by Jennifer Redenbach | AHL On The BeatHockey is greater than only a sport for Canadians. It’s a lifestyle.It’s a 5:00 a.m. wake-up name to courageous the chilly and head to the rink for follow. It’s a nostalgic reminiscence of sitting in entrance of the tv with your loved ones, sporting your workforce’s sweater and watching the puck drop on Saturday night time. It’s coming along with 15,000 fellow followers on the enviornment to cheer in your favourite workforce. It’s watching Sidney Crosby discover the again of the web on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and celebrating, not solely together with his workforce, however with all the nation. It’s about belonging to a workforce and sharing your ardour and delight with these round you.That is the expertise Alex Coutu strives to share with college students within the Winnipeg College Division’s Worldwide Program.“Winnipeg College Division invitations college students from world wide to check in Winnipeg and study Canada and Canadian tradition,” Coutu defined. “As a global schooling program, we need to provide our college students not solely a first-rate educational expertise with Winnipeg College Division, however a cultural expertise to allow them to perceive what makes Winnipeg, and Canada, so particular.”Coutu’s function because the Worldwide Pupil Advisor for Winnipeg’s College Division is to not solely to supply help and schooling to the scholars, but additionally contribute a first-hand expertise of Canadian tradition by coordinating discipline journeys.That is how the Winnipeg College Division’s Worldwide Program workers and a gaggle of curious and keen college students wound up at Bell MTS Place on Oct. 18 to see the Manitoba Moose face the Iowa Wild.“A part of what made us need to take the scholars to a Moose recreation hoped they might get a style of the expertise that’s being a part of the hockey group in Winnipeg,” Coutu stated. “There may be nothing like cheering on your house workforce for bonding.”The Moose recreation didn’t disappoint and ended up being action-packed as 10 objectives had been exchanged between the 2 golf equipment. Manitoba ended up getting back from a two-goal deficit which warranted an exciting end despite the fact that the Moose went on to lose the sport, 6-Four.The scholars who attended the hockey recreation hail from many various international locations world wide together with China, Japan, Vietnam, Iran, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Brazil. Coutu was anxious that the scholars would turn out to be disengaged with the expertise since they didn’t know the foundations of the sport. Like dwelling in a brand new tradition, studying a brand new sport may be intimidating. Nevertheless, Coutu mentioned how the coed’s response to the sport was actually fairly the alternative.“Certainly one of my favourite moments was when the Moose pulled the goalie on the finish of the sport,” Coutu defined. “One of many college students was very stressed that the referees weren’t stopping the sport as a result of it wasn’t truthful for the Moose to not have a goalie. I discovered myself having a very nice time explaining the foundations and seeing them tucking that data away.”Curiosity of a brand new expertise was what drew the scholars to the sport within the first place. The scholars’ preconception of a hockey recreation was merely based mostly on their imaginations from the surface wanting in.“Earlier than the sport, most of them in all probability didn’t know what to anticipate. They had been asking in the event that they wanted parkas and mittens as a result of they assumed the rink can be colder than outdoors. I don’t assume they believed that a sweater can be lots heat sufficient. I don’t assume they realized what a fan-friendly place Bell MTS Place can be,” stated Coutu.Taking the scholars to a hockey recreation was to share a chunk of Canadian tradition. Coutu expressed why this expertise was basic in her need to share Canadian heritage with the scholars.“It’s so vital that the scholars expertise what Winnipeg has to supply. As a lot as they’re right here for an schooling, they’re additionally right here to know what makes us Canadians… and Winnipeggers. Different Worldwide program actions or occasions we do are indoor soccer, ice skating, tobogganing, recreation nights, day camps.”One of many many traits Canada holds as a nation is inclusion and delight in what makes us who we’re. The essence of our nation denotes a welcoming spirit. Hockey has the aptitude of being a chance to show inclusion and delight of what Canada has to supply. Coutu expressed that hockey and Canadian tradition are synonymous of their values.“Hockey is about working arduous, doing all of your finest, watching out on your teammates and having some enjoyable. Being Canadian is about working arduous, doing all of your finest, watching out for one another and having some enjoyable; there’s lots of commonality there.”The camaraderie and sense of belonging that a workforce extends doesn’t start and finish on the ice. It melts into the stands, into our communities and throughout the nation. Hockey has the flexibility to unite. The game can welcome those that are unfamiliar with the sport, and Canadian tradition, merely by ardour and the sharing of an expertise. Hockey is likely one of the treasures Canada holds so carefully as a chunk of its custom. To have the ability to share this with others is part of what makes the sport so particular.Hockey gained’t be the one factor that brings folks collectively. Nevertheless, as proved by Alex Coutu and the numerous others on the Winnipeg College Division, it’s an awesome place to start out.