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Watching Canada’s Game

from Jennifer Ahern of the Dal News,

For most Canadians, their first hockey game comes early: a trip to the rink to check out the local junior, major junior or sometimes even NHL team may happen before they’re even out of diapers.

But for international students studying at Dalhousie, hockey may be far from second nature – it may not even be played all that much where they come from, if at all. And sometimes, like in my case as an American international student, I’d just never been to a game before.

Last Thursday, dozens of international students—myself included—had the chance to experience their first hockey game when the College of Continuing Education organized an outing to the Metro Centre to watch the Halifax Mooseheads take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Many international students at Dalhousie take English as a Second Language classes with the college.

Mr. Cochrane explains to me that the aim of these group trips is to introduce Canadian culture to the students, to help make an easier transition to life at Dalhousie. “We expose the students to cultural activities, so I thought, let’s take everybody to a hockey game, see if they like it.”


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