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Tailing the Komets

Now this is cool stuff no one can argue about

This is a submission from Hoss:

I don't know if the players read the boards, but I wanted to say a BIG ``Thank You'' to Jonathan Goodwin and JC Ruid. Today they came in to our school and spent time with over 200 3-6 year-old students because we are going to the Komet game as a school Friday.

I know the players are ``expected'' to come out to things like this by the team to promote games, but they were not expected to answer question after question from the kids. After such a bad loss last night in Rockford and a long bus trip with guys in bad moods and after a hard practice today from a coach that was disapointed in effort, the guys went above and beyond what they ``needed'' to do.

They answered every question, listened to every student tell them about their dog or whatever was on their minds, and were very funny and the kids could tell they were not being fake, but enjoying their time with them. One kid asked Goodie, ``What happened to your head?'' (asking about a red mark above his eye.) and Goodie answered, ``One of the players on another team did it, but he didn't mean to." The next kid, five seconds later, asked him, ``How did you hurt your face?'' With a little laugh from the teachers and players, Goodie said ``I fell off my bike.''

Another kid asked JC if it was harder to ``play goalie or another player'' and it turned in to a quick goalie lesson from JC showing him how to ``be a butterfly goalie and close your five-hole.'' The look on the child's face, when a ``real'' hockey player was showing him how to play, was priceless!!! WAY


This is from Blake again: I happen to know for a fact that Jonathan and J.C. would do this kind of stuff all the time even if it wasn't expected. Both have ALWAYS given their time generously to kids and things like this. What's even more impressive to me, what time did they get home from Rockford on Thursday morning? And they still got out of bed and did this? You gotta respect that kind of extra effort.

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Hit Somebody!!!
Thu, 11/16/2006 - 6:23pm

Way Cool Stuff!!! Those guys get it. Thanks for sharing.

Thu, 11/16/2006 - 6:24pm

Absoulty respect that. That's what it means to give back tothe commuinty. Good job Jonathan and JC.

Thu, 11/16/2006 - 6:30pm

The thing is, knowing those two, they'd probably say they got just as much out of it as the kids. And they'd believe it, too.

Thu, 11/16/2006 - 6:34pm

Thanks for posting this Blake! The JC and Goodie are always welcome in my classroom!

If anyone wants to stop over and say hi to the kids, we will be in the high 220's behind the flag at the game Friday.

Thu, 11/16/2006 - 6:44pm

We are very fortunate to have these kind of guys play for us in fort wayne. Thanks for keeping the Komets high standards in the forefront. Keep up the great work on the ice as well, so far it has been a great season to watch.

I remember many many many many years ago
(i think Blake was in his 30's then)when i was young - looking at Komet players in Awe. Thats a really neat thing for them to do.

Thu, 11/16/2006 - 7:09pm

Yep, those guys are awesome...

I remember Goodie when he took pictures with my son last year before a game vs Richmond..they didn't have to, but they did..both are class acts on and off the Ice..way to go Guys..

Thu, 11/16/2006 - 7:38pm

See, this is why I dig this team! Hanging out with the pee wee's! Those guys are true heros.

Tony E
Thu, 11/16/2006 - 8:07pm

That is the cool thing about minor league sports. 99% of these guys still realize they are human beings. Sure the "major league" guys do it but many---not all--- only do it when there is a camera rolling or when their agents push them.

Fri, 11/17/2006 - 12:57am

I just wanted to say that is just awesome. I really appreciate Goodie and JC taking their time to be with kids. Kids in this society today need role models or someone to look up to. It just made their day. Keep up the good work KOMETS great team this year. Looking forward to Friday & Saturday's game.

Fri, 11/17/2006 - 5:33am

This rocks--what a great thing to do, and it's nice to hear about it too.

Fri, 11/17/2006 - 5:45am

I can just imagine the looks on the kids' faces throughout the whole Q&A. Thanks for sharing this, Hoss!

Way to go, Goody and Ruid! What a class-act! :) The fact that they took the time out to do this shows their true character. Nothing but class.

I hope the kids have a great time tonight at the game, Hoss! Go Komets!

Fri, 11/17/2006 - 6:17am

My Child was one of the kids that was there yesterday and that is all he talked about last night. We have season tickets and he was more excited to have players in his class room then he was to go to the games...
Thanks to the Komets for having such a great program on and off the ice.

Fri, 11/17/2006 - 6:36am

Kind of puts that awful loss the other night into perspective. This is good stuff.

Fri, 11/17/2006 - 6:44am

Hoss, where do you teach at? Gezz..if I EVER get to have a classroom -- and got some guys to come and talk -- I think I would be more excited than the kids.. haha!

Fri, 11/17/2006 - 7:39am

LOL Yeah, you would definitely be more excited than the kids, Nanci, but then again, so would I!

Maybe I could work some curriculum into the radio department at the high school that deals with hockey...? Anybody have any ideas? LOL

Fri, 11/17/2006 - 8:54am

Nanci-the school they were at was Whitney Young. It was in the am paper today.

Fri, 11/17/2006 - 1:00pm

It's so wonderful to see the players taking time out of their busy schedules to do these extra things. I am sure that the kids absolutely loved it. Great job Goody and JC