Authors visit local school
If you are an Ottawa Senators fan, you would have enjoyed being at Maxville Public School on Thursday morning when author Chris Stevenson was there to talk about his new book, 100 Things Senators Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.
Mr. Stevenson, who worked for nhl.com and The Ottawa Sun before taking up his current role at The Athletic web page, kept Maxville Public students, as well as those from North Stormont PS, entertained with stories about the National Hockey League team. One of the most colourful characters was Chris Neil, who played for the Sens from 2001-2017. According to Mr. Stevenson, Chris Neil was quite the practical joker who enjoyed getting the better of both teammates and employees. In one story, he hid in an industrial dryer and grabbed at someone who was preparing to load in some sheets. In another story, Chris Neil hid in the back of former goaltender Patrick Lalime’s car, surprising his teammate when he got in.
“Patrick almost had a heart attack,” Mr. Stevenson recollected.
Mr. Stevenson also had kind words to say about Senators’ former captain, Daniel Alfredsson, who, he said was a great leader with a good work ethic. As an example, he talked about how Mr. Alfredsson liked to end each practice by playing a came called juice boy. It was a shootout type of competition where the loser is required to serve Gatorade to his teammates in the dressing room.
Mr. Stevenson and writers Melissa Yuan-Innes, Carol Goddard and Bruce Foster also met with the pupils last week as
the school promoted reading.
Mr. Stevenson also took some questions from the audience. Someone wanted to know who he was backing in the Stanley Cup playoffs since the Senators
aren’t in it. “The San Jose Sharks,” he said, adding that Joe Thornton has been in the league for more than 20 years and still doesn’t have a Stanley Cup to show for it.
READING WEEK: Chris Stevenson reads from his book, 100 Things Senators Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, at Maxville Public School last Thursday.