Lessons frozen as ice hockey stars drop in

Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey players Joh DeCaro and Danny Wood talking to the pupils at Ryhill Junior and Infant School.
Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey players Joh DeCaro and Danny Wood talking to the pupils at Ryhill Junior and Infant School.
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CHILDREN from Ryhill J&I School had an assembly with a twist when two ice hockey players turned up.

Players from the Sheffield Steelers visited the school last week to talk about the game.

And they even let the children try on some of their equipment.

Forward Danny Wood and netminder John De Caro also told the children about what being a professional ice hockey player involves as well as underlining the importance of healthy eating.

They also offered the children and their families discounted tickets to the Steelers next home game tomorrow night.

Year one teacher and Steelers season ticket holder, Lucy Dolman, said: “The children all seemed to really enjoy it and they were all very eager to try on the gear.

“We also had a quite a large uptake in the ticket offer for their next home game so the children must have enjoyed it.”

Mr Wood and Mr De Caro brought ice hockey sticks, skates, gloves and other protective equipment for the pupils to try.

And that is what proved to be the highlight of the day with all the children wanting to try out each piece for size.

The children are now set to see the duo and their team-mates in action, armed with a knowledge of the fast-paced sport.

They will see the Steelers take on Elite League rivals the Cardiff Devils at the Motorpoint Arena tomorrow night.

Clerical officer, Jane Watson, said: “It was great because ice hockey is something unusual and new for the kids.

“They loved it. They thought it was great.”

“We have already had lots of children sign up for the offer and they are all really looking forward to the game.”