This is just a plain old cool story from the Sudbury Star’s Ben Leeson, who reports that Tyler Bertuzzi received a set of letters from 3rd Grade students in his hometown of Sudbury, so Bertuzzi responded–to each individual student:
Veronica Neilson’s Grade 3 class is often a lively place, but when the letters from Tyler Bertuzzi arrived, it was a hub of activity.
Neilson’s students at Queen Elizabeth II Public School had written to Bertuzzi, a first-year NHL player with the Detroit Red Wings, as part of a project. With help from Angela Bertuzzi, Tyler’s mother and an educational assistant for the class, students learned the player’s back story, from his childhood and early days of minor hockey to his time with the OHL’s Guelph Storm to his pro turn with the Wings organization.
The also learned about hard work, perseverance and about being a good sport. Then they wrote to congratulate him on his first NHL goal, scored against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 14.
The students were overjoyed recently when they realized Bertuzzi had written back not just to the class, but to each of them, individually.
“It was actually quite nice,” beamed eight-year-old Darius Larcher.
“It was awesome,” added nine-year-old Landon Pamser. “He is a kind person.”
Continued, and the article’s worth your time…