RiverKings Defenseman Shares French with Olive Branch High School Students

By: Sylvia Petty

November 29, 2011

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. -- Mississippi RiverKings defenseman Kevin Hamel visited Olive Branch High School to speak and teach a bit of French to Abigail Rodman’s French I classes Monday, Nov. 28.

Hamel a native of the French-speaking Canadian province Quebec, grew up in an English-French bilingual home, and shared his experience with both languages with the high school students.

Mrs. Rodman’s classes also prepared questions ahead of time for Hamel, and practiced their French by asking Hamel about his favorite genre of music, his family and his hockey career.

Hamel concluded his meeting with the students by telling them more about the differences between life in Quebec, Canada and Olive Branch, Mississippi first in French and then translating it into English for them.

Hamel and the rest of the RiverKings hit the ice again this weekend, with their first meetings against the Louisiana Ice Gators in a home-and-home series that starts on the road in Lafayette Friday night, Dec. 2.

Saturday, the RiverKings battle the Ice Gators at the DeSoto Civic Center, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Sunday, the team finishes the weekend with an afternoon tilt versus in-state rivals the Mississippi Surge at 3:05 p.m.

For group tickets to these games or for more information on full or partial RiverKings season ticket packages visit www.riverkings.com or call the front office at (662) 342-1755.

Mississippi RiverKings defenseman Kevin Hamel visited Abigail Rodman’s French I classes at Olive Branch High School, Monday, Nov. 28 to speak French with her students. Kevin a native of the French-speaking Canadian Quebec province answered questions from the students on a variety of topics from his interests to his hockey playing career.
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