a scholarship and that was my only avenue," said Joseph. "If I didn't pass the (US) SAT's then I wouldn't have been able to go to college and I'd be a good Men's League goalie right now."
The Leafs @ School will be supported throughout the year by player appearances at schools in the community.