Learning about Canada by learning hockey

York Region (Ontario) has funded the Community Alliance for York Region Education‘s new program “Slapshot”. According to yorkregion.com news, the program uses hockey to teach newcomer children “lessons about teamwork, leadership, nutrition and community building” and, ostensibly, about being a Canadian.
From the news announcement: “How can you teach and develop life skills along with creating an active lifestyle to youngsters new to Canada? For those new to Markham, one way is to get them onto the ice and indoctrinate them into one of Canada’s national pastimes … hockey”.