Tyler Bertuzzi does his homework, impresses schoolkids in Sudbury with personal responses

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…

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4 thoughts on “Tyler Bertuzzi does his homework, impresses schoolkids in Sudbury with personal responses”

  1. This is a neat story. My initial impression about him was that he was a jerk…albeit our jerk. He fought Nick Jensen at the prospects camp and put Jensen out for months after all. I know Dan Cleary and Big Bert have worked as mentors for the kid. Also I think back to when I was that age and how I did some stupid things as well. Stuff like this is why many of us feel a special relationship with the Wings.

  2. Totally agree with Dale – I kind of had the same early impression.

    But Bert, the proud uncle, really kind of won me over during his time with the Wings. He struck me as good guy, a more complex guy than he was given credit for, and a good teammate, who made one big mistake.

    Anyway, I’m becoming a big fan of Tyler, too.
    He seems a like a good kid, a hard worker and his earning
    a spot this season is a definite bright spot. Good for him and good for us, as a certain former coach would say.

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