With the World Para Ice Hockey Championships set to hit the ice at the Moose Jaw Events Centre next week, members of Team Canada were out in the community on Wednesday.
Players gave presentations to four local schools, teaching students about para ice hockey, their experiences with Team Canada and the disabilities they had to overcome.
Sunningdale Elementary School hosted forwards Adam Dixon and Alexis Auclair and defensemen Auren Halbert and Micah Kovacevich.
Dixon spoke about some of his favourite moments with the national para ice hockey team.
“My favourite moment playing para hockey was in 2013 we won the world championship in Korea. I was able to call right afterwards and talk to my parents,” he said.
“It was so special because we won in 2008 and that was one of my first ever world championships and I thought it was going to be easy because we were a really good team then. We didn't win for a long time, so finally winning again in 2013 made it feel that much better.”
Meanwhile, Auclair shared a little bit about his disability.
“I got into an accident when I was seven years old. I am now a double amputee, so I lost both of my legs,” he said.
Over at Peacock Collegiate, forward Anton Jacobs-Webb, team captain Tyler McGregor, goaltender Dominic Laroque and defenseman Zach Lavin gave a presentation.
Forwards James Dunn, Jacob LeBlanc and Corbyn Smith and goaltender Jean-Francois Huneault spoke at Lyndale Elementary School.
At Empire Community School, a presentation was given to forwards Rob Armstrong, Vincent Boily and Raphaelle Tousignant and defenseman Tyrone Henry.
Canada takes to the ice for their first game on Monday at 7 p.m. against Korea.