Au­thors visit local school

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

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.

STEVEN WARBURTON PHOTO

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.

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