Blue Jackets players Pierre-Luc Dubois and David Savard took time away from the ice to visit middle school students at Ecole Kenwood French Immersion School Monday.
Both Canadian players speak French as their native tongue, so they spoke with the middle school students to help them learn the French language.
“To come talk to the kids here, I was really excited, you know, some maybe have parents at home that speak French or they can speak French with them and some maybe don’t and its the only time that they’ll be able to do it is here, so to get them more excited to learn the language and get them going is really fun,” said Pierre-Luc Dubois.
Nearly four hundred students attend the middle school in order to learn French as a second language, so the Blue Jackets were happy to be an education sponsor.
“When it comes down to the kids I think we always try to find time, and it was fun, you know, it was a great set-up, the kids were happy we were here and I think it was great to see them to see them smile and for them to see we’re just normal people playing hockey at night,” said David Savard.
Middle school student Lydia Mercerhill has attended Blue Jackets games, and she brought her CBJ hat to get signed by the players.
“It was really cool because I didn’t know that they were fluent and it was cool because I didn’t think I’d get this close to the players again,” said Mercerhill.
The players were happy to sign the students’ fan memorabilia while speaking their native language.
“Pretty neat to see all those kids and see how they can talk in French and how good they are too, you know it being their second language and not being in a place where you talk it every day, so it was pretty cool”
The Blue Jackets returned to Columbus after winning three straight games during their road trip out West. They host Washington Tuesday, February 11th.