Hockey and academia – a thank-you to student parents

The Globe and Mail ran an interview with the governor-general of Canada, entitled “Fighting and ‘goonery’ not something to celebrate in Canada’s game”. I stumbled upon the following piece of Mr. Johnston’s biography, which happened when a hockey scout offered a contract to young David to play junior hockey in Hamilton:

“My mother asked him, ‘What university would the boys go on to and what high schools would they be attending?’ The answers were not to her satisfaction and that was the end of any discussions about me possibly going to Southern Ontario to play.”

Congratulations, madam, on your courage and foresight! As an academic, I am grateful to the parents of my students who support their childrens’ quest for higher education and intellectual development.